Bundaberg Christian College students have just returned from a trip to Canberra where they got to meet Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
The excursion was all part of the Compass Student Leaders Conference for Year 12 school leaders, with seven seniors from BCC in attendance.
Cameron Ivers, Head of Middle and Senior School, said out of all the students who participated in the conference, only BBCC had the special privilege of meeting the Prime Minister.
“We had arranged to meet local member and minister Keith Pitt whose office facilitated the students meeting the PM,” Cameron said.
“They were excited and considered it a real privilege for him to take time out of his schedule to speak with them.
“They spoke about plans after school, how to crack a whip (which the Prime Minister can do and has taught his daughters to do), why they were in Canberra and what they had seen while they were there.”
The students also had the opportunity to attend Question Time at Parliament followed by a tour.
Year 12 student Melanie Ames said being part of the conference had meant a lot to her.
“I would say the main highlights of the trip were meeting so many other like-minded, young leaders and the talks that challenged me to think about leadership and life in general differently,” she said.
Student Ethan Devlin said while he was nervous about the meeting at first, he found the Prime Minister to be down-to-earth and interested in what he had to say.
“Scott Morrison asked all of us what occupation we wanted to do after school, the roles we have at our school at the moment and what we thought of question time,” he said.
Student Jezreel Hendy added the whole experience was something special.
“He (Scott Morrison) is pretty good at getting a conversation going and holding it,” Jezreel said.
“Meeting him in person, he was rather casual and down to earth.
“Apart from that, meeting with people from all around the country and just making new friendships and memories was also great.”
Principal Paul Thompson said the conference had been a huge success.
“I’m very proud how the students engaged with the conference and how they presented Bundaberg Christian College and the region so beautifully,” he said.