Year 10s Pick Political Parties

Last Thursday and Friday, all Year 10 students participated in The Geelong College Politics Program. Students are divided randomly into five political parties along with a media team and a small group of students who function as the AEC hosting a mock election.

Each party decides on Party Leaders and Ministers who deliver a range of speeches and press releases to inform the Year 10 cohort of their policy beliefs. These policies are debated through questions coming from the media members.  

We were blessed this year to have three guest speakers. On Thursday, College staff members Adrian Blades and Dale Carroll shared insights with the Year 10s on the basic framework of how our government works and the role of the media in politics. We also learned about how the AEC adjudicates an election and then processes the ballots to deliver a decision based on preferential voting. 

Finally we heard from former School Co-Captain, Lilli Balaam (OGC 2016), who shared her firsthand experiences of working in Parliament alongside Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson. Lilli made the point that what happens in politics is relevant to each and every one of us and we can all make a difference in this world.

Congratulations to all the candidates for running really respectful campaigns and a special congratulations to Tom Forshaw and Elli White as the victorious Leaders of the Greens Party.

The Year 10s showed real maturity during the entire program and they were delightfully surprised at how much they learned in such a short program.

It was an honour to run the program this year and special thanks to Elliott Bauer, without whom the program could not have been possible.

Kevin Flanagan

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