2011 Canberra Trip
This year 15 students from Years 9 and 10 spent 3 days exploring the nation’s capital, Canberra, on a Civics and Citizenship Camp. During the trip the students visited Parliament House, where they saw the Senate and House of Representatives, as well as having the opportunity to role play the process of passing a bill through the House of Representatives. Zac Vandenbrink performed well as the Prime Minister, while Marni Hood took to the role of Speaker of the House with gusto ably assisted by Jace Stephenson as the Sergeant at Arms. All students took part in the discussion on the provision of free public transport for all Australians.
We then moved down the hill to Old Parliament House, where we visited the Prime Minister’s office and saw how the approach to security was much more relaxed then than it is now. We also had the opportunity to role play the passing of the bill to allow for Conscription in 1964, with once again all students taking an active part in their respective roles.
After lunch we visited the Australian War Memorial, where we had a tour of some sites of interest followed by free time to quietly walk around the memorial and to reflect on the sacrifice made by Australians in war. Some students were able to find the name of relatives on the Roll of Honour. A quick visit to the National Capital Exhibition and the Telstra Tower lookout rounded off day one.
The next day started early at the Electoral Education Centre where students learned about our method of voting and the leading role that Australia has played in the development of democracy in the last 150 years. We then spent time at Questacon where students were able to participate in a number of hands-on activities involved with science and technology. This was followed by a tour of the National Gallery of Australia, where a number of the students’ understanding of art were challenged.
After lunch we visited the Royal Military College at Duntroon, where Staff Cadet Dave Fuller showed us the “Seven Wonders of Duntroon” including the bell that never rings and the stairs that lead to nowhere. That evening the students and Miss Freeth tried their skills at ice-skating. The following morning saw us at the Institute of Sport, followed by a trip to the Royal Australian Mint to see how our coins are produced. After lunch we drove passed many of the Embassies and High Commissions located around Canberra and also saw “The Lodge”. We then went to the National Portrait Gallery which was our final visit before flying back to Adelaide.
The three days were busy and by the time we got home there were some very tired students, but overall I think they enjoyed their time away and have a greater understanding of how our government works. Thanks to Miss Freeth and to Mr Walker for their support on the trip.
1 North Tce
Principal: Mrs. Monica Williams
Region: Murray Mallee