FCJ College’s elected student leaders visited Federal Member for Indi Cathy McGowan in Parliament last week as part of a trip to Canberra.
The student leadership team for 2018 travelled with nine students from Yarrawonga’s Sacred Heart College and staff from both schools on Sunday, October 15.
The trip included a visit to the High Court of Australia, where students had a tour of courtrooms and learnt about the court system, how it works and how to get involved in it as a career.
The group also spent an afternoon at Parliament House, starting with a tour of the building and culminating with a meeting with Ms McGowan and Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum.
Ms McGowan and Mr Drum spoke to students about leadership and pathways to various careers in politics.
FCJ’s 2018 social justice and environment captain Jessica Lucas said having the opportunity to hear what Ms McGowan had to say about leadership was a highlight for her.
‘‘She said that to be a good leader you need to have courage and confidence in the people around you and in your own actions and decisions, which means you have to be yourself,’’ Jessica said.
‘‘It’s important that you have faith in your abilities and confidence in your actions.’’
Ms McGowan said it was a pleasure to host the group and give students the opportunity to visit Parliament House.
‘‘They shared great ideas about mental health, leadership and renewable energy,’’ Ms McGowan said.
‘‘With the final year of secondary school ahead, we discussed how important it is to support one another.
‘‘Congratulations to them for stepping up to lead in their local communities.’’
The group also had the opportunity to sit in on Question Time and visit the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Students had some free time to see the city and had the chance to see the lights of Canberra from the Telstra Tower.
FCJ College 2018 captain Ethan Viant said the trip, although short, was an amazing opportunity.
‘‘The highlight of my trip was Question Time in Parliament House, as it was exciting and a different view of what people might think happens in Parliament,’’ Ethan said.
On their last day in Canberra, some members of the group had the opportunity to see a case being heard by the High Court, while others visited the Australian Institute of Sport.