Each team had planned their itinerary for the day. The goal? To find as many iconic Melbourne landmarks and places of interest as possible from the booklet Mrs Neilson had prepared for us. We had to answer questions about each place and provide evidence such as collecting pamphlets and taking photos. After a 45 minute, very crowded train trip we disembarked at Flinders Street Station and the challenge began! The only mandatory place we all had to visit was the Shrine of Remembrance, which meant we had to catch a tram down St Kilda Road or walk, which some of us did, including Mrs Neilson and Mrs Dell’Oste. The volunteers at the Shrine gave us a lot of information. The whole place felt very sacred. There was a long wall displaying 4,000 service medals, each one representing 100 Victorians who have served in war or peacekeeping and 6 who have died. The crypt and the area underneath was amazing…very moving.
Other places that we visited included: the State Library, Parliament House, the Cathedral Arcade, the Royal Arcade, the Bourke St Mall, to see the Public Purse and the 3 Businessmen statues, Federation Square, to see the NGV and ACMI – the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Hosier Lane, but alas no Ed Sheeran. We would like to say a special “thank you” to our Team Leaders who supported us on the day: Rod Bastin, Barry Bertram, Sue Blake, Larisa Chisholm, Lee Elliott-Bruce, Nellie Gale, Clare Jensen, Siobhan Lever, Rathika Mahadeva, Lex and Tim Mitchell and of course Mrs Dell’Oste. We discovered lots about ‘Marvellous Melbourne’ and most importantly…we survived!
by Mrs Neilson and the Year 6 boys