New resource coming soon: Aboriginal Change Makers

Aboriginal Change Makers - Coming Soon

Parliament of Victoria has had the privilege of partnering with Worawa Aboriginal College to produce a new educational resource, under the guidance of Dr Lois Peeler AM, widely known as Aunty Lois, a recognised Elder in the Aboriginal community. To be launched later next month, Aboriginal Change Makers will be a teaching resource for Victorian schools that explores the rich history, culture, identity and struggle of eminent Victorian Aboriginal leaders who were instrumental in bringing about change for their people. With stories, images and a suite of learning activities, the free digital resource will explore Aboriginal community decision-making, leadership and the development of the Aboriginal Rights Movement.

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The Parliament Prize 2021 - Tips for presenting to camera

Presenting to camera

It’s official, our annual Parliament Prize competition officially opened this week. Over the last few months we've been developing resources to help you make the most of this learning opportunity in your classroom.

In earlier entries here on the Springboard blog, we provided some ideas to help students identify and research a topic for the Parliament Prize competition. In this edition, we've provided some tips about speaking to camera that aim to help students develop and expand their skills to produce a 90 second video on their issue or topic of choice.

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How a law is made - Grades 3 and 4

How a law is made - Grades 3 and 4

The 'How a Law is Made' resource is specifically designed with grades 3 & 4 in mind. The activities look at why we have rules and laws and the differences between them. This can be used in conjunction with our video 'Parliament of Victoria explains: How Parliament makes laws', with some questions to help student understanding of this process.

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2021 National Schools Constitutional Convention

National School's Constitutional Convention

The National Schools Constitutional Convention took place on the 24 & 25 March, which would normally see students from all around Australia travelling to Canberra for the two-day event. This year the convention was held across 11 hubs connecting with Canberra, the central hub, via video conferencing.

Across the two days students addressed the question "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?"

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Meet our new Education Advisory Panel members

Faces of Parliament - meet our new Advisory Panel memebrs

Our Education Advisory Panel plays an integral part in informing the work we do to connect teachers and students with the work of Parliament. This year, we are pleased to welcome 3 new panel members: Alison, Amelia and Jack.

Alison brings a wealth of knowledge from her experiences at a brand new school, which has welcomed year 11 students for the first time this year. This has meant that much of Alison’s recent work has been focused on introducing new subjects, developing curriculum and creating a wide range of student support material.

Amelia and Jack are our student representatives. This is a new role on the Advisory Panel, and we are so fortunate to have partnered with the VicSRC to create the opportunity to hear from students directly. Both Amelia and Jack recently attended our first meeting for the year, and it's already clear how much we're all going to benefit from the insights they will bring.

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