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Queensland schools constitutional conventions

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Queensland’s annual program of schools constitutional conventions invites state, Catholic and independent schools to nominate teams of up to 4 students from years 10 and 11 to investigate the constitutional issue:

'Should the Constitution have a new preamble that would recognise our history, our aspirations and the many peoples and groups that make up our nation?'

For 2021, the usual program of face-to-face conventions held in key regional centres will be replaced by:

  • a face-to-face North Queensland convention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Townsville on Thursday 15 July
  • an online statewide convention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students on Wednesday 28 July
  • an online statewide general convention on Friday 30 July.

The program involves pre-reading materials, keynote presentations exploring perspectives on the role and importance of the preamble, discussion groups and the election of delegates to participate in the fully-funded 3 day National Schools Constitutional Convention held each March.

These statewide online conventions will be delivered through Collaborate Ultra, which can be accessed by state and non-state schools.

Who can register?

A school or teacher contact from a Queensland state, Catholic or independent secondary school may register a team of up to 4 years 10 and 11 students and 1 supervisor. Students studying humanities and social science subjects can draw on their learning to investigate an issue, contribute to the discussion or deliver a speech.

One student from each school team may seek election as a delegate to the national convention. Students may only nominate once as a candidate. Nominated students deliver a speech to their peers followed by an election. Student delegates who attend the national convention must be in years 11 or 12.

Following the presentation of candidate speeches, students participating in the convention will elect Queensland's delegates to the National Convention.

Registration

​Name of convention​Date​After registration
​Face-to-face North Queensland convention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Townsville​Thursday 15 July 2021​Following registration of a school team, including contact details for a school contact, pre-reading materials, a draft program and the topic for student speeches will be communicated to the school contact.
Online statewide convention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students​Wednesday 28 July 2021Following registration of a school team, including contact details for a school contact, pre-reading materials, a draft program, the topic for student speeches, a weblink and information to support participation in the online convention will be communicated.
​Online statewide general convention​Friday 30 July 2021​Following registration of a school team, including contact details for a school contact, pre-reading materials, a draft program, the topic for student speeches, a weblink and information to support participation in the online convention will be communicated.

If you have any questions about registration, please email Queensland.SCC@qed.qld.gov.au.

Queensland representatives at the 2021 National Schools Constitutional Convention

Participants attending Queensland’s online statewide schools constitutional conventions held in October 2020 elected a team of 24 delegates to attend the 2021 National Schools Constitutional Convention held on 24 and 25 March. These delegates attend the following schools:

  • Bundaberg State High School
  • Clifton State High School
  • Craigslea State High School
  • Earnshaw State College
  • John Paul College
  • Kedron State High School
  • Kepnock State High School
  • Mirani State High School
  • Pimlico State High School
  • Redlynch State College
  • Ryan Catholic College (Townsville)
  • St Luke’s Anglican College (Bundaberg)
  • St Patrick’s College (Townsville)
  • St Ursula’s College (Toowoomba)
  • Tannum Sands State High School
  • Thuringowa State High School
  • Townsville State High School
  • Trinity Bay State High School
  • Tropical North Learning Academy—Smithfield State High School
  • Wavell State High School
  • Wilsonton State High School.
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Last updated 10 May 2021