Year 10 “Make a Difference” day

On Friday 20 March, Adeline Simon and Melissa Ruz of year 10 represented Bethany College at NSW Parliament House attending the ‘Make a Difference Day’. NSW Parliament launched this new program to coincide with the commemoration of many milestones in the development of democracy worldwide that 2015 brings, namely the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the founding document of English constitutional law; the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Freedom Ride that investigated race relations in NSW country towns; and the 25th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela, which led to the demise of apartheid in South Africa.

The day began with a keynote address by by the Hon. Michael Kirby who shared his experiences working on major human rights cases, particularly the 1965 Freedom Rides and the 1992 Mabo Case, and his experiences in bringing about legislative reform as a Justice of the High Court of Australia. Small group sessions then followed which gave Adeline and Melissa an opportunity to share their opinions and work with students from around NSW to develop strategies to address inequalities present in Australia today. This was a great opportunity for these students to explore how Australian democracy works and how to engage as informed and active citizens in our school and local community.

Lara Grimm

Assistant HSIE Coordinator