Last week the Year 6 girls had a spectacular week in Canberra. They were busy everyday visiting Parliament House, Questacon, Old Parliament House, The War Memorial, The Mint and Canberra Museum, as well as a host of other attractions. A highlight of the trip was visiting the National Botanic Gardens and attending an unexpected Open Day Launch of the Botanic Gardens across Australia and New Zealand… what a buzz when we realised that the Governor General was the guest of honour. When attending Question Time in Parliament, the girls were a little surprised at the behaviour of the politicians to say the least, and visiting Questacon’s drop slide (which was very scary!) was also a highlight. The icing on the cake was when we arrived back in Melbourne and found an email sent to the school from a passenger on the flight coming home.
I’d just like to say, I’ve just got off the plane with a group of girls from Tintern Grammar (Canberra to Melbourne) And it struck me how amazing these girls were. They listened to the teachers (one male and two female?) And they were great to have on board. Don’t get me wrong – when I first saw the group of children at the gate I worried in case they were going to be a bit understandably excited on the plane, but I was very impressed with them all! This email isn’t anything too informative for you as I’m sure you know how much of a great job you’re all already doing, but I work with children myself and I know how difficult it can be to keep a semi-large group of children occupied during the shortest of trips, I also know how little teachers actually get praised these days. The young male teacher also did a great job (I couldn’t see much of the female teachers as I was sat at the back of the plane) at checking to make sure the children were all fine during the flight. Well done to the teachers and the children and thank you for making my flight a better experience for seeing this.