Designing a parliamentary mace
Inquiry: How do symbols, events, individuals and places in my community make it unique?
Learning objective: Students will understand the significance of the mace as a parliamentary symbol and use this understanding to create an individual mace or collaborate to create a classroom mace.
- Who makes rules, why rules are important, and the consequences of rules not being followed (ACHASSK071)
- Identifying cultural/traditional norms behind some rule-making (symbols)
- Identifying who has authority to make rules
- The importance of making decisions democratically (ACHASSK070)
- Identifying places and situations in communities where decisions are made democratically
- Days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia (including Australia Day, ANZAC Day and National Sorry Day) and the importance of symbols and emblems (ACHASSK064)
Resources you'll need for this lesson:
- What is a parliamentary mace?
- Why is a mace important?
- When is a mace used in parliamentary proceedings?
- Who is the custodian of the mace?
- How would you make your mace a unique representation of yourself or your class parliament?
What is a parliamentary mace?
Why is a mace important?
When is the mace used in the Legislative Assembly for the ACT?
- The mace - a short video about the Legislative Assembly mace.
- The mace - a factsheet about the Legislative Assembly mace.
- Symbols of democracy - a factsheet about the mace, flag and emblems of the ACT.
Watch the mace being carried into the Legislative Assembly for the ACT at the commencement of a sitting day. Watch the start of a sitting procession.
Who is the custodian of the mace?
Identify the role of the Speaker and the Clerk in the Legislative Assembly.
How would you make your own mace?
- why their mace is unique; and
- how their mace represents their personality, values, beliefs, interests.
- the class/school environment;
- the schools core values (school motto); and
- classroom agreements or shared goals for learning.
Things for students to think about: specific symbols or stamps to include on the mace; materials they can use to create the mace (representatives of the material can be reflected in the choice of resources used e.g. paper towel rolls for wood, foil for steel and/or silver); the design of the mace (shape, weight).