St. Augustine School’s Grade 6 students visited the Legislature recently.

St. Augustine School’s Grade 6 students visited the Legislature recently.

Grade 6 students partake in Alberta history

April 8, 2014 was a big day for the St. Augustine School’s Grade 6 classes.

By Madison Fleck, Grade 6 student

St. Augustine School

April 8, 2014 was a big day for the St. Augustine School’s Grade 6 classes. It was our trip to the Legislature building in Edmonton. We had been preparing for this trip by rehearsing our scripts for the mock legislature (which involved each class passing a mock bill) and learning the roles of MLAs, premiers, the opposition, and many other positions. Learning about parliament and democracy is a big part of the Grade 6 social curriculum, so we were ready to go to this amazing piece of Alberta history.

After arriving at the Legislature building, we were introduced to our tour guide and we went on a detailed tour of some of the places in the Legislature. Those spots included the Chamber (did you know that the Chamber includes 500 lights?), the Gallery, the Rotunda (which included a beautiful fountain), the rooms dedicated for the Mock Legislature, and the Magic Spot.

The Magic Spot is an imaginary line on the floor where you stand.  When you stand there you hear an echo of the fountain. We even had the great opportunity of meeting with Mr. Rod Fox, our very own MLA for Ponoka, and received a pin which displays a miniature version of the Alberta Crest.  Mr. Fox also introduced us to the Chamber during the question and answer period of the daily session of the House.  It was exciting to see our province’s government in action.

The St. Augustine Grade 6 students would like to thank Mr. Rod Fox for taking time out of his day to meet with us and answer our political questions. We also appreciate being able to have this amazing opportunity to partake in Alberta’s history.