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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 9 to 11 to examine a constitutional issue and participate in the selection of delegates to attend the fully-funded 3 day National Schools Constitutional Convention, held in Old Parliament House in Canberra each March.

For 2020, the usual program of face-to-face conventions held in key regional centres will be replaced by:

  • an online state-wide convention for Indigenous students on Tuesday 20 October
  • an online state-wide general convention on Wednesday 21 October.

These state-wide online conventions will deliver a shortened program via the department’s Collaborate Ultra platform and include:

  • Session 1: Acknowledgement of Country / Convention opening
  • Session 2: two keynote speakers will present perspectives on a constitutional issue followed by discussion groups and Q and A
  • Session 3: students nominating to be a delegate to the national convention will deliver a 3 minute speech within regional groupings followed by an election
  • Session 4: announcement of Queensland’s delegates to the national convention.

Who participates?

Year 11 students studying Legal Studies, Modern History, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies or other Humanities subjects are well placed to contribute to and participate in the program. Year 9 and 10 students studying Humanities subjects such as History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, and Economics and Business can draw on their learning to discuss and make presentations on constitutional issues.

Who can register?

State, Catholic and Independent schools may register a team of up to 4 students from Years 9 to 11 and 1 or 2 school staff member to participate.

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 at the time of travel.

Registration

​Name of convention​Date
​Topic for the three minute speech to be presented by students nominating to be a delegate for the National Convention
​Queensland Schools Constitutional Convention for Indigenous students​Tuesday 20 October 2020​Using your understanding of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the Imagination Declaration, why is change necessary and what is your vision for Australia? Consider the Australian Constitution as a context for your argument.
Queensland Schools Constitutional General convention​Wednesday 21 October 2020​Is the division of powers decided in the 1890s appropriate today? Consider control of Australia’s water as a context for your argument.

Following registration, a weblink and information to support participation in the online convention will be communicated to the school contact.

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

Queensland representatives at the 2020 National Schools Constitutional Convention

From 9 conventions held across the state from June to November 2019, Queensland’s team of delegates to attend the 2020 National Schools Constitutional Convention were determined. The annual convention usually held in March was postponed and is to be held online on 1 October 2020.

Queensland’s team of delegates are drawn from the following schools:

  • Bentley Park College
  • Bundaberg North State High School
  • Burnett State College
  • Corinda State High School
  • Craigslea State High School
  • Good Counsel College (Innisfail)
  • Kedron State High School
  • Kirwan State High School
  • Mabel Park State High School
  • Mirani State High School
  • Pimlico State High School
  • Queensland Academies for Health Sciences
  • Queensland Academy of Science, Mathematics & Technology
  • Rivermount College
  • Ryan Catholic College (Townsville)
  • St Columban’s College (Caboolture)
  • St Monica’s Catholic College (Cairns)
  • St Patricks College (Townsville)
  • Tropical North Learning Academy—Smithfield State High School
  • Windaroo Valley State High School.
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Last updated 31 August 2020