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Year 6 Canberra Trip

19/08/2019
Our 48 students from Year 6 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 $60.00 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. We took in the breathtaking view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House from The Rocks.
 
At the Australian War Memorial, students saw the halls of commemoration for conflicts since 1945, World War One and World War Two and listened to intriguing stories of sacrifice and valour while looking at the items on display.
 
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. Students also visited Government House at Yarralumla, residence of the Governor General.
 
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. The Royal Australian Mint uses robots in the manufacture of Australian coins and many students minted their own.
 
Questacon was a great visit, students enjoyed exploring the different elements of science. Students especially enjoyed exploring the laws of physics while going down a specialised slide. We also enjoyed our visit to the CSIRO and discovered some fascinating facts about how Australians invented wifi and how the CSIRO created the polymeric plastic we now use for our bank notes. 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. Many students experienced rock climbing and bowling for the first time and had a blast challenging themselves. It couldn’t be a successful Canberra trip without the snow! Students thoroughly enjoyed throwing snowballs at teachers and racing each other down the tobogganing 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.