As part of our Year 6 Educational program we study the qualities of leadership and the importance of democracy. On Monday 22 September our Year 6 students travelled to Canberra. Most students from our Year 6 classes undertook the educational tour of the National Capital, while on this tour they participated in a variety of programs focused on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.
The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit their National Capital as part of their civics and citizenship education. To assist parents in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government contributes funding under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) program toward travel expenses incurred. We know that this excursion was a rewarding and memorable experience for all students and would like to thank the Australian Government for their support.
After a very early start at Hobart airport and a quick stop at Melbourne, we landed in our nation’s capital full of excitement over the next four action packed days.
Although we were able to enjoy many of the wonderful offerings Canberra has, there were a few highlights. A few of these included a visit to Parliament House, wandering through the beautiful gardens and stalls at Floriade (not to mention the ferris wheel) and spending an afternoon reflecting at the War Memorial and being part of a very moving last post ceremony. We were also lucky enough to see and use the facilities of some of our countries best athletes at the Australian Institute of Sport, and we even saw some of the athletes during some important final training sessions. Mrs Wakefield and many of the girls made good use of the Giant Drop at Questacon, which is as nerve racking as the name implies!
Despite these and many other amazing places we were able to visit, the highlight for the teachers was undoubtedly the way in which the students conducted themselves at all times. People often approached us to comment on their exceptional manners, enthusiasm and intelligent contributions. After three nights of much fun, laughter and learning, we headed home to our families in Hobart, where many of us enjoyed a recovery sleep-in over the holidays. It was definitely a trip we will always remember.
Mrs Clark & Mrs Wakefield
Year 6 Teachers