Beaudesert Rotary chooses Kooralbyn student for Canberra trip

CANBERRA: Some of the 30 Australian students in Canberra for the Rotary program.
CANBERRA: Some of the 30 Australian students in Canberra for the Rotary program.

BEAUDESERT Rotary sponsored a trip to Canberra for Kooralbyn student Cassandra Sharp during budget week.

Delegates spent the majority of the week at parliament House, taking part in focus groups, watching an official opening ceremony with the speaker, joining in activities at the Museum of Australian Democracy and visiting the Foreign Affairs Department.

The year 11 student at TKIS said she was honoured to have been chosen as the Scenic Rim delegate for the week-long Rotary Adventures in Citizenship program after submitting a 90-second statement on equal rights.

"I went to Canberra on March 30 with 29 other students from all across the country," she said.

"We got to observe procedures in the House of Representatives and the Senate, which gave us insight into parliament and how it all works.

"We also got to see the budget and budget reply speeches."

Ms Sharp said she had also met with Scott Buchholz during her Canberra trip, as well as visiting the National Gallery, the War Memorial and the US Embassy.

The delegates stayed with Rotary host families while in Canberra.

Cassandra Sharp at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Cassandra Sharp at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

"I was lucky enough to stay with John and Michelle Hawley, who kindly took me in with two other delegates- Emma from Victoria and Sarah from Tasmania," Ms Sharp said.

She said the trip to Canberra, especially during budget week when there was so much going on, had been a good lesson in how the government works but it was not all about politics.

"We also went to the War Memorial, the National Gallery and the Australian Institute of Sport, where had a talk from a star athlete," she said.