Back to school for politi­cians

Joondalup Times - - OPINION -

SA­CRED Heart Col­lege is cel­e­brat­ing its first grad­u­ates to be­come Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment.

Joon­dalup MLA Emily Hamil­ton grad­u­ated from the Sor­rento school in 2002, while Kings­ley MLA Jes­sica Sto­jkovski grad­u­ated in 1998.

The pair returned to the col­lege to at­tend a whole school as­sem­bly and speak with a Year 11 po­lit­i­cal and le­gal stud­ies class.

“In the 19 years since I grad­u­ated, so much has changed but so much has stayed the same,” Ms Sto­jkovski said.

“There are new build­ings and new learn­ing cour­ses but the spirit of cel­e­brat­ing achieve­ment and sup­port­ing stu­dents’ dreams and goals are still there.”

She said Year 11 stu­dents “showed a keen in­ter­est in the chal­lenges and bar­ri­ers for women in Par­lia­ment”.

“I hope some of them also have as­pi­ra­tions to rep­re­sent their com­mu­ni­ties in the fu­ture,” she said.

Ms Hamil­ton ad­vised stu­dents to take every op­por­tu­nity.

“I spoke to them about be­ing the 30th woman elected to the 40th Par­lia­ment and the im­por­tance of equal rep­re­sen­ta­tion in our Par­lia­ments,” she said.

Kings­ley MLA Jes­sica Sto­jkovski, Sa­cred Heart Col­lege Year 12 stu­dent Kieran Ho­gan and Joon­dalup MLA Emily Hamil­ton.

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