On Sunday afternoon, 83 excited (yet slightly apprehensive) Year 7 students and seven staff members boarded 2 coaches bound for Canberra. The night was spent on the bus and on Monday morning after breakfast we took a walk around the Sydney Opera House before heading to the Sydney museum to see an exhibition of ‘Alex the Great’. After lunch we drove down to Canberra.
The next three days were extremely busy visiting many of our national icons including:
* Australian Institute of Sport – sock wrestling was a favourite;
* National Gallery – where ‘Blue Poles’ and ‘Haystacks’ were admired;
* National Capital Exhibition – students were challenged to design their ideal capital city;
* Questacon – the hands-on Science Centre which is a big hit with all;
* CSIRO Discovery Centre – handling goliath stick insects, and donning lab coats to carry out various mini experiments;
* National Film and Sound Archives – where we saw footage from the first ever Australian film. It was about Ned Kelly, and I think it was a unanimous opinion that it contained really bad acting;
* Old Parliament House (Museum of Australian Democracy) – we were able to sit in the seats of parliament;
* Royal Australian Mint – we saw where our coins are made, and were able to buy a souvenir, uncirculated $1 coin.
* National Museum of Australia – among the treasures here was Phar Lap’s heart (bigger than the average person’s head).
* Telstra Tower – sky high views of Canberra and its surrounds;
* Parliament House of Australia – we role played the voting in of a new bill in a mock House of Representatives.
* Australian War Memorial – included a solemn walk down the halls containing the Roll of Honour where we searched for family names, then stayed to watch the closing ceremony at the end of the day.
Early Thursday evening we boarded the bus for the last time in Canberra and began the long trip home. We arrived back at GCCC at 10am on Friday, very tired but happy. The students were GREAT ambassadors for the College, and we were blessed to have a fabulous time where great memories and friendships were made.
We would like to officially thank and recognise the contribution by the Australian Federal Government towards the cost of this camp.