Kelmscott SHS student attends National Schools Constitutional Convention in Canberra

Jessica Openshaw accepting her certificate of participation from Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training.
Jessica Openshaw accepting her certificate of participation from Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training.

A KELMSCOTT Senior High School student was one of just 15 WA representatives to attend the National Schools Constitutional Convention in Canberra last month.

Jessica Openshaw joined a delegation of 115 students at the three-day convention, participating in a debate about whether Section 44 of the Australia Constitution, which outlines grounds for candidate disqualification during elections, was relevant in present day Australia.

After hearing from experts and participating in the debate, Jessica and her fellow students voted in a mock referendum where the majority agreed on an amendment to the constitution.

Jessica said the convention was an opportunity she would never forget.

“It was an amazing opportunity to meet those who I wish to be like one day, and I am so grateful for that experience,” she said.

“During the program I learnt so much, which I know will be valuable to me throughout the rest of year 12, and beyond that through my career.

“The Constitutional Convention was an amazing experience that I will never forget.”

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