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