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RSC Canberra Trip

Our 92 students from Years 6 and 7 had a wonderful week in Canberra, their trip including a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.
The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $80.00 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.
We had a little time to sightsee in Sydney on the way down, enjoying fish and chips at Bondi Beach and quickly seeing The Rocks and some views around the Sydney Harbour Foreshore. Taronga Zoo was a very speedy visit on the last day, with a trip over the Harbour Bridge on the way back to the airport.
At the Australian War Memorial, students saw the halls of commemoration for conflicts since 1945 and World War Two, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and tried to imagine what would compare with the number of war dead commemorated on the Walls of Remembrance. At Old Parliament House, we completed the Museum of Australian Democracy program and researched the history of female suffrage and the recognition of Indigenous people. At Parliament House, students were taken on a tour and debated a bill from the Senate and were able to see all elements of the law making process by visiting Government House at Yarralumla, residence of the Governor General. We waved to the Governor General’s wife.
We drove around the embassies and consulates and enjoyed working out which architectural designs were relevant to each country. The US embassy even has soil from the USA! An interesting visit was to the Canberra Museum and Gallery, where the various design plans for our nation’s new capital were exhibited. From Mt Ainslie, we could see the layout of the winning plans from Walter and Marion Griffin, architects from the USA. What a shame that the contributions of Walter Burley Griffin’s wife have not been acknowledged in the many towns, along with Canberra, designed by the couple. The Royal Australian Mint uses robots in the manufacture of Australian coins and many students minted their own.
Questacon was a favourite, with the galleries a hive of activity and of course, who wouldn’t enjoy being dropped down a high slippery slide – including some intrepid teachers. We also enjoyed our visit to the CSIRO, where students were put in teams of three to test their scientific, industrial and research skills. At the Australian Institute of Sport, we saw their world class swimming pool, gymnastics centre and strength and conditioning centre, before putting our sports skills to the test in the Sportex area.
Other visits included the National Aboretum with trees and shrubs from all around the world, Cockington Green where everything is in miniature and of course, the snow!! The day was perfect and so much fun. Fitness became an issue for some as the day wo re on because as you know, what goes down, must come up and the wild ride down has to be followed by the trek back up that hill.
Thank you to all who helped with the fundraising for our trip, to the teachers who kept parents updated via the Facebook group and to our students, who made the trip so enjoyable.