In Case You Missed It: Parliament Debate

On Tuesday the 15th of August our school captains Annabel Christian and Tom James–Medhurst and I went into the city to be involved in the Victorian Students’ Parliamentary Convention. It was a wonderful event which took place in Parliament House Melbourne. It was an early start, but well worth the trip.

Our school captains were involved in a debate on the topic ‘Zoos are a thing of the past, animals should be rehoused in their natural environment’. Our school captains were again a positive representation of the students of Hillsmeade. We should be very proud of them and the way they confidently conducted themselves at this event.

Annabel’s Reflection

Yesterday Tom, Mrs. Bray and myself were lucky enough to attend a debate in the Melbourne Parliament House. The debate topic was “Zoos are a thing of the past, animals should be rehoused in their natural environment”. In the morning we had two experts on the topic tell us their opinion and explain why they thought that way. Later on we went into groups and discussed whether we thought we needed zoos or we didn’t. One member from each group shared a summary of what their group discussed. Then we all had an opportunity to express our opinion before we voted. I’d like to thank Mrs. Bray for organising the event and for transporting us. Overall it was a great experience and we’d love to do it again!

– Annabel Christian

Tom’s Reflection

On August 15th Mrs Bray drove Annabel and I to Melbourne where we went to Parliament House. We met up with other children from other schools. Its was great sitting high up in Parliament so we could see and hear the parliamentarians debate and ask questions. At morning tea they had fruit kebabs and very nice brownies. We are grateful to have this wonderful experience.

– Tom James-Medhurst

Jodie Bray

Jodie Bray

Jodi started at Hillsmeade as a Leading Teacher in 2015, and then Assistant Principal in 2016. She was acting Principal for two terms in 2016/2017 and then became substantive Principal in term 2, 2017.

She brings a wealth of pedagogical experience to Hillsmeade, and is passionate about using data to drive student outcomes. She is also a passionate basketball player and coach.
Jodie Bray