Kangaroo Island Community Education Visit
Friday, 7 July 2017
Michael Pengilly visits KICE
Michael Pengilly, MP, visited Middle Years students at Kingscote Campus on Wednesday
27th June, to tie in with the Year 6, 7 and 8 Civics and Citizenship
Students have been learning about the different responsibilities of the federal, state
and local governments and have enjoyed identifying the layout and important
symbols of the different Parliaments.
Mr Pengilly was very happy to answer a range of questions, including why he wanted
to become a politician, what happens when Parliament is sitting, does the State
Parliament have a mace and a black rod, the processes involved in making new
laws and the dress code in Parliament. Mr Pengilly enjoyed Brock's question
about whether people ever confuse Mr Pengilly's initials with his title of MP -
he had everyone laughing because a radio journalist once joked that he is
actually the only SA member to have the initials MP, MP.
The Middle Years students have also been identifying ways in which they can be
active citizens and have focused on identifying ways to reduce landfill and
marine pollution and how to participate in bringing about positive changes to
these problems. They have taken the initiative to organise a soft plastics
recycling program at school and Chaeli Rowley was particularly thrilled to
share her Year 6 class's ideas in a letter to Mr Pengilly.
We also discussed SA's plastic bag ban and 10c container deposit scheme that were
legislated in our State Parliament.
Our Year 7 students are really looking forward to having a tour of the Parliament
with Mr Pengilly on their Year 7 camp in July and we all thank him for taking
the time to work with our classes!