A Safety Bay student has been selected to participate in the National Schools Constitutional Convention in Canberra next year. Safety Bay Senior High School Year 11 student Alysha Peschel is one of 15 students from WA who were selected to participate in the national convention. WA students from years 11 and 12 were invited to attend the constitutional centre in September, where they spent the day hearing from university professors and lecturers discussing various constitutional issues. Students were then invited to apply to attend the National Convention. The convention will enable students to explore and debate contemporary constitutional topics, such as the Uluru Statement from the Heart and whether Australia should become a republic. Safety Bay SHS head of humanities and social sciences Kirstie Young-Evans was selected to chaperone the students while on tour. “I’m looking forward to meeting the other students from Western Australia and supporting them through the convention . . . I’m also really excited to see how deep they can go in their examination of our constitution and other relevant issues,” Mrs Young-Evans said. She said Alysha was really passionate about anything to do with political and legal issues. “I’m really looking forward to seeing her working with other students who love politics and law as much as she does and it’s a really good opportunity to be able to work with like-minded students,” she said. Alysha said she was in shock after hearing she had been selected for the tour. “It felt surreal; my teacher (Mrs Young-Evans) seemed far more ecstatic about the news,” she said. “My dad was proud and terrified when he heard I would be going all the way to Canberra, but I’m extremely excited and grateful to have this opportunity.” Alysha said she hoped the trip would further her learning and understanding of contemporary issues surrounding Australia’s constitution and, with the help of her peers, brainstorm real life solutions for the future. The National Schools Constitutional Convention will be held next year from March 21-23.