On Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th February, Year 6 travelled to Canberra for an educational 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. During their time there, they visited Mt Ainslie, both the Old and New Parliament Houses, the Electoral Commission Office and the War Memorial.
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. Read on to learn about what Year 6 thought of their excursion - it sounds like they had a fabulous time!
On the 23rd and 24th of February, I went to Canberra with all my class 6 Blue, 6 Green and teachers. On the bus ride, we played games, talked and made it fun. When we got there we went to the War Memorial first where I saw the reflection pool, all the names of soldiers in World War 1 and 2 - you could even see Parliament House from it!
We went to lots of other places too - Mt Ainslie Lookout, Old Parliament House, Questacon and more that I can't remember! My favourite place was Questacon! We went into a lot of rooms, played with the exhibits and learnt a lot about science. We had a really nice hotel and the food was really good! Our bus diver was amazing!! Chloe L (6B)
Last Thursday, Year 6 went to Canberra. The bus left at 6 am sharp so I had to wake up at 5 am. 5 am! The first place we visited was the War Memorial. It had many distinctive features such as the Hall of Memories, Wall of Names and the Eternal Flame. The best place we went to on the first day and the whole trip was Questacon, a cool scientific place. My highlight for Questacon was the 6.7m drop slide!
Picture this. Wearing a fluorescent orange jumpsuit, hanging off a slippery, metallic bar with your legs dangling off. Then, you drop. After that, we went to Parliament. So. Much. Marble. We visited the Senate and the House of Representatives. All in all, it was very educational! Canberra was a wonderful and memorable experience. There was a lot of bonding. Definitely the best excursion of primary. Nicole N (6G)
The cabins were nice and the beds were cosy, and the showers were nice and warm. Questacon was the best!! Especially the SLIDE!! It was so much fun!! Catherine G (6B)
“AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!” screams and laughter echoed off the colourful walls of Questacon as children dropped down a six-metre slide. Meanwhile, I was at a contraption that measured the force and the speed of your throw. I kept getting 55km/h until one throw where I got particularly angry at the machine and I threw it with all my force and I finally got 66km/h! Then, we went to the weather room, where you could go into a section to feel what an earthquake was like, and there was a section that had actual lightning! Questacon was one of the key moments in our excursion, for me.
Another one of my highlights was visiting New Parliament House. It was so cool to be in the place where the leaders of our country, past and present had worked in. We got to go to the place where multiple of Australia’s laws have been made, the High Court. We also did a small roleplay of what would happen in the House of Representatives when a bill is being made into law. The Canberra excursion was one of the best experiences that I’ve ever had in my life, and I’m sure I’ll be going back sometime soon. Rochelle A (6G)