After a very early start (thank you to parents for helping make this process seamless) and a great flight we arrived in Canberra ready to see some sights. Our three bus loads have gone in different directions to see a combination of the Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, the Electoral Education Commission and the Mount Ainslie lookout. Shortly we will leave Canberra behind until Thursday and journey to Jindabyne to settle into our accommodation and get kitted out for skiing tomorrow. Thank you for your prayers. The excitement of the Year 7s is tangible and we’re enjoying the trip thus far.

Day Two and Three of our trip are virtually a play and repeat scenario. Each day we have had an amazing hot breakfast and then readied ourselves for a day at the snow. We have had excellent weather for the snow…better than predicted! The first day saw a lot of fumbling with cumbersome, unfamiliar gear and then our first ski lessons where we learnt how to put skis on and off, snow plough, stop, turn…and fall. The afternoon led to lots of practice on the Magic Carpet until given the all clear to try the chairlift and ski down the mountain with a small group. It is always inspiring to see so many students start the day having never skied and finish swishing down the slopes. For those that wanted a break or were unable to ski, there was a train ride from Perisher to Blue Cow to take in the breathtaking views and abundance of snow. Today we are consolidating our skills and building confidence and enjoy a magical day playing in God’s glorious creation.

Students from our school have recently undertaken, an education tour of the national capital. 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 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 has contributed funding of 90$ 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.