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Published on March 17th, 2015 | by St Peter's College


PM reveals future career to be writer

MEET THE LEADER: Federal MP Andrew Southcott, St Peter’s College Junior School Captain James Tallent, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Junior School Vice Captain Ned Duggan.
A GROUP of students from St Peter’s College has found out a secret about Prime Minister Tony Abbott on a recent trip to Canberra.
Year 7 junior school captain James Tallent said he felt honoured for the opportunity to meet the Prime Minister, who was ‘‘cheerful and friendly’’.
“When my classmates and I met Prime Minister Abbott, we asked several questions and his replies were very informative,’’ he said.
“For example, the question: ‘What would you like to do after your time in office?’ was asked, he replied that he would like to be a journalist as this is what sparked his interest in politics.”
James said the opportunity to watch Mr Abbott in Parliament House provided an insight into the demanding role.
Junior school vice-captain Ned Duggan discovered he wasn’t the only member in his family to shake the hand of an Australian prime minister. “When I told my grand- father that I had met the Prime Minister, he showed me a photograph of when he shook prime minister (Robert) Menzies’ hand when he came to Adelaide,” he said. (Mr Menzies was leader from 1949-66.)
“Although while meeting Mr Abbott was a highlight, my favourite part of the trip was visiting the Australian Institute of Sport.”
The students were in Canberra as part of their civics and citizenship unit of work to learn more about democracy. Federal MP for South Australian seat Boothby and Saints old scholar Andrew Southcott arranged the 30-minute meeting with Mr Abbott during the boys’ visit to Parliament House.
Head of junior school David Hine said it also helped students to understand Australian history. “Through a visit to the Australian War Memorial students come to appreciate the significance of the sacrifice so many Australians have made for our nation,’’ he said.
“St Peter’s College students have been traveling to Canberra for well over a decade now, but this is the first time our boys have met the PM on their visit.’’
The students also visited the old Parliament House, the National War Museum, the National Gallery, Questacon and the Australian Institute of Sport.
Mr Hine said sitting in the seats of power of Old Parliament House and re-enacting scenes from the past gave the students a rare and valuable experience.
When I told my grandfather I had met the Prime Minister, he showed me a photograph of when he shook prime minister Menzies’ hand when he came to Adelaide.
17 Mar 2015 • Adelaide Advertiser, Adelaide (Education Now)
by Martina Simos

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