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What I Learnt in Parliament Today

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Primary and junior secondary students touring Parliament House are invited to let us know what they learnt in Parliament during their visit. Below are some of the responses we have recently received.

  • I learnt that the mace is gold plated and it is actually Stirling silver. We all got to see the mace.
    We did some role play to see what it was like to be in parliament and that the speaker always goes with the government because government has the majorities. I learned A LOT!
    Parliament House was my favourite excursion of year 6. Year six thank you for the tour of Parliament House. Our assessment is a lot easier now!
    Alexis - 6, Dakabin state school 

  • I learnt that everything is red on the second floor of the building and everything is green on the first floor. I also learnt that there are 89 members in parliament and 18 ministers. I had so much fun! - 6K, Groves Christian College

  • The Red floors are the upper house and the green floors are the lower house. - 6th Grade, St Thomas More

  • I learned that the mace has 32 gems: 9 opals, 2 garnets, 6 amethysts and 15 sapphires. - Year 7, One Tree Hill

  • yea so the parliament was so cool and I have really learnt a lot - year 7, Beaudesert State High School

  • We learnt about the special costumes the clerks wore in early parliament. We learnt that the sergeant at arms wears special gloves so the mace won't get tarnished. We learnt that no one but the speaker and the queen can sit in the royal red chair. We learnt that Parliament House is almost 150 year old. We learnt the Green in front of the House is where media interviews are held. - SOF082B, Beaudesert State High School

  • I loved the biscuits and there was lots of gold on the walls. Harry Potter's library was great too! - Yr 6, Catholic College

  • Today I certainly learnt a lot more about how parliament works. This experience has definitely taught me an enormous lot of knowledge towards the history behind the Parliament House. I would also like to add that this experience has taught me how beautiful architecture truly is. I would love to thank the tour guides who most awesomely welcomed us today through their knowledge and experience towards this incredible landmark at Brisbane. - 6P, Siena Catholic Primary School

  • I learnt that the sand stone at the house takes 12 years to clean - foundation, QUT international college.

  • I learnt that the Mace is worth $200,000 and that there was an upper and lower house. In the red floor, there was a special chair that only the Queen and her representative could sit on and the green floor was wear Question Time took place. Also, there are 89 representatives for the Legislative Assembly and 18 ministers. An interesting fact I learnt was that the Sergeant-at-Arms rung a bell for the Ministers and Opposition to discuss outside the Green Floor and they had to be back before 4 minutes. At 4 minutes, the Sergeant rung it again and the people who hadn't come in, were locked out!!! Adjourns mean to finish. - Year 6, Emmanuel College, Carrara

  • I learnt that the Mace was used as a weapon and is $200,00! There is an upper house and lower house; the red floor includes a special chair that only the Queen and her representative can sit on and the green floor where all the debating is held. An interesting fact that I learnt is that the Sergeant-at-Arms would ring a bell and all the Ministers and Opposition people would go out of the room. They have to be back before 4 minutes or else they're locked out and can't vote! - Year 6, Emmanuel College, Carrara

  • It was awesome! - 3, Coomera Anglican College

  • I learnt about what voting is and I also learnt about the difference between the green room and the red room. - Year 1, Yarranlea Primary

  • The governnent. - 5, Yarranlea primary

  • The ministers sit at the front of the lower house start and the people towards the back support the ideas of the front.(ministers) - Year 7, Yarranlea primary school

  • I learn that the mace has 1119 gem stones - Yr3, Yarranlea

  • The mace has 31 Brisbane gems. - 1, Yarranlea Primary school

  • I learnt that the mace is made in England and it is made partly made of silver - Toni - Yr 5, Yarranlea primary school

  • I learnt why The Mace faces to the left. It is because that the ministers are on that side. There are 18 ministers including the Premier. Also the colour red is upper and the colour green is lower. Billy - Yr 7, Yarranlea Primary School

  • I learnt that there are 3 levels of parliament -local -state and the -federal I also learnt that there are a lot of gems ruby sapphires on the mace - Yr 5, Yarranlea primary school

  • I learnt about the Governor and I learnt the diffrants(sic) between the green and red room. - Year 3, Yarranlea primary school

  • I learnt about the legislative council and assembly and it was okay (awesome) - 6, Saint Dympnas

  • I learnt that you can actually watch them debate (the mp's) - 6, Saint Dympnas (Owen)

  • I learnt about the mace and the sergeant at arms. the parliament was so fun that I would like to visit it again. - 6/7H, Nundah State School

  • I learnt that the walls of the parliament out the front of the Annex was a time capsule and there were things in there such as Miners rights and Medicine, and now the even have a coke glass in there for some other people to find in another 5- 10 years (since it gets refurbished every decade) (10 years ) - 5, Varsity College Middle

  • My class and I Learnt a lot, it was so much fun and interesting - Year 6, St Mary's Catholic School

  • On Wednesday the 30th of October, all of the year 6 students had a chance to visit the parliament house. It was so fun and cool watching parliament sitting and I! got to watch it live. I learned that there could possibly be a time capsule under the parliament house. That was very interesting!!!!! - Year 6, Macgregor  

  • It was great fun!!! I WOULD LOVE TO GO AGAIN - 7, Mudgeeraba State School

  • I learnt that there are 89 electorates - 6, Coomera Anglican College

  • I have learnt that the sergeant-at-arms carries the mace in - year 6, St Thomas' School, Camp Hill

  • I learnt what the mace is and what its features where! - year 6, St Thomas School Camp Hill

  • That in parliament there are people like the Speaker, Clerk and Sargent in Arms and there are Bills. - 6, St Thomas

  • On Monday my class went to parliament house. It was so much fun and learnt about so many things . even we get to do the research. - 5, Wooloowin

  • I learnt that the Legislative Council was abolished in 1922, making Queensland's parliament the only unicameral one in Australia. I had SOOOOOOOOO much fun, and got some brilliant pictures. I would definitely go again, and recommend it to all other schools!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Year 6, St Joseph's Primary School Nambour

  • I learnt that the Parliament House was built in 1865. - 7, Elanora State School

  • What I learnt was that the Sergeant-at-Arms has to wear white gloves to carry in the Mace and place it in the holders facing towards the Premier. - 7, Elanora State School

  • I learnt that in Parliament House,  that the upper house is not used for parliamentary sittings anymore, but the lower house is. I also learnt that Government House has been owned by three people- each adding a part to the house as they owned it. - Student Year 7, Elanora State School

  • I learnt how parliament works with only one house, a lot of new words. eg .unicameral. I also learnt what the green and red floor in the lower and upper house represent. - year 7, Elanora State School

  • On Wednesday 5th Sept I learnt that there are 89 members in the Legislative Assembly and 19 Ministers including the Premier. I LOVED THE PARLIAMENT HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - year 7, Elanora S.S

  • That the sergeant at arms carries the mase into parliament. I also learnt that the Queensland Parliament is based on the British System of Government called the WESTMINISTER!! PARLIAMENT WAS SUCH A GREAT EXPERIENCE! - 7N, Manly State School

  • I learnt how parliament works with only one house, a lot of new words eg. unicameral. I also learnt what the green and red floor in the lower and upper house represent. - year 7, Elanora State School

  • Parliament House is made of the upper and lower houses- Student Year 7, Harristown State Primary School

  • That parliament is very interesting and the opposition leader goes at the front i had lots of fun!!! - Student Year 7, Proserpine State School

  • that there are three levels of government - Student Year 7, Norris Road State School Bracken Ridge

  • i learnt that the mace is not used for hurting people now - Student Year 7, Norris Road State School

  • Well, I learned that the Upper House is red because it is the royal colour and the Lower House is green because the villagers used to meet at the Greens. Parliament was so fun!!!! - Student Year 5, Citipointe Christian College

  • I learnt that they have a symbolic mace. - Student Year 7, North Lakes State College

  • i have learnt that there are 89 members who makes the rules year 7, North Lakes State College

  • At Parliament I learnt about the lower house (Legislative assembly) and the upper house (Legislative council) i also learnt about how the clerk-of-arms has to carry in the mace into the parliament. - Student Year 7, North lakes State College

  • I LEARNT THAT THE MACE HAS 5 GEMS, 3 OPALS, 1110 RUBIES AND 1 SAPPHIRES!! - Student Year 7, North Lakes State College

  • I learnt that the Mace was embedded with Queensland Jewels and that the King always wore red because apparently he couldn't bleed. Year 7, North Lakes State College

  • I learnt that there are 89 representatives of the legislative assembly and 18 ministers - Student Year Student Year 7, North Lakes State College

  • That QLD parliament only has one house, whilst the Westminster has two houses. - Student Year 7, North Lakes State College

  • We learnt about the arguments and the rooms of the parliament house. Also the spots where u may find people sitting and their role in the parliament house. - Student Year Student year 7C, North Lakes State College

  • I found out that there are 18 Ministers including the Premier. - Student Year 7, Wilston State School

  • I learnt that there are 89 members in the Legislative Assembly and 18 members that are ministers. - year 5, John Paul College

  • I LEARNT THAT THE MACE HAS 5 GEMS, 3 OPALS, 1110 RUBIES AND 1 SAPPHIRES - Student Year 8, Caloundra State School

  • I learnt about the mace. PARLIAMENT IS SO FUN!!! - Student Year 7, KGSC

  • I learnt that the parliament took 3 years to build and the grass outside the parliament today was used as the temporary parliament while they were building the new bit of the parliament. And the things that used go on the roof were cool too. - Student Year 6, Coomera Anglican College

  • I went to QLD Parliament House as an excursion last week and I have to say I was not disappointed as I got to see the MPs debating and it was very interesting. - year 6 , Mary MacKillop Catholic College

  • I learnt how a sitting day works and got to see the parliament and question time. - year 6, Mary MacKillop Catholic College

  • I learnt that you can see the debate in real life. I also learnt that question time is very fun. - Year 6, Mary MacKillop catholic college

  • At Queensland Parliament I learnt about how new laws are passed through. I also learnt about what they discuss in parliament. I learnt about what everyone's roles are. - year 6, Mary MacKillop Catholic College

  • I learnt that there is no upper house. - Year 6, Mary MacKillop

  • I learnt there was a green house and a red house. - Year 6, Mary Mackillop

  • That there is a Sergeant-at-Arms. - Year 6, Mary MacKillop Catholic College

  • At Queensland Parliament I learnt about making new laws. Also we did a role play about how the laws are made. I learnt a lot about all the people in parliament and what their roles are. - year 6, Mary MacKillop Catholic College

  •  I learnt that the Legislative Council voted itself out of Parliment and it hasn't been used in years. - Year 6SA, Sunshine Coast Grammar School
  • Once the doors to the Parliamentary Chamber are closed, nobody can enter the chamber to vote. I loved sitting in the seats of the parliament and do roleplaying. - Year 6SA, Sunshine Coast Grammar School

  • I learnt about how the mace was used as a weapon and i love my new information. - 6, GA

  • I learnt how a bill is passed and that the Queen's chair is called the Royal Red Chair. - 6, RJAS

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