Teenager takes on par­lia­ment

Central Telegraph - - LIFE | SCHOOLS -

BILOELA State High School stu­dent Cait­lyn Dono­hoe spent part of her hol­i­days par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Queens­land Youth Par­lia­ment in Bris­bane as the rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Bur­nett.

The Year 12 stu­dent took the role of Op­po­si­tion Leader and the Youth Mem­ber for Health and Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices.

Cait­lyn was one of 93 young Queens­lan­ders par­tic­i­pat­ing in the an­nual event, which has now com­pleted its 23rd year.

Queens­land Youth Par­lia­ment is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to learn about Queens­land’s demo­cratic pro­cesses, share ideas and de­bate bills.

Any­one aged 15 to 25 is en­cour­aged to ap­ply, with no pre­req­ui­sites other than a pas­sion to en­cour­age pos­i­tive change in the com­mu­nity.

The YMCA Queens­land Youth Par­lia­ment is op­er­ated by the YMCA of Bris­bane, spon­sored by the Of­fice for Youth, and sup­ported by Mem­bers and staff of the Queens­land Par­lia­ment.

DUR­ING the last week of Term 3, our Year 11 stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in work ex­pe­ri­ence.

Stu­dents were given the op­por­tu­nity to sam­ple work from dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries and work­places, gain­ing valu­able life­long ex­pe­ri­ence.

Biloela State High School would sin­cerely like to thank all of the providers for their won­der­ful sup­port by host­ing our stu­dents each year.

MY name is Maëlle and I am an ex­change stu­dent from France.

I chose to spend a term in Aus­tralia to im­prove my English.

It can be hard to leave your fam­ily for three months and go­ing some­where you don’t know with peo­ple who don’t even speak your lan­guage.

But I have had a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence and I wish ev­ery­one could ex­pe­ri­ence this once in their life. Ev­ery­one asked me why I chose Biloela. Ac­tu­ally, I didn’t choose. I only chose to go in Aus­tralia be­cause I’ve al­ways been at­tracted by this coun­try.

It’s so far away from France and so dif­fer­ent.

I’m here now in a new host fam­ily that I love with new lit­tle broth­ers and sis­ters.

I’m study­ing in a new high school, I’ve got new friends.

I have loved Aus­tralia but most of all, I re­ally love Biloela. When I first came here, I was scared to be alone but ac­tu­ally, ev­ery­one was wel­com­ing and re­ally nice.

This ex­pe­ri­ence changed my life and of­fered me the op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover a new coun­try, new ways of life but most of all; I met amaz­ing peo­ple on the op­po­site side of the world.

Biloela is a small town and I wasn’t used to it be­cause I live in a big city in France but here, ev­ery­one knows each other and I had the chance to do a lot of ac­tiv­i­ties.

I played ten­nis, tried touch foot­ball, went to the Thanga Races, and vis­ited an Aus­tralian zoo.

I tried to do as many ac­tiv­i­ties as I could so I could en­joy my ex­pe­ri­ence like an Aus­tralian per­son.

I have loved to wake up in the morn­ing and see kan­ga­roos in my gar­den, I have loved to meet new peo­ple, and I love Aus­tralia.

I will come back so see you soon mate!

I have loved Aus­tralia but most of all, I re­ally love Biloela. — Maëlle

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

IN THE HOT SEAT: Cait­lyn Dono­hoe spent part of her hol­i­days par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Queens­land Youth Par­lia­ment in Bris­bane as the rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Bur­nett.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Maëlle en­joyed her time at Biloela State High School as an ex­change stu­dent from France.

Greta at De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries.

Maëlle from France.

Emma at Ba­nana Shire Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice.

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