Year 7 students from our Drouin and Leongatha campuses (together) and our Pakenham Campus undertook educational tours of our national capital in Term 1. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a particular 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 contributed funding of $30 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs.
Students enjoyed visiting Parliament House, Anzac Memorial, Electoral Education Centre, Australian Mint, National Archives, National Capital Exhibition, Australian War Memorial, National Gallery, Embassy Drive and the High Court. Particular highlights were the hands on activities at Questacon and Australian Institute of Sport, a trip to Telstra Tower on Black Mountain, and a fun night out at Belconnen Ten Pin Bowling.
I was chosen to lay the wreath at the War Memorial. This was really challenging, especially with all the people looking at you. The food at camp was amazing! Amaya, Leongatha
My favourite part of Canberra Camp was the AIS because you got to see where the Olympians trained. Maleah, Drouin
I loved seeing the big jets in the War Memorial, and the videos they played. There was one video of Aboriginals doing their army dance. Jack, Leongatha
My favourite was the bowling because we got to hang out with our friends and have a bit of fun.' Elliot, Drouin
I found listening to the Last Post Ceremony at the War Memorial challenging. Cody, Leongatha
I enjoyed Questacon quite a bit! My favourite part of it was the drop slide and the slinky! I also liked the Telstra Tower and how we got to go up on the top viewing platform. Renee, Drouin
I liked the War Memorial because I am fascinated with WWI and WWII. I like the history of war. I would like to go there again and learn more stuff. Seth, Leongatha
I liked going to Questacon and going on the drop slide and I liked going to the Telstra Tower and seeing the High Court in session, and I liked making new friends from Leongatha. Cally, Drouin
The most challenging thing on camp was trying to get to sleep. The best thing was EVERYTHING! Kasey, Leongatha
I liked Questacon because there were lots of galleries to explore and it was fun and awesome. I especially liked the drop slide. Gabriel, Drouin
Canberra Camp was good. It was interesting to meet the Drouin students. I loved the AIS – it was interesting to learn how long they train. I learnt heaps about how Canberra was designed. Becky, Leongatha
I loved the Canberra trip because we got to learn lots and I have never been to Canberra before. I loved Questacon because I love Science. Everything was so cool and interesting. Ella, Drouin
The funniest thing on camp was when we went to Questacon and we were playing with the robot. It kept saying Miss Jett, even though we said Jett was a boy! Vanessa, Leongatha
I liked the Parliament House because it looked really fancy. I also liked Questacon because of the cool robot in the lobby. Larah, Drouin