On Tuesday 6 August, Lola D and Elliot F represented Bialik at the 2019 Primary Schools Parliamentary Convention. 

The topic of the day was, “Should athletes and other celebrities use their popularity to influence political and social issues?” 

The day was held at Parliament House, Melbourne, with all proceedings taking place within the Legislative Assembly. Events began with a welcome to country delivered by a member of The Wurundjeri Council and a welcome to attendees delivered by Maree Edwards MP, Deputy Speaker of The Legislative Assembly. Tim Richardson MP, Parliamentary Secretary for School then introduced the topic for the day which led into opening addresses. 

Students from selected primary schools were invited to make opening statements and Lola and Elliot gave an address on behalf of Bialik.

Clementine Ford (writer and presenter) and Rayoni Nelson (from School, Sports Victoria) gave keynote addresses and following these, students broke into mixed school discussion groups where they discussed and debated the reasons for and against whether athletes/celebrities should use their popularity to influence political and social issues.

Following a lunch break, representatives from each discussion group reported back to the assembly. Individual students then had the opportunity to share their personal views during the soap box session. The final vote showed that the majority of attendees believe athletes and other celebrities should use their popularity to influence political and social issues.

The day was an interesting and provocative one as our students heard and learnt about emotive, factual and well researched views.

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