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Year 7-10 'Court' in Toowoomba Art & Agricultural

As the Wandoan State School Year 7-10 students boarded the bus for Toowoomba on Tuesday 1st March, they knew it was going to be a brand new experience. Firstly, the student group visited the Toowoomba Magistrates Court where they witnessed several cases including one in which a man had been disqualified from driving for one month and given 4 months to pay a $600 fine.
 A mistake had been made with the defendant being given 1 month to pay the fine and having his licence disqualified for 4 months. He was in court to have the situation rectified. Another case involved facebook. A young lady had breached her parole conditions 4 times. The first breach involved her comments on facebook. While our students were watching that case, a man in handcuffs was brought in from the cell beside the courtroom and placed in the dock which is an   enclosed section, to wait for his case to be heard. It was interesting to actually watch the proceedings and to be aware of the various jobs associated with our law system.
Students were then divided according to their subjects or interest. Half the students took part in the Splash Back Art Mosaic Trail through the streets of Toowoomba. The mosaic art reflects the 2011 floods in Toowoomba with each piece telling its own story of the event. The remaining students visited a seed laboratory where all species of seed can be tested for germination, purity, weeds, vigour and tetrazolium. Grain testing, seed research, microbiological and nematode testing also occurs.  
The new Toowoomba City Library was the meeting point for the two groups. The Library, which was recently opened, features copper panelling on the exterior walls. It features the latest technology including free WiFi, and reading areas with a full sized artificial tree in the children’s reading area. A grassed area will form part of the civic square at the front of the building.