On Monday, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Rt Hon Trevor Mallard, brought his outreach programme to Holy Family School in Wānaka
The school won a video call with the Speaker after completing a survey from the Parliament Education team, and instead Mr Speaker offered to visit them in person. The Speaker’s Outreach programme aims to bring ‘Parliament to the people’, providing an opportunity for people around the country to meet MPs and learn about Parliament.
The Speaker was greeted by School Ambassadors Oliver Cotter and Sebbie Hailey before addressing years 6, 7 and 8 and participating in a debating role play and Q+A session with the year 7 and 8 students.
Three Holy Family students, Hunter Heath, Sarah Dougherty and Oliver Cotter, said it was a “wonderful experience,” and recalled the best moments for the Wānaka Sun.
“He said his day went like this: he drove to Wellington airport, flew to Queenstown and got a
hire car, drove to Wānaka and had an hour to talk with us kids, then had lunch with all the teachers in our staff room, then drove back to Queenstown and flew home back to Wellington.
“The day was a wonderful experience. He told us a little bit about himself and what his role is as the Speaker of the House. The most memorable moment was when we were about to start the debate and he grabbed his wig out of his bag and put it on. We all thought it was a joke and barely contained our laughter.
“Another memorable moment was during the debate when he was the real Speaker of the House, saying his commands for when he is usually in the House.”
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