On Monday 12 September the Year 7 cohort, along with 7 willing and able teachers, set off once again for our nation’s Capital, Canberra. Over the next 5 days the students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programmes that focused on Australia’s history, cultural heritage and democracy. This included enacting passing a Bill in the House of Representatives, touring our nation’s War Memorial and laying a wreath at the closing ceremony and also having the pleasure of meeting the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, at Government House.
We all arrived back on the Gold Coast safe and sound late Friday evening. We were very tired but full of great stories of the week 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 to meet the cost of this excursion, the Australian Government contributes funding of $60 per student under the Parliamentary and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) program towards those costs. The rebate will be paid directly to the school upon completion of the Canberra excursion.
Mrs Janelle Parviainen
Head of Year 7, Canberra trip coordinator