On 21 April the Year 7 Students from Glasshouse Christian College flew down to Canberra to start their week-long adventure learning about their country’s capital and our Democratic Government.
Leaving on the Tuesday we were to fly to Sydney, looking forward to visiting Taronga Zoo and the Sydney Opera House. Unfortunately we did neither. While on the plane to Sydney we experienced the worst storm in 10 Years. Many students saw what they had for breakfast again, while teachers handed out sick bags and prayed that the plane would land soon. Landing in Sydney saw Taronga Zoo closed as well as all the ferries (this was our way to the Opera House). The rain was horizontal and the winds buffered the bus as we decided to head to Canberra and hopefully our accommodation.
Wednesday saw a beautiful day and allowed us to explore Canberra and even visit Parliament House. At the end of day we let off some steam and visited iPlay. The students (and teachers) got to play laser tag, dodgems, and other educational games! It was a great bonding time for all.
Thursday saw us ride around Lake Burley-Griffen and experience a man-made marvel. All of the students were able to find their way around the lake with the help of a guide. Only one teacher got lost but she managed to find her way back to us just as a search party was being organised!
Friday we visited Old Parliament House, learnt about our electoral system and did a bus tour of the various embassy’s located in Canberra.
The culminating activity was attending the 100 Year Anzac Dawn Service at the War Memorial. We were fortunate enough to be up the front of a screen where we could see what was happening and be close to experience this memorable occasion. Credit goes to all the students who displayed maturity and respect throughout the service. People approached the teachers after the service to comment on how well behavior all the students were and what a credit they were to Glasshouse Christian College.
I have listed only some of the things we did while in Canberra. To mention them all would take pages! However I would like to mention we could not visit Canberra and do the wonderful things we did, without the assistant of the Australian Government.
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. To assist families in the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $60 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs.
Thanks also to the wonderful supervisors who gave up their time and families to make this trip possible. Also a big thank you to Carl and Philip from GoOZ Tours.
Matt Ware, Year 7 Coordinator