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This week the Governor and Mr Howard were hosted by St Monica’s College Epping, as part of the new Governor in Schools Program.

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One of the ongoing priorities of the Governor and Mr Howard is to facilitate an understanding of the role of the Governor, particularly among young people. The Governor and Mr Howard regularly welcome school groups to Government House Victoria, where they are given an opportunity to tour the State Apartments, learn about the Governor’s role in our democracy, and ask questions. The Governor and Mr Howard also visit schools across our community as part of their regular ongoing program.

Recognising that not all schools are able to travel to Government House, the Governor in Schools Program was created to allow students in all regions of Victoria the opportunity to meet the Governor and Mr Howard and to learn about the role the Governor plays in our democracy and system of government. This week the Governor and Mr Howard were hosted by St Monica’s College Epping, a Catholic co-educational regional College located in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.  The College has 1,950 students and 330 staff across three campuses. The twenty five participants from St Monica’s were a mix of year 11 and 12 students. They included a class studying VCE Australian and Global Politics, where students are offered the opportunity to engage with key political, social and economic issues, and to become informed citizens, voters and participants in their local, national and international communities, together with the four School Captains and Vice-Captains. To read more about the Governor in Schools Program, visit this page. To read more about school student tours (conducted when physical distancing restrictions are not in place), visit this page.

Continuing the renewed program of physical meetings at Government House, the Governor and Mr Howard have continued to meet with a variety of representatives from many Victorian organisations. These meetings, which observe all the relevant physical distancing requirements, complement the virtual program that the Governor and Mr Howard began at the onset of the pandemic, and will continue in to the future. One particular highlight was a meeting with the Commanding Officers of the Royal Victoria Regiment, of which the Governor is Representative Colonel, to hear more about the roles that the Regiment has played in assisting with relief and recovery during the bushfires earlier in the year, and during COVID-19. To read more about the Royal Victoria Regiment, visit this page.

In addition to a number of in-person and virtual meetings, this week the Governor conducted a ceremony at Government House where the Hon. Justice Michael Sifris was sworn in as a Judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria, and conducted a virtual investiture for another of Victoria’s Order of Australia recipients. The Governor was also called upon to exercise various constitutional functions on the advice of the Premier in relation to the composition of the Victorian Ministry.