On Tuesday 22 August the Year 6 cohort, along with 6 willing and able teachers, set off on the inaugural tour of our nation’s Capital, Canberra! Over the next 4 days the students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programmes that focused on Australia’s history, culture heritage and democracy. This included enacting passing a Bill in the House of Representatives, touring our nations War Memorial and finding long lost relatives represented on the walls of remembrance.We had the pleasure of meeting the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, at Government House.One of our students Charlotte Otley-Doe was given the honour of playing the grand piano.On hearing the beautiful music Sir Peter Cosgrove returned to our tour and awarded Charlotte the Governor General’s medallion, what a priceless moment we shared!
We all arrived back on the Gold Coast safe and sound late Friday afternoon, very tired but with lots of great stories to share with family and friends.
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 meeting the cost of this
excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $60 per student
under the Parliamentary and Civics Education Rebate program towards those
costs. The rebate will be paid directly to the school upon completion of the