Years 5 and 6 Visit Canberra
We were on the bus and ahead of schedule, leaving Masons Drive on our way to Canberra at 7:21am! Over the border, in Canberra, we stopped at the Royal Australian Mint and embarked on a tour that told the story of money in Australia and noted some interesting innovations that the Australian Mint has been responsible for.
Next stop was the Australian War Memorial. Inside there were many displays that showed artefacts from each of the conflicts Australia has been involved in. It also showed some not so pleasant scenes of the wars.
On the 2nd day of camp, we went straight to the National Capital Exhibition after breakfast, where we learnt about all the places in Canberra and how Canberra became the Capital of Australia. We filled a design sheet of where in Canberra would we put a school, monument, park, ornamental lake and houses. At the CSIRO Discovery Centre, we challenged each other on a hunt for information using iPads and QR codes. Our time at The National Museum added to much of the research we have undertaken in our current Unit of Inquiry. We also discussed the concept of migration. To end the busy day we experienced life as an elite athlete at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Another organised start to our day had us packed and back on our bus. Our first of two stops to the National Film and Sound Archives informed us of the persuasive devices used in political advertising. We managed a quick trip to the National Portrait Gallery to view the collection and identify portraits that we will investigate further with Ms Rainy in Term 2. Back across Lake Burley Griffin to the National Film and Sound Archives and our last session in the Capital. We were included in a discussion about sound recording technology from the late 1800s through to modern portable music devices before our return trip to school.
Three busy days in Canberra have consolidated learning at school, given us some questions to answer in Term 2 and informed some future inquiries ahead of our return next year in Year 6!
Year 6 had an intriguing tour of Parliament House, learning all about how Australia’s democracy works. We got a chance to act out a role play of a session in the House of Representatives and show off our debating prowess. A visit to Government House brought about a fortunate encounter with the Governor General, who answered all of our thoughtful questions.
The second day began with an exciting hands-on STEM experience at the Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre. We learnt all about innovative ways of collecting and reusing trash and had an opportunity to create our own space junk collecting robotic prototype. This was followed by a tour of the Museum of Australian Democracy and an informative role play in the original Senate chambers. A highlight was an afternoon spent in Questacon getting immersed in a range of fascinating scientific exhibits. The evening was spent with us challenging ourselves at indoor rock climbing.
A magnificent view of the parliamentary triangle atop Mount Ainslie awaited us at the beginning of our last day. We walked all the way down to the Australian War Memorial where we had a tour of Australia’s role in World War One and a chance to walk around by ourselves and appreciate the heroic sacrifice of our defence force.
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 families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $20 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.