Year 6 visited Canberra as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. Enjoy this report from Sophia and Noah.
Greg (our bus driver) was responsible for transporting us two and fro, as well as being our guide and human encyclopaedia. We enjoyed the Canberra
trip a lot. We think it was one of the best things that happened this year. As soon as we got there, we split into two groups, 6E and 6P. 6P went to
the Electoral Education Centre where they taught us about how elections work. 6E headed off to the National Library of Australia where we saw many
historical artefacts including Captain James Cook's journal. We also met all of their best helpers, the Isaac robots.
After that, we had recess in the Senate Gardens, followed by the War Memorial. There we had a look around and went to visit different sections including
the aircraft and information about the wars in Afghanistan and Vietnam. Later we looked at the poppy wall and the never ending flame. We walked around
the room of the unknown soldier.
Greg took us to Questacon, The National Science and Technology Centre. It was a lot of fun because it was interactive, but taught us heaps about science.
Most of Year 6 went on something called the Free Fall. You basically hang on a bar and drop onto a really steep slide. For just 1 second you're in
mid air and you feel like you're going to die but then you touch the slide and you feel relief and excitement.
For a bit of fun, (definitely in the curriculum) we went to AMF Bowling. After one round, everyone got five tokens and we all went crazy in the arcade.
The next day, we went to the New Parliament House. Again we split up into our groups and took turns in seeing The Senate and The House of Representatives
in action. Our guide explained what was happening and the difference between the rooms and the people in them. After that, a lady took us into a small
room where we became The House Representatives. It was there that we had our own little debate on 'Should animals be taken out of zoos? The final outcome
was yes because the government won! Oh Yeah!
Next we went to the National Portrait Gallery. We explained to the tour guide what we thought about the portraits there. Next, we looked at a portrait
about the Tasmanian dam. It was very colourful, weird and wacky, but it had a great story behind it. Then we looked at two portraits of Mr and Mrs
Jones, owners of David Jones. We saw an interesting portrait of a man in a musical hall. We also looked at a portrait of Captain Cook. It wasn't the
most exciting place, but it was definitely an interesting one.
Just in front of New Parliament House is Old Parliament House. Before we took our tour, we had to put on gloves because some of the stuff in there is so
old and historical that the oil from our hands might ruin it. We went into The Old House of Representatives where we learned about the different artefacts
in there such as the speaker's chair. We also learned about the first speaker and the first female speaker.
In the afternoon, we went to The Royal Australian Mint. There we saw how the coins were and are made. We also learned about the different types of coins
and how much they're worth now. Titan is the name of the blank coin tipping robot who waved at us. He weighs over 4 tonnes and can carry a tonne! Penny
is the robot who lifts bins for Titan to tip. She can carry twice as much as Titan. Robbie is responsible for sucking up bags of coins and placing
them into boxes. He can carry up to 50 kg.
That night we went for a bush walk down to the campfire. We sang lots of songs such as the moose song and twisted nursery rhymes. We also played some games
like gum tree, sleeping farmer and bunny rabbit.
The next day we went to the AIS, (Australian Institute of Sport). First we got to have a bit of free time trying different sports in a fun room. Then we
took a tour of the training places for volleyball, swimming and gymnastics, as well as the gym.
Then we went to the CSIRO Discovery Centre. We played an interactive learning game. There were three people in a group. One person had to get a QR code
off a wall, the second person had an iPad to scan the code (and once they scanned it a question would come up), and the third person had a map of the
place. We had to answer the questions and go to the guide to get our points. We had twenty minutes to do as many as we could. After that we had free
time to wander around or do activities.
We then stopped for lunch at the magnificent Mount Ainslie Lookout. You could see the New Parliament House from there, in line with the War Memorial. There
were also pesky, fat crows and magpies trying to steal our food.
So that was the Year 6 Canberra trip 2017. It was packed and full of activities, but very fun. I think we all enjoyed it. We learned lots of new things.
So Year 5 kids who read this blog, you've got something to look forward to next year!
Sophia and Noah.
Students from our school have 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 is contributing funding under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The
rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.