Excitement was high on Sunday morning, 17 July, as Year 7 students, parents and teachers embarked on the well-anticipated trip to Canberra. Our final destination for the first huge day was Jindabyne. We checked into our fabulous accommodation on the outskirts of town and then collected our ski gear.
Over the next two days, the students enjoyed the new challenge of learning to ski and riding the chairlift up the mountain. Everyone had a great time and there were plenty of smiles from ear to ear. The snow and the mountain scenery were excellent this year.
Our time finished at the snow, and we were off to Canberra for a whirlwind tour of our great Capital. On Wednesday, we visited Old Parliament House to gain an understanding of just how voting and the counting of the votes occur in Australia. We also had a tour of New Parliament House, where the students were involved in an educational simulation of debating a new bill. They were then taken on a tour of Parliament House to see where all of the parliamentarians sit.
There was also an amazing visit to the Australian War Memorial. One lucky group saw the closing ceremony, a truly moving experience. Wednesday was a long but fun-filled day.
On Thursday, we visited the Australian Institute of Sport to see where our nation’s elite athletes train. The next stop was Questacon, our National Science Centre, for some more fun and education.
This year again we utilised Facebook to keep everyone back in Brisbane informed about our activities with regular posts and photos. Many parents shared that the Facebook page let them feel a part of the trip.
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. We would like to acknowledge the Australian Government for contributing a portion of funding toward the travel expenses of the trip. It was truly a camp to remember for a lifetime.