2018 Term 4 Week 3 and 4

ALL STORIES
JUNIOR P-6
SECONDARY 7-12

New South Wales Police – Recruitment Information Session

  • 3 November | Parramatta
  • 1 December | Parramatta
  • Attend an information session to find out more about being a NSW Police Officer and the recruitment process. 
  • Click here to find out more.
TAFE enrolments are now open
If you are thinking of attending TAFE upon school completion, enrolments are now open. https://www.nsi.tafensw.edu.au/

Taronga Zoo Work Experience
Taronga Zoo Sydney offers school work experience opportunities for students in Years 10 – 12 who are interested in pursuing a career in zoo keeping, animal care, tourism or zoo horticulture. One student per school is given the opportunity to do work experience. https://taronga.org.au/work-at-taronga/school-work-experience

UTS – Discover Nursing
  • 14 November | UTS Building 10, Ultimo
  • Open to High School Students and parents more than welcome to attend.
  • Click here to find out more.
UTS – Info Day
  • 15 December | UTS
  • UTS Info Day is your last chance to visit the campus before UAC preferences close the following day. Attend an info session or chat with staff and students. Ask those last-minute questions before you lock in your uni choice.
  • Click here to find out more.  
University of Sydney - Info Day
  • 15 December | 9.30am-3.00pm
  • Camperdown/Darlington Campus, University of Sydney
  • Info Day allows you to get answers to all your questions before finalising your main round preferences. More information to come.
  • Click here to find out more.
Sydney Design School Open Day
  • Find out everything you need to know about studying to become an Interior Designer! Explore the design studios, meet the educators and get creative building a moodboard. You may even win a 2 day Interior Decoration Workshop! 
  • Saturday 3 November | 10.00am-12.00pm | Level 2, 40 Oxley St, St Leonards, Sydney. 
  • Click here to register online  
SAE Info Night
  • 22 November 2018 | 6:00-8:00pm. 
  • If you are considering studying Creative Media, Animation, Audio, Design, Film or Games, click here to register.  
UTS Engineering and IT questionaire
  • If you are interested in Engineering or IT at UTS but are concerned about reaching the required ATAR, there is a questionnaire that can supplement your UAC application if you fall short of the required selection rank. The questionnaire closes on Sunday 16 December 2018.
  • Click here to complete the questionaire. 

TSFX Mastering the HSC

  • Sunday 18 November | 9am to 5pm | University of Technology, Sydney
  • For students in Year 11 or 12 in 2019.
  • Valued at over $250, "Mastering the HSC" is free when you make a $10 donation to The Fred Hollows Foundation on the day.
  • Click here to download the brochure or click here to find out more. 

My Trade Start Automotive Pre-Apprenticeship Courses
  • My Trade Start offers pre-apprenticeship courses under Smart & Skilled Targeted Priorities Pre Apprenticeship Program to eligible students between the ages of 15-24. By attending and completing a pre-Apprenticeship course, you are gaining an advantage over those that have not and in turn you are making yourself desirable to prospective employers wanting to take on a 1st year apprentice.
  • You also get a head start on your apprenticeship with credit transfer gained as a result of Units of Competence you will have completed whilst undertaking the pre-apprenticeship. 
  • Click here to find out more.
Macquarie University – Scholarships and Grants
Macquarie has a generous scholarships program. Some scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and/or other hardship, while others recognise factors such as academic excellence, community involvement, leadership potential or sporting achievement. Click here to find out more.  

UAC - Heading Into Year 12 And Thinking Of Dropping A Course?
As you start Year 12, it is not uncommon to think about dropping an HSC course. You might be struggling with the content of a particular subject, or you may simply want to study fewer units and have more time to focus on your remaining courses. These are legitimate reasons for dropping a course, but before you make any rash decisions, ask yourself three questions. Read the post here
 
UCAT Medical School Test Prep – Free Question Bank
Receive access to Kaplan's UKCAT Question Bank for free! It provides three full-length practice tests and over 2500 test-like practice questions. Use this resource to explore UCAT questions and provide your students with a head start in preparation for this test. Access it here.

 

CIS Secondary Athletics
On Tuesday 25 September, 10 of our secondary students competed at Homebush in the Combined Independent Schools Athletics Championship. It was a wonderful day of competition, and once again our students did us proud with both their effort, their attitude and their results.

  • Benjamin Gulliford came 1st in the Multi Class Shot Put
  • Luke Van Ratingen came 1st in the 17 Boys 200m
  • Wilson Kelly came 2nd in the 18 Boys 200m, and 3rd in the 100m
  • Henry Burrill came 4th in the 17 Boys Javelin with a personal best throw
Our senior boys relay team, comprised of Mark Allan, Wilson Kelly, Max Gander and Luke Van Ratingen, ran together for the first time at Zone this year. During their State race, they then showed incredible determination and tenacity to recover from a dropped baton, and power home to finish in second, and qualify for CIS. Fast forward ahead to the last event of the day at the CIS carnival. Mark was sick, but rallied to get out there and run with his team mates. Wilson and Luke had both already competed, as had Max who was also carrying an injury. However, these boys ran the race of their lives, and with only a few metres to go, they powered home to take the Gold. Well done boys on an outstanding effort! Enjoy the exciting video of the race below.

Thanks to all of the students for representing us so well on the day. I would also like to say a big thank you to Mrs Vander Straaten and Isabella Dale for their tireless help on the day!

 



2018 2XU NSW All Schools Athletics Championships
Over 1700 students converged on Sydney Olympic Park to compete in the All Schools Athletics Championships. A number of our students competed across the four days in both track and field events, some for the first time. Luke Van Ratingen ran an incredible time to just miss out on the top three in the 17 Years Boys 400m, with the winner of the race being a youth Olympian. Benjamin Gulliford threw a personal best and was crowned state champion in the Under 20s Men’s Para Shot Put. Well done on a wonderful effort!  



Rugby 7’s State Championships
Reinhardt Van Staden was selected as one of the referees for the recent Rugby 7’s State Championships. He was the youngest referee at the tournament, and over three days he officiated 16 games as the head referee, and four games as the assistant. Reinhardt said it was a great opportunity and he felt very privileged to be there. This is wonderful achievement for Reinhardt who is proving to have quite a future ahead of him in refereeing.


CSSA Cricket Gala Day 
The Junior Boys Cricket Team had a fantastic day at the CSSA Cricket Gala Day in Manly. Seth Thompson did a great job captaining the side in the spirit of the game, against more experienced teams. All the boys were a credit to Covenant, taking away valuable understanding and experience. It will be exciting to watch this team develop in future years, given they are predominately Year 7 and can play together in this age group for another couple of years. Well done boys! Mrs Nicholson


CSSA Biathlon/Triathlon
A band of merry students braved an early morning start to head to the International Regatta Centre at Penrith for the CSSA Biathlon and Triathlon event. Since Covenant first took part last year, this has been a highly anticipated day, with many of our students either taking on a biathlon/triathlon for the first time, or attempting to better their results from last year. The day commenced with the individual events, where we had two primary students and eight secondary students taking part, and then moved on to the teams event, which saw one primary team complete the biathlon, and 10 secondary teams complete the triathlon. Despite the hot conditions, our students had a great day competing and cheering one another on, and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and pushing themselves. A big thank you to Mrs Vander Straten for passing on her triathlon expertise, and special mention to the following students:
Cooper Eakin – 6th in Junior Boys Individual Event
Marcella Leung (swim) and Zoe Woods (run) – 7th out of a whopping 75 entries in the Primary Biathlon Team Event
Cooper Eakin (swim), David Lawson (ride) and Leighton Shaw (run) – 3rd in the Intermediate Boys Team Event (of which these boys were some of the youngest!)
Boden Garside (swim), Jordan Heap (ride) and Matthew Leung (run) – 5th in the Intermediate Boys Team Event
Jake Eakin (swim), Mark Allan (ride) and Kyle Steyn (run) – 2nd in the Senior Boys Team Event

Language classes are more than just a place to study grammar! For Year 12 students undertaking Beginner French and Beginner German HSC courses, a core element of the curriculum is learning how to communicate about themselves and their personal world. Our prayer is that students would use these language skills to bless others as they grow into confident, caring young people who seek to make a positive contribution to society, both in Australia and overseas, and carry a genuine concern for the welfare of others as they learn about other cultures. The German class of 2018 are particularly fond of communicating in both German and English about their pets. To celebrate the end of the course, we could not resist bringing in some of our furry friends, while the students shared Pretzels and other delicious German food.

 

3-day Preschool reports on their very special adventure last week:

"Preschool excitedly watched the new C block being built over the past year. Mr Morton told us he was moving to a new office in the new building. We decided to make him a special ‘house-warming’ gift and we delivered it on Thursday. The children were very excited to go into the new building and see Mr Morton’s new office. We were so pleased we could all fit in! Mr Morton loved the gift. We also showed him a special dance we had been practising called 'the floss'. We taught Mr Morton the actions and his skeleton had a go at 'the floss' too!" 

 


Covenant has always been so much more than a school. It is a community: a community of parents, grandparents and staff who have partnered together in this extraordinary task and gift of Christian education. You belong to this community. You are a significant part of this community, and we are thankful for all the ways in which you contributed to this community this year. 

Our Thank You Morning Tea is just one small way in which we want to say 'thank you'. Please join us for a delicious morning tea on Tuesday 13 November from 9.00-11.00am in the PAS. 

Please email events@covenant.nsw.edu.au to let us know if you can join us to assist us with catering.  

What follows is secret men’s business. I adjure those of the fairer sex to refrain from reading any further. Thank you.

At the beginning of this term, we held our first AA meeting here at school: Aggroholics Anonymous. In attendance were recovering aggroholics. Mr Eatough, one of ten siblings, a contributing circumstance somewhat beyond his control, admitted to a past instance of aggro towards one of his brothers. Mr Groves, a super-coach without doubt, disclosed times on the sideline when his temper was untempered and his secret frustrations bubbled to a disturbed surface… and Mr Morton, probably the most reprobate of all, “Hi Wayne”, admitted to times, yes times, when he flung his bat in a frantic, frenzied, fever-pitched rage. It still makes him cringe. Yep, we are all aggroholics… recovering.

Year 5 and Year 6 boys were also invited to attend, although compelled might be a better description. Why boys? I am not sure why… but this intense desire in primary-age lads to win, to be the best, to see justice, just surges through our collective veins. Why Year 5/6? Well in spite of a sprinkling of protestations, this seems an apt time of life, when aggro is heightened but reason is stirred. A time when my body is enabling me to compete with strength and passion, but my mind is beginning to reflect on the sort of person I am becoming. So, we felt the occasion was ripe to confront these facts of life, and the inaugural A-A meeting commenced.

The first words belong to God and come via his servant James. Listen carefully…
"This you know, my beloved brethren… everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls."

With this in mind, we pondered… what does it mean to be slow to anger? Was it that instead of our anger reaction default being set at 2.4 seconds we push it out to a lazy 4 seconds… then let rip. This, it was agreed, might be helpful, but only marginally. Or maybe it means that when poked, we seek to move much more prudently through the emotion-ometer; happy > mildly irritated > moderately frustrated > angry > hysterical, rather than hurtling from 1-100 in under six seconds. Or, perhaps it means we intentionally select the causes we are going to get angry about, with a deliberate effort being made to balance the import of the activity with the heat of the response. “Today I am only going to get angry, deeply angry, about, hmm… how we treat refugees”. Although I am not sure if anyone has mastered that. Regardless of our deliberations, I think we all agree that our quick-fire fury certainly was not achieving the righteousness of God.
 
The burning question though for those at the meeting, was how do we do it? How do we prepare ourselves to be slow to anger as a preventative measure, or quell our ferocity in the heat of conflict? Well, having played over-45 soccer, I can reliably inform you this burning question continues to smoulder. Our first three tips take place in the mind.
  1. Tell yourself before the event, “No matter what… I’m going to enjoy being with my mates, not just winning.” Thus to be waiting in the reserve queue can still be enjoyable. 
  2. Know for certain that you are probably not the best player on the paddock. Ego is often the cause of much clashing of antlers. 
  3. And this one is a beauty…. See that anger is the enemy of fun. It really is. 

The second set of hot tips for aggroholics were a little more practical.

  1. Everybody should accept the rules and follow the rules. Yes, this alone would de-escalate the killer-pastilles of pressure that arise during competitive activities. 
  2. Take some self-imposed time out. And closely related to this… allow those taking this time-out to return to the activity once their head has cooled… with graciousness. It’s probably better to not say a word. 
  3. Pray about these things. Certainly the God who desires this standard of behaviour would have a strong interest in granting the request… wouldn’t He?
Then to close our first A-A meeting, we handed the last word to God.
“… in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.”
The word implanted, we reasoned, is the gospel: the good news we recovering aggroholics need to hear. Daily and candidly. Your anger has been paid for, dealt with, forgiven. Anger is now not who you are - a part of your life. Nope, destructive anger, the kind we experience almost every day, is something more like an intruder - it lurks around, trying to destroy your relationship with God - and others. This sort of anger, put it off, like stinky clothing (an image that resonates). This is fitting for a child of God. Anger is no longer your master. Your master now is King Jesus; a better king, a kinder master.

 

 

Recently, our Year 7 and 8 Debating teams represented Covenant at the Independent Schools Debating Competition Day at  Northern Beaches Christian School.

Our Year 7's enjoyed a terrific exchange of ideas on the topic: 'All beauty contests should be banned'.  Our Year 8's followed with a very convincing argument that ‘Traditional school subjects are irrelevant to 21st century life’.
 
It was an exciting day of debating and all of our students spoke very well indeed.

Sam Glassock
Extension and Enrichment Coordinator


 

Week 3
"How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." Hebrews 10:29-31 (ESV)

For Prayer and Praise
  • Praise God for He has offered us redemption through Jesus. Pray for our community to turn to Christ.
  • Give thanks and pray for teachers and students in Years 1 - 4.
  • Pray for Year 12's as they continue their HSC exams till next Friday 9 November. 
  • Give thanks for the outgoing student council. Pray for the new Student Council as they serve our school over the next 4 terms.
  • Pray for those in our community who are facing trials to turn to God in prayer, that they may lift their eyes from their circumstance and to know with joy the living hope that is certain in Christ for eternity.

Week 4
"The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him." Psalm 92:12-15 (ESV)

For Prayer and Praise
  • Praise God for He is righteous and is our strength. Give thanks that if we remain in fellowship with Him, He continues to renew us day by day, even though outwardly we are wasting away.
  • Give thanks and pray for teachers and students in Years 5 and 6.
  • Pray for Year 12's as they continue their HSC exams till this Friday 9 November. 
  • Pray our community will live lives that are centred around, shaped and driven by the word of God.

Please join us in prayer.
9.00-9.30am on Thursdays in T7 (classroom opposite Preschool). If you are unable to come but would like to pray from home, please email us to receive a copy of the prayer notes. If you would like the Prayer Group to pray for you, please also email us at prayergroup@covenant.nsw.edu.au.

 


 

Covenant Prayer Group
Thursday | 9.00-9.30am | T7 | Prayer points can be sent to prayergroup@covenant.nsw.edu.au | Click here for things to pray and praise God for.

Covenant Working Bee
Saturday 10 November | 8.00am-12.00pm | Please email maintenance@covenant.nsw.edu.au if you are able to come. 

Lost Property
The Secondary Lost property box has been cleared out. Please go to the Office if you have lost any items.  

Christmas Markets 
Covenant’s Christmas Markets are being held on Wednesday 21 November from 7.30am-12.30pm. If you would like a stall please contact Jaycie Wood on jwood@covenant.nsw.edu.au.
 
Positions Vacant
  • Teachers' Aide - Junior School Education Support (closes 6 November)
  • Deputy Principal Curriculum 7-12 (closes 8 November)
  • School Counsellor (closes 9 November)
  • Click here for more information
Our new Extend Service Coordinator
Rita Sokiri will be Covenant's Service Coordinator from Term 4 and onwards into 2019. 
 
Outcomes of the 'before school care' survey
The outcome of the survey indicated an average interest in using the service was at a level of 2.6 children per day. Based on past history Extend recommend that we view this result as between 1.3 to 1.6 students per day. Overall there were nine responses received to the survey. Of those, five responses said they either didn't need the before school care service or they would only use the service casually as required. The responses from the remaining four families were calculated to achieve the average interest per day mentioned above. Extend view this service as unviable given the survey results received. Based on this advice we will not be starting a 'Before School Care' service in 2019. 
 
Operation Christmas Child
Thank you to the families who have sent in Operation Christmas Child boxes. They will bring a lot of joy to the children who receive them. We collected 166 boxes! A tremendous effort! There are still 17 boxes that have not been brought back. If you have filled or empty boxes at home could you please return them to the Junior Library as soon as possible. The empty boxes can be used by others. Thank you so much for supporting this wonderful cause.

Scoliosis Self-detection Screening Program  
The Year 6 and Year 8 girls had a short talk on Scoliosis last week and information has been sent home on how to detect this. How do you detect Scoliosis? Simply look for it!
It only takes 30 seconds!

Information for all parents 
Please note that the Australian Government Department of Education and Training has requested that Covenant provide a statement of addresses, in accordance with the Australian Education Regulation 2013. A statement of addresses contains the following information about each student at the school:
  • Student residential address (not student names)
  • Student level of education
  • Student boarding school status
  • Names and residential addresses of the student's parent(s) and/or guardian(s)
For the Collection Notice or FAQ letter, please refer to the Letters/Forms/Policies section of the website.
 
School Transport in 2019
School student applications for 2019 opens from Monday 15 October 2018. Students progressing to Year 3 and Year 7 do not need to re-apply if they :
  • are continuing at the same school
  • are residing at the same address
  • have not been sent an expiry notification from Transport NSW
If students need to update their information or re-apply, they should go online to https://apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts/updateDetails
If there are no changes you do not need to do anything.
Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2018. If an application is submitted after 31 December 2018, the system will automatically cancel the card and a new one will need to be issued.
 
Survey for Pastors - Resilience in Ministry
Macquarie University is seeking participants for a research study. Past research recognises that those in Christian pastoral ministry face a unique set of demands. In light of recent advances in reflection-based resilience strengthening, this study aims to identify short and long-term stressors and the effects of reflection on the resilience of ministry workers.
 
If you are currently working as an Australian Protestant Christian minister or pastor, please consider sharing your experiences. The online survey at the site below will take approximately 25 minutes to complete. The findings of this study will contribute to the development of tailored resilience programs for those in ministry environments. All participants can opt to receive a summary of research findings.
Click here to participate or for more information, contact Kirsty at kirsten.bucknell@hdr.mq.edu.au.
 
Beetroot Productions school holiday workshops
  • Physical comedy workshops for primary aged children with Fiona Gosling!
  • Monday 10 - Friday 14 December 
  • 9.00am-3.00pm at Covenant
  • Click here for more information.

Lifeline Northern Beaches Giant Book Fair

  • Friday 23 November | 4.00-9.00pm
  • Saturday 24 November | 9.00am-5.00pm
  • Sunday 25 November | 9.00am-2.00pm
  • St Augustine's College, cnr Federal Parade West and Alfred Street, Brookvale
  • Entry by gold coin donation
Working at the next Federal Election
The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is asking residents to sign up to help deliver the next federal election in the Mackellar electorate. The electoral division of Mackellar contains 42 polling places that will be staffed by 519 paid temporary electoral workers on election day. The AEC needs to fill all those positions to ensure the election runs smoothly. While the date for the next election is not yet known, the AEC is asking people to register their interest in working now.

Election work is a thoroughly rewarding experience and a great opportunity to contribute to the local area. To be eligible, you must be an Australian citizen and over the age of 18 years. All temporary election roles are paid and full training is provided. For more information or to register your interest, visit www.aec.gov.au/working-at-elections.

What is happening in D Block? 
You may be wondering what is happening with the old office, sick bay and administration area in D Block. Once the HSC finishes we are commencing a small redevelopment to expand these areas into additional space for the Secondary Library, and create a new home for ICT. The redevelopment will include the relocation of the librarian’s office and create a storeroom for textbooks. A concrete pour at the first floor level over the old office, sick bay and admin offices is part of the plan. It will involve the removal of the stairs that led up to the old ICT area and lifting the roof at the first floor area to create additional offices. The final use of the first floor space is still to be finalised, however it will be for secondary school purposes.

This project is due for completion in time for the start of Term 1 next year. It may impact some access during the last half of Term 4 but we will aim to minimise any disruption as best as we can. Once ICT move from their current temporary home in D Block (north end), those areas will be freed up to become dedicated study areas for both Year 11 and 12 students. This will be a great addition, allowing a space for senior students to study at any time throughout the day and after school. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Andrew Lowry via the front office. 

FACE Dinner
  • Saturday 3 November | 6.30pm | Forestville Memorial Hall, Starkey St, Forestville
  • This is a fundraising dinner to gather together local churches in the Forest and supporters of FACE (Forest Association for Christian Education) and an opportunity to hear about what's happening within scripture in our local high schools. 
  • $35 per person or a $260 for a table of 8 
  • Click here to RSVP or contact Sarah Mulray for more information on 0413 224 753 or email info@face.org.au. 
Manly Warringah Basketball Academy Holiday Camp
  • 21-23 January | 9.30am-12.30pm | Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre
  • For ages 5-12 years
  • $95
  • Click here to book
Mandarin Classes at Covenant
  • Monday afternoons 3.00-3.50pm
  • For students in K-6
  • Book a free trial lesson by emailing dailin@mandarinstars.com.au

At the end of Term 3, a group of Covenant students embarked on the Bronze Qualifying walk along the South Coastal Track. Due to the small group size the group travelled quickly and arrived in record time at the Campsite.

The students learnt a great deal on their practice hike and were able to pack accordingly, although for some, the amount of water carried may need to increase!

 

 

 


 


 

 

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.

Enjoy reading student Isaac Wormald 's report below. 

The Year 6 Canberra trip was a great opportunity for students. Year 6 got this once in a lifetime opportunity to go to Canberra with their schoolmates, to learn together about Australia’s History, Government, Constitution and Federation. 

On the way down, the students brought money to buy their McDonalds Breakfast. Some students were lucky instant winners with the Monopoly cards. Upon arrival in Canberra, students got to overlook Canberra from the Mt Ainslie Lookout, then, driving down to the Australian War Memorial to remember those who fought for a free Australia in the past, present and future. The relics kept the students interested, especially the Gold AK 47. Afterwards we had a rest and ate lunch. Next, students participated in Ten Pin Bowling. Students made groups of about 4 and bowled away. Mr Eatough tried his luck on winning 2 games, but only won one game with Mr Stanwell winning the other. Most students enjoyed this element of the day. The day was finished with a visit to the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport). Year 6 were split into 6E and 6R. 6R went to Sportech, which had a soccer penalty shoot-out with a goalie on a screen. There was also cycling, rowing, basketball and skiing to try out. 6E, on the other hand, went to see the AIS swimming pool, gymnastics stadium, gym room and the volleyball courts that the Australian athletes use for training. The classes then swapped over and saw the other part of the Institute. Finally, we arrived at our accommodation, the Warrumbui Conference Centre, to eat roast beef or chicken with ravioli for dinner, before having devotions and some well-earned sleep.

Rise and shine! Thursday morning began with breakfast - toast and cereal – and then getting dressed and hopping onto the bus once again. Some students who woke up at 5:30am went with Mr Groves to the basketball courts to play in the freezing cold – thanks Mr Groves! Year 6 went to the National Library of Australia and the Royal Australian Mint. 6E went to the Royal Australian Mint, where they learnt about Australia’s first coins, weird coins and special coins. They got to see how the coins are made and processed. They also got to see TITAN (the robot in the factory) do his duck dance every few minutes. 6R was looking at the library’s oldest books, the history of the library and how much storage they had (it was quite easy to get lost). They also met a robot called Isaac. Isaac pushes trolleys full of books into a lift, which will carry them to where they are needed. Again the groups then swapped over and visited the other attraction.

Students were very excited to hear that they were going to New Parliament House. They got to see the House of Representatives and the Senate. Students got a glimpse of Scott Morrison, Bill Shorten, and many other members. In the Senate, they were discussing the devastation of needles in fruit. Students also saw Pauline Hanson who was talking to another Senator at the time. Afterwards, students had some sandwiches and juice before splitting into two groups again. 6E saw all the embassies in Canberra, like Egypt, Japan and Papua New Guinea. 6R went to the Australian Electoral Centre (AEC), learning about Australia’s History for voting, and free rights for every Australian. And of course, we swapped over to visit the other attraction. At the AEC we received worksheets, and went around a room, answering questions that were related to the Australian voting systems. We finished the day with a trip back home to our accommodation, watching Mr Bean. Dinner was served and the options were Roast Beef or Creamy Pasta. Devotions with Miss Hammond and the Incredibles movie finished up the night and everyone enjoyed their sleep.

Friday morning began with students and teachers packing their bags to leave. Breakfast was the last moment at the campsite before leaving for Canberra. Questacon was the element that the students were excited about as well as visiting the gift shop to buy some small things. Starting at the top level and working our way down was fun for students. The main event was the Giant Drop, which was a big slide that had a deep drop at the beginning. Then we walked to the National Portrait Gallery, where students got to draw an artwork that they were inspired by. Then, a student did a pose and the others had to draw it. Afterwards, they had a peaceful lunch by the lake. They went to their last element of the day, which was the CSIRO. Students went in groups of three, and had IQ codes, which had questions, and then you had to search the place for the information to help answer the question. Afterwards the students had 20 minutes of free time, and Max the potato had a lot of visitors. Students said goodbye to Canberra, watching the Greatest Showman on the way back, before arriving back in the school grounds. We all had a great time.