As you are probably aware our Year 7 students have recently undertaken an education tour of the national capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in 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 has contributed funding of $60 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program.
All students and teachers had a fantastic time exploring the many opportunities that Canberra has to offer. Here are some comments from our Year 7 students.
War Memorial: On the third day in Canberra, we spent the afternoon at the Australian War Memorial. We were able to look around as well as take a tour based on the Gallipoli landing in 1915. We saw old weapons and clothes from the war. We learned about the significance of the unknown soldier and observed the closing ceremony where Ellen and Lachlan laid a wreath. Harrison J.
National Museum: On our last day we went to the Australian National Museum. We had a great time and learnt a lot about new things, such as the size of Phar Lap’s heart. It was a great experience and we are so thankful to be able to go to Canberra. Dakota C.
Parliament House: During our Canberra trip we went to Parliament House, We were extremely lucky to have a very interesting tour. We did a role play of how a real Act/Law would be passed. We found out interesting facts like there are 2500 clocks in the Parliament House. While we were there it was the 800 year anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta and one of the original copies is still on display there.
Questacon: On the last day at Canberra we visited Questacon. This was a fun and educational experience where we learned new things about Science. Questacon has a big gift sho with lots of things to buy! My favourite activity was the giant drop where you experience 0 gravity. Jenna A.
Deep Space Observatory: On the Tuesday of camp we went to the Deep Space Observatory at Tidbinbilla. We were able to ask questions to give us information of our choice. We learned that we have a satellite that is now heading towards Pluto. We also learnt about how Radio signals can interfere with the satellites information signals, so when you are there you need to switch your phone/device to flight mode! Elias B.
Dinosaur Museum: I found the Dinosaur Museum really interesting. We learned about dinosaurs from the 3 different time periods as well as the mega fauna that lived in Australia after them. We learnt how different Ice-ages affected the environment and all the animals. Oliver H.
Australian Institute of Sport: On our trip to Canberra we stayed at the AIS. On the second night we went on a tour of the facilities that the athletes use every day. I enjoyed learning about why the Olympic training pool cost so much and how they use technology to improve their performance. I loved being able to eat with all the athletes, that was a great experience. Taine M.