East Hills Boys High School student Kirby Pearson has been selected for the National Schools Constitutional Convention team.
EAST Hills Boys High School student Kirby Pearson is one of 120 Year 11 and 12 students selected to take part in the 22nd National Schools Constitutional Convention, being held at Old Parliament House in Canberra next week.
The National Schools Constitutional Convention program gives senior students the opportunity to become better informed about how Australia's Constitution provides a democratic framework and encourages them to take an active interest in the operation of government.
The topic of the 2017 Convention is 'Indigenous Australians and the Constitution'.
In becoming a national delegate, Kirby, an Indigenous student, was selected from around 4,000 students from government, independent and Catholic schools, most of whom took part in feeder conventions in their home state or territory.
"It was a real thrill to be selected," Kirby said.
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity."
Kirby says he is eager to put his views forward on the inclusion of Australia's first peoples in the constitution.
"Although I realise it's not part of the topic for the convention, I would also like to put my views forward on equal marriage in Australia," he said.
Students will consider a range of arguments relating to Indigenous Constitutional recognition. This will include input from a panel of experts, group discussions on the issues and the opportunity to persuade other delegates of particular approaches. Students will then take part in a mock referendum to determine the outcome of their deliberations.
The convention will be held from March 15 to 17 at Old Parliament House.