Margaret River students’ visit Perth for lesson in politics

Seat of power: Tommy More student Tom Scott is flanked by his grandmother - former State MP Barb Scott OAM - and retiring South West MP Barry House, during a tour of State Parliament with classmate Joshua Willcox (right).

Seat of power: Tommy More student Tom Scott is flanked by his grandmother - former State MP Barb Scott OAM - and retiring South West MP Barry House, during a tour of State Parliament with classmate Joshua Willcox (right).

A whirlwind day-trip to Perth has plunged a group of keen young St Thomas More Catholic Primary School pupils into the heart of democracy.

The recent visit to Western Australia’s Parliament House capped off weeks of learning about Australia’s political system in the classroom, and gave the students a new insight into the realities of governing the State.

During a behind-the-scenes tour of the Parliamentary buildings, the Year 5 and 6 classes and their teachers, Siobhan Milos and Nicole Teague, met with retiring South West MP and Legislative Council president Barry House for some inside information on the workings of government.

Student Tom Scott, of Prevelly, enjoyed a special visit from his grandmother and former State MP Barbara Scott OAM.

Mrs Scott, an early childhood learning specialist, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia during Australia Day celebrations earlier this year in recognition of her work as a teacher, activist and politician.