Chisholm Catholic College student Alice Youn (Year 12) was selected as one of 120 students around Australia to attend the 23rd National Schools Constitutional Convention in Canberra. This is the second consecutive year a Chisholm Catholic College student was chosen and Alice is the fifth Chisholm student to receive the honour.

Alice was one of 15 students from Western Australia who travelled to Canberra from 20th to 22nd March 2018 to participate in the highly prestigious Convention.

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Alice explains, “Despite only being in Canberra for four days, I can safely say that is was one of the most eye-opening and life-changing experiences of my life… Throughout the week, our large student delegation debated, discussed and learned about many topics to do with the Constitution and relevance of Section 44. Among all this learning, we were given many opportunities to meet with influential people and go to many amazing places.”

The highlights for Alice included watching Senate Question Time; meeting the Leader of the Opposition Senator Penny Wong and the President of the Senate Scott Ryan; and being invited to afternoon tea at the home of Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove.

At the Convention, Emeritus Professor John Warhurst AO led a two-day programme in which students explored “Is Section 44 of the Constitution relevant in modern Australia?” The students listened to a panel of experts, considered the issues in working groups and then voted in a mock referendum. Other features of the Canberra Convention included a reception at Government House, the Prime Minister’s welcome reception at Parliament House and a Convention dinner (with tour) at the High Court.