29 Mar

In Week 6 of Term 1, Year 6 students flew to Canberra to undertake a four-day educational tour of the nation’s capital.

As always, it was a highlight for the students as they were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.

The tour began with arriving at Adelaide Airport at 5.00 am on Tuesday 6 March. In order to take full advantage of the many attractions Canberra had to offer, our days began early and pursued a packed itinerary.

The tour included visits to National Museum of Australia, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia, National Science and Technology Centre – Questacon, Government House, Parliament House, Mt Ainslie Lookout, Australian Institute of Sport, Royal Australian Mint, CSIRO Discovery Centre, National Capital Museum, and National Portrait Gallery.SPW_Canberra_5

“I enjoyed visiting the Australian War Memorial where some students placed a poppy next to the names of family members. We saw old war planes and attended a Last Post ceremony at the end of the day.” Isabel

SPW_Canberra_7The tour linked to many parts of the Year 6 curriculum, particularly the History and Civics and Citizenship Learning Areas. The Australian Government supports such tours to Canberra and is acknowledged below:

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit their national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist us in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government contributed $60 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) program towards the costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion. SPW would like to thank the Australian Government for their support of this program.

Canberra_4Tour highlights included attending the Last Post ceremony at the Australian War Memorial. William (6CG), Chiara (6MR), Henry (6DK) and Grace (6MR) were selected to lay a wreath beside the Pool of Reflection.SPW_Canberra_6

“By the end of the trip I had gathered five favourite places, The War Memorial, where we saw lots of planes and history, Parliament House, where we saw The Senate and The House Of Representatives, Old Parliament House, where we got to sit in the Senate and watch people read out speeches and dress up as Politicians and Questacon, where I’m sure everyone’s highlight was the six meter drop.” Amara

Canberra_6As a follow-up to their Canberra experience, Year 6 students will met with Mr. Steve Georganas MP (Member for Hindmarsh) in Term 2.

Throughout the tour, the students were outstanding in their attitude and behaviour. Thank you to all staff and students involved for making the tour a success.

Christopher Gann
Year 6 Year Level Leader