Year 12 Student Selected for Constitutional Convention

by Alison Young | Feb 24, 2017


The College is proud to announce that their Year 12 Politics and Law student, Nevena Pavlovic, is one of 120 students selected to participate in the 22nd National Schools Constitutional Convention, being held at The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House in Canberra in March 2017. In becoming a national delegate, Nevena was selected from around 4,000 students from government, independent and Catholic schools, most of whom took part in feeder conventions in their home state or territory.

Last year, Nevena took part in the YMCA Youth Parliament 2016 where she had the opportunity to create, debate and pass legislation in State Parliament. Better still she got to speak her mind on a wide range of topics and heard many different perspectives from people around Western Australia.
 
The National Schools Constitutional Convention programme provides senior students with an opportunity to become better informed about how Australia's Constitution provides a democratic framework and encourages them to take an active interest in the operation of government.  The topic of the 2017 Convention is ‘Indigenous Australians and the Constitution’ and the students will consider a range of arguments relating to Indigenous Constitutional recognition. Students will also participate in a mock referendum to determine the outcome of their deliberations.  

Nevena said “Politics and Law has always been an area of interest for me; I've always had a passion for speaking up and making sure the voices of young people are heard, which is one of the main reasons I applied for the National Schools Constitutional Convention. I have loved the subject ever since I first started studying it in Year 7, and hope to pursue a career in that field. Last year I was chosen to represent the district of Wanneroo in the YMCA Western Australian Youth Parliament. It was a great honour representing Wanneroo and seeing all of the youth voicing their opinions in parliament, however it is truly extraordinary that I have the honour of representing the Western Australian youth at the National Schools Constitutional Convention. I am ecstatic to have the pleasure of going to Canberra to represent the amazing state of WA; and I must thank my Politics and Law Teacher for introducing me to the Constitutional Centre of Western Australia.”