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We all worry that some of our students may end up in Court for all the wrong reasons, but luckily for the Year 11 Legal Studies class, their appearance in Court was not such a ‘case’.
On Wednesday, Week 3 this Term, 21 students and their teacher, Mr Macdonald, travelled to Brisbane to view cases in the combined Supreme and District Courts’ complex on George Street. (Photo- the students outside the courts’ entrance). They have learned in class how trials progress and this was their opportunity to see theory in action. Who could guess that what you learn in class could actually be what happens in real life!
The class was able to see a variety of cases – perhaps none as thrilling as what prime time TV portrays or what they would have liked, but instructive nevertheless. A case where a domestic violence offender was being sentenced and the judge was giving detailed reasons for his decision was particularly engaging; both as an insight into why sentences are the length they are and also for their current assignment purposes – meaning a very happy teacher!
All in all, a terrific excursion with our students upholding our school’s reputation for maturity and discipline to all who interacted with them. It seems clear that none of the attendees will be going there again in future under any circumstances that we would not be wishing!
Douglas Macdonald
Business Faculty Teacher