Each year our Year 6 students are privileged to experience an educational tour of the national capital. Students are 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 contributes funding of $60 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.
On Tuesday 18 September, the Year 6 cohort, along with 8 willing and able teachers, set off on the 2018 tour of our nation’s Capital, Canberra! They had the pleasure of being escorted through the home and grounds of the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, at Government House and were lucky enough to visit the CSIRO infamous for discovering and inventing Wi-Fi! Special mention must be made of Harry Mullen’s lovely Uncle Richard who made sure Trinity was able to experience the wreath laying and dusk service at the Australian War Memorial, a truly haunting but unforgettable experience of remembrance, Lest We Forget.
The Year 6 cohort flew to Australia’s capital – Canberra.We visited many different places such as the old and new Parliament House. I was particularly interested in The Dinosaur Museum. I have always had a love for dinosaurs. It was fun and interesting to learn more about them, first hand. I especially liked the real-life replica models and loved how many were life size. We learnt about how dinosaurs developed strategies to survive in dangerous conditions and about how different dinosaur models are built.There was a breath-taking structure on the exterior of the building, bordered by different types of dinosaurs. This was definitely the highlight of my trip -by Joshua Tuesley
The War Memorial was a spectacular place taking us back to this period in history. We saw many planes and weapons, and we were lucky enough to go inside the HMS Brisbane! It was rather dark, but we could clearly see TV screens that were set up to look like windows out to the sea and the notes and charts from the captain and crew. We really did not expect to see an old biscuit used in the war. Shock, surprise: it was not stale, and had earned the nickname 'the dentist's best friend' because it was so hard. They had to grate it like cheese! We experienced many more things, including the dusk service.The last post played hauntingly while the doors to the tomb of the Unknown Solider slowly closed for the evening. Harry Mullen and Sienna Mackenzie were lucky enough to lay a wreath of remembrance by the eternal flame as representatives of Trinity Lutheran College -by Alexandra Kennedy
In Canberra, we had the amazing experience of visiting the Australia Parliament house, with our guide answering all our probing questions. We visited the House of Representatives (green), sitting where the reporters normally sit. It was very informative, and we learnt some fun facts. Did you know when Parliament House was built it was worth 1.1 billion dollars? We participated in a role-play, with students selected to play, the Clerk, Speaker, Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and Ministers, making their own speeches and trying to convince the independent parties to come to their side. It was fun, and everyone learnt a lot. The gift shop was great, and we could buy trinkets to remember the experience. Posters, coins and many other things. I am sure everyone will remember visiting Parliament House. –by Sienna Mackenzie
AIS was the best. It was interesting to learn about careers options available to athletes, and athletes from AIS acted as our tour guides. They split us into groups, allowing us to get feel for two sports. My group participated in indoor soccer and European handball. They showed us how to play them and then we got right into it. Other students participated in netball, basketball, tennis and many more. It is a great place to play sport and the staff members (athletes) are nice. They helped us a lot and even joined in our games. -by Liam Newbery
CSIRO was an amazing experience. We participated in many activities and learnt a lot about what they do. My favourite activity was getting in a group of three people and having to answer a different variety of questions. One person went up to get the questions and then we had to explore the centre and find the answers to as many questions as we could. The team that answered the most questions won a special prize. This activity helped everyone interact with one another. I loved learning about what CSIRO do. It was interesting to see what they have created or been a part of – such as creating Wi-Fi! I will never forget this experience. –by Evie Clarke
Questacon was fun and taught us so much about Science. There was lots to do such as watching a small tornado and lightning strike. There was a big drop similar to a slide but steeper. It was scary, but worth the adrenalin rush! There are different levels with all sorts of fun things to explore in the different areas of Science. –by Liam Newbery
On our last day, we travelled to a park in the late afternoon where we were able to relax, play and have afternoon tea. When we had landed back in Queensland, I felt a huge mix of emotions, relief, happiness and sadness all in one. Relief because I was going to be able to sleep in my own bed and be in my own house, happiness because I got to see my parents, siblings, other friends, pets and the school holidays had started and sadness because it was a great experience and I made some great memories. Canberra was by far my best school camp experience. –by Zara Ross