After the great success of the USQ Living The Law Seminar, and the networking opportunities provided by the USQ Enterprise Breakfast, the SCOTS Humanities Happenings Team continued their March into a busy first term of 2018. This time with a visit from The Honourable David Littleproud MP, followed soon after by attendance at a Question and Answer Session with the Honourable Mr Michael Kirby AC CMG; both sessions providing invaluable experiences for our enthusiastic students.
Arriving on Friday the 16th of March, directly from a torrid week in Canberra, the Honorable David Littleproud, MP, Minister for Agriculture, did not disappoint. With a brief to present on his experiences of working in our countries legislature, the audience included Senior Legal Studies and Civics and Citizenship students, whose key studies are those directly related to how the Legislature makes laws for our country. We also had present students from our Business Studies classes whom are presently discussing the Governments role in, and influence on, Business and Businesses, as well as some of our Agriculture students, keen to hear from their immediate Minister. Covering issues and answering questions from topics as specialised as Equine Quarantine, to those as broad as Gay Marriage and Human Rights, David shone a positive light on the activities of our peak law-making body, oft referred to as the Australian Parliament. After about 40 minutes of discussions in the Bandy Theatre, David was kind enough to have a short walk and talk with the students, with Pip Wolstenholme and Joshua Bailey taking the opportunity to elaborate on their interests with the Minister – an interesting session for one and all, with the greatest of thanks going to David for sparing the time to remind our students that our politicians are first and foremost the makers of laws for our country.
Later, on a quiet Monday afternoon, in the last week of term one, there could be heard a small group of students standing around mumbling words such as “interesting”, “inspirational” and “eye opening”, after a Q&A session with the Honourable Mr Michael Kirby AC CMG. An amazing career and an amazing man to be sure, but this did not intimidate the students sitting in the intimate setting of one of Toowoomba’s oldest building – St James Anglican Church. There were questions of repeat offenders, access to the law, changing the constitution, his experiences of being an openly Gay man in such a high profile public position, how he handled his time at the United Nations working on the North Korea issue, and learning from law making and enforcing in forward looking countries such as the Netherlands, all of which were answered with absolute eloquence and experience. When asked by our own Academic Prefect, Sophie Osborn, if he could go back in time and give his younger self some advice, his reply was that, firstly he couldn’t go back in time, but, that if he could, he would not change anything, as it has been his life experiences that have made him the man he is today. He then spoke about how if one is brave enough to stand up for what they believe is right, then they should do so, as one person can make a difference! A message that resounded positively around the small church amongst the students and teachers of the select Darling Downs Schools that choose to teach Legal Studies.
So, what’s next in the Happenings of the fluid, real and relative world of Humanities:
- The famous Australian History and Geography Competitions in which the SCOTS PGC always give a good showing.
- Visits from leading Local, State and National Business people and Legal Professionals.
- Field trips to local business, courts, and places of historical and geographical significance.
- The Year 9 History Trip to the State Library and the Queensland War Memorial.
- The Year 11 Legal Studies trip to visit the QUT Moot Court and the Queensland Supreme Courts.
- The Year 12 day out at the TC Bierne School of Law – University of Queensland.
- Year 11 Business trip to the Queensland College of Wine Tourism
- Business students undertaking the ASX Share market game
And who knows what else?
Mr Michael Keevers – Head of Humanities Department
Our students enjoyed a visit from the Honorable David Littleproud, MP, Minister for Agriculture.
Some of our Year 11 and Year 12 students with Honourable Mr Michael Kirby AC CMG.