How Do We Lead The Way?

We are going on a ‘virtual’ excursion to Parliament House.

Spend a few minutes having a look around Parliament House using the site below.

Answer the questions about Parliament House using the ‘Fact’ link-

Take some time to access the links to further information.

Share a fact with the class

The link below lists 20 questions about the Government of Australia. You will be given a random question that you need to read carefully and share with the class.

If there are any words you are unsure of you will need to do further research to find out their meaning.

What if we wanted to really visit Parliament House? Prepare a budget that includes:

–  return flights to Canberra for your family

– accommodation for 3 nights

– transfers to and from the airport

– meals (allowance)

– souvenirs (allowance)

Show your itinerary for the 3 days using a table format. Screen capture your flights/ hotel/ etc

Local Council Services and Responsibilities

Visit the Nillumbik Council Website and make a list of the services offered by the Council.

Can you identify any services that you or your family have used?

What are some of the issues that a Local Council might have to deal with? (e.g. parking, rubbish, pets).


Extension: visit the websites of some other councils (Whittlesea Shire Council, Banyule Council, Manningham Council) and compare the services offered by these councils to Nillumbik. Are there similarities? Differences? Can you think of any reasons why the services offered might be different?

Straw no more

  1. Watch the BTN episode and respond to the following questions:
  • What were some of the things Molly did to get her message out to the public? Who did she talk to?
  • What do you think is an alternative to using single-use plastic straws?
  • Why do you think Molly is trying to reduce the use of single-use plastic straws? What are some of the challenges Molly might face in achieving her goal?
  • Create a list of questions you would ask Molly if she came to our school.

You may like to visit Molly’s Straw No More website to help you answer some of these questions.

Prime Ministers of Australia – research task

Using an app of your choice, you need to create a historical timeline from 1901 – 2018 of each Prime Minister that represented Australia.

Information you must include:

  • Date
  • Picture
  • minimum of 3 facts about each person; for example, how long they served? what policies did they implement? what were their beliefs? were they a good prime minister?

You can use the following website to help you find information:

Or research using the internet.

This may be helpful:


 Young Leaders

  1. What was the main point of the BtN Young Leaders story?
  2. What do you think makes a good leader?
  3. Name some famous leaders.
  4. Who do you think is a good leader? Give reasons why.
  5. Do you think it is important for kids to learn leadership skills? Why or why not?
  6. What opportunities do you get at school to practise leadership skills?
  7. What sort of leader do you think would be?
  8. What sorts of changes would you like to make as a leader?
  9. What do you understand more clearly since watching the BtN story?

What is an Electorate?


  1. At election time, people vote for the ______________ who are running in their________________
  2. What is an electorate?
  3. How many federal electorates are there in Australia?
  4. How many square kilometres does the electorate of Grayndler cover?
  5. Which is the largest electorate in Australia? How many square kilometres does it cover?
  6. How are electorates worked out?
  7. Who are electorates named after?
  8. What is a safe seat?
  9. Why do politicians spend a lot of time campaigning in marginal seats?
  10. What do you understand more clearly since watching the BTN story?

Now that we know a little bit about your Party and the creative ideas that you have, it’s time to get serious!

In the next sitting of Parliament your party will be representing either the state or local government to put forward a policy regarding any one of the following areas:

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Roads
  • Railways
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Mining
  • Agriculture
  • Parks
  • Rubbish

You will be proposing a bill which introduces a new idea to improve on one of these areas.

In preparation for your bill to be passed you must complete the following:

  • Your Party must have a Poster that clearly states the Party name and a large logo that represents in some form what area your have chosen to improve
  • All Party members must have a badge that clearly identifies the role they have undertaken in this process. This could include:
  1. Communication Officer – The person who makes sure everything is coming together. They ensure ideas all match up with the plans of each member. This is the group member that will present at Parliament.
  2. Presentation Developer – This person puts together the groups’ ideas and compiles it into a keynote presentation.
  3. Marketing Director – This role involves making your party known, you could make a commercial, newspaper article etc. This member is also in charge of making the group poster and badges.
  4. Researcher – This role involves researching current policies and plans in place for these areas and can justify the purpose for the groups’ new idea. They may also research the cost of implementing this new proposal

Your Party must be ready to present to Parliament in the last few weeks of term!

You will be prepared for Parliament by completing:

  • Party name and logo on poster along with badges for all members
  • A 5 minute presentation of your proposed idea, including: research regarding any current issues in this area, the cost of your proposal, marketing (commercial and newspaper articles etc), and how it will benefit Australia and the community



INQUIRY – Yertle the Turtle


Answer the following questions about Yertle the Turtle. We have discussed many of these issues during our class discussion.

  1. Why do you think Yertle the Turtle thought he was superior to the other turtles?
  2. Why did the other turtles obey his commands?
  3. What do you think the other turtles could have done to prevent such a dictatorship?
  4. Can anyone think of a similar situation in our world today?? Use the internet to research your answer.
  5. Find quotes from Yertle in the book that indicate the type of leadership exhibited (dictatorship). Write these quotes inside the turtle template provided. Click on the image below to link to the book.
  6. Yertle the Turtle and Other Sto – Dr. Seuss-rryem7

INQUIRY – Levels of Government

We are going to watch the following BtN together. It looks at the different levels of government in Australia.

Check out the fact sheet below – what roles does each level of government play?


Design a graphic display of the three levels of government.

What are the three levels of government in Australia and what are their responsibilities?

Use ‘images’ to show what each level of Government is responsible for.

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