Constitution taken to heart
FOR a small country school, Woodenbong Central is punching above its weight in the national arena.
Two students among the 240 on the roll have recently achieved recognition for their gifts.
School captain Jimmarl Williams travels to Canberra today to take part in the 2010 National Schools Constitutional Convention.
He will be among 125 students from across Australia attending the 15th convention, which is being held at Old Parliament House.
To become a national delegate Jimmarl, 17, was chosen from 4000 students from all schools, most of whom took part in feeder conventions in their home state or territory.
The topic is Federalism: United Or Divided, and students will be guided by constitutional law experts to explore the division of legislative powers between the Commonwealth and the states and territories, with a focus on water and hospitals. Jimmarl’s interest in the law was sparked last year when he was a delegate at the State convention in Sydney.
The topic discussed then was ‘Should Aborigines have rights under the constitution?’
It was a subject close to the young Githabul man’s heart, and he was pleased the final vote was a resounding ‘yes’.
The experience made today’s Canberra convention a slightly less daunting prospect.
“I am really looking forward to going to Canberra to debate constitutional reform,” he said.
Jimmarl’s other interests include ‘all sport’, and he is a keen newspaper reader.
Another Woodenbong student, Melissa Hoffman, in Year 11, yesterday received her Stellar Astronomy Scholarship from the Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, in a ceremony at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.