Mar 21

On Thursday 25th and Friday 26th February Year 6 went on an educational tour of our Nation’s Capital as a part of our History unit - Australia as a Nation.  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 Civic and Citizenship education.  To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government contributes funding of $20 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards these costs. 

The overall excitement was uncontrollable! We, as Yr 6, are very grateful for all the supervision given on the trip and enjoyed every second of our journey. The unbelievable coincidence of meeting the Prime Minister, Mr Malcolm Turnbull (pictured to the left with us) was well.....UNBELIEVABLE! the incredibility of all the fascinating artefacts we saw at all of the destinations were complex but very informative. The stories we heard were brought to life by all the amazing sculptures and paintings that were carefully manufactured or made. 

When we were assigned to our cabins, the feeling of independence made my colleagues and I feel excitement rush through our bodies. Although the excitement caused by our journey enabled us to stay awake for a long period of time!  

The trip, the food and the teachers were amazing there at Canberra and I hope we can all go back there again, just for old time's sake – Erin

I closed my eyes.  I had to let go.  It was now or never.  I pushed away a sob of despair.  The noise faded to background music.  Then, I let go.  WOO-HOO!!! That was so fun! I’ll have to try Questacon’s big slide again!! – Alicia

My highlight of our excursion to Canberra was meeting PM Malcolm Turnbull, Fiona Scott MP and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. I can't believe they met with us!! I also enjoyed Fiona Scott's excellent talk and her great advice to us. - Rose 

Canberra was so interesting. I learnt so much. My favourite thing I learnt was about the voting system, how we use preferential voting and that you have to enrol at sixteen and vote at eighteen. Canberra was an experience I will cherish forever. - Kaiyen 

Did you know that the biggest embassy was the American one?  I did not know that.  I also did not know that the second biggest embassy was the Chinese one! Wow! They were all very big. - Jini-Mary 

There we were, sitting on some benches inside Parliament House. When all of a sudden I see a wave of blonde hair, then we yell Fiona Scott! -  but then, she disappears. One minute later she reappears with 2 figures that we all at once recognise. “O my goodness!!!" everyone yells! It was Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop - Moriah 

There we were sitting waiting for something special to happen. Then all my classmates started to crowd around a person. I wondered who it was.... It was our Prime Minister, Mr Malcolm Turnbull! - Emma 

And there they were! Malcolm Turnbull, Julie Bishop and Fiona Scott. It was awesome! We saw the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister and the Federal MP for Lindsay! We learned a lot of new things about the Australian Government and how it works. It was fantastic. It's a time I'll never forget. - Ela 

This was my memory from the mock senate that our class participated in -Both sides have an equal amount of votes. The decision has been passed on to the small parties. Will the free WiFi bill be passed on? - Fiona 

My memory from the War Memorial: I breathed in - I smelt a deadly smell and could not believe that lots of soldiers actually had to practically live on this submarine. I also could not believe that they actually could breathe it in for more than 3 seconds without dying...........or so I think. This was what our ANZACS had to go through to fight for our country! - Joanna