Parliament Prize Taking action: Evaluating the options

Springboard Aug2021 ParlPrize

Entries for the Parliament Prize have closed for another year. And while judging is well underway, we thought we share with you some of the insights so far from the competition, including the number of students and schools who participated and a glimpse at some of the really interesting topics and issues students spoke about.

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VCE Legal Studies: A focus on committees

Springboard Aug2021 PD

On Wednesday 28 July, Community Engagement hosted a professional learning webinar for 70 VCE Legal Studies teachers, students and preservice teachers. Providing teachers and students with an opportunity to step outside the textbook and expand their knowledge of Committees in the law-making process was the aim of the session. With the support of Parliamentary Committee Managers Yuki Simmonds and Patrick O’Brien, the online discussion explored the role of committees in the law-making process, and provided insights on how individuals, organisations, courts and the media can influence and affect this process.  

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New resource coming soon: Aboriginal Change Makers

Aboriginal Change Makers - Coming Soon

UPDATE: The Aboriginal Change Makers resource is now available. Click here to learn more and to access the resource online or download the eBook. 

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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