02 Apr

In Week 7 of Term 1 the Year 6 students flew to Canberra to undertake a four-day educational tour of the nation’s capital.

The students 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 5.00am on Tuesday 12 March. In order to take full advantage of the many attractions Canberra had to offer, the days began early and the itinerary was certainly packed!

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.

Students took part in a range of activities, met a number of different people and enjoyed everything that our capital has to offer.

The tour linked to many parts of the Year 6 curriculum, particularly the History and Civics and Citizenship Learning Areas.

The Australian Government supports school tours to Canberra

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.

Tour highlights included attending a Credentials Ceremony at Government House.

The new Ambassadors for Slovakia and the USA met with Sir Peter Cosgrove to present their letters of Credence.

In between the two ceremonies, the Governor General came and spoke with the students which they all enjoyed.

Other highlights of the week were visiting the Australian War Memorial and Questacon where students enjoyed the 6.7m vertical drop slide.

“At the venues we learnt lots of facts whilst having fun….it was a good mix of fun, activities and learning at the same time”.

Jonah and Jackson

“Canberra was amazing. It was packed with activities and was an experience I will never forget. The tour was the best possible way to learn about Canberra and politics”.

Bea and Alexis

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.

Thank you to Kerry Ramsay, Year 6 Year Level Leader for sharing this story.