This term the Year 6 girls flew into Canberra buzzing with excitement and prepared for a jam-packed schedule. The girls learnt all about the history of Australian democracy in the Old Parliament House where they sat in the old House of Representatives and visited the Electoral Commission where they participated in a mock vote; particularly momentous as we recently had our own Federal Election. They also visited the Royal Australian Mint, Reconciliation Place, Parliament House where they passed the bill that all households must build a water tank on their residence for a sustainable future. The girls soaked in the vista on the rooftop of Parliament House, appreciated their self-made lunch (and the views) at the top of Mount Ainsley, respectfully placed a poppy at the Australian War Memorial with Mrs Prandolini, learnt all about how Canberra came to be our National Capital at the Exhibition Centre and had a guided tour of the embassies and high commissions. Can you guess which country’s embassy was quite considerably the biggest?
Well-deserved downtime was also enjoyed by the girls in their cosy accommodation with picturesque views of Greenhills by participating in a small walk to a campsite to then toast damper and colossal marshmallows; a very entertaining camp story was shared before stargazing and practicing mindfulness in nature.
The girls represented the school extremely well and had fantastic, enriching and authentic learning experiences. Friendships were strengthened and there is no doubt this was a camp to remember.
It is also important to acknowledge that 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 in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government contributes funding for each student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs.