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Year 6 & 7 trip to Canberra

24/10/2014

​Recently we had the privilege of taking our Year 6/7 students for an educational tour of Canberra and the Snowy Mountains. Our students gained a lot of new knowledge and experiences and made us very proud in the way they conducted themselves. They asked inquiring questions and responded very well to the questions asked by the various presenters. Their behaviour was so exemplary that we were complimented everywhere we went. Here is a reflection of the highlights of our trip from the point of view of Ashley K. Hopefully we can publish some more for you in the coming weeks.

Reflections of our Trip to Canberra

On a beautiful, fresh morning, the Year 6 and 7 students departed on a journey to explore the National Capital, Canberra. Full of energy and excitement, we embarked on our fun and education filled journey to the colder climate of Canberra. We visited places where decisions that could affect the whole of Australia were made, as well as learnt about the development of our capital city. The 6 and 7’s visited science centres such as Questicon and CSIRO, Snowy Mountains Discovery Centre and learnt about our history in the War Memorial. We saw museums and art galleries and generally had a blast!

The absolute highlight of the trip for me was the Snowy Mountains. We jumped on the chair lift and up, up, up, it took us, past mountains with tops of snow and flowing streams. We went up, up, up into the clouds, over tree tops. It was a breath taking experience. But when we hopped off what we could see over the mountains was absolutely amazing. Although we were freezing, we still played around in the snow throwing snowballs in every direction. But that was only the start of our snow play. There was another whole mountain full of snow where we hiked up to the top and rolled all the way down! It was like going on a rollercoaster of snow. We had races and snow ball fights. We were wet and cold by the end of our time in the snow, however, no one really cared because we had so much fun. Coming down the mountain it rained and then hailed and we got soaked but had a wonderful time!

Another highlight of our Canberra trip was visiting Parliament House. I pretty much freaked out at Parliament House because it was serious and nerve-racking. We had to go through a security check like we did at the airport. We also couldn’t say any words like, or related to “bombs” or security would be on to us! We got to sit in the viewing platform of the Senate and the House of Representatives where we learnt about the roles of each of the members. We even got to go to another room and act out a mock parliament by dressing up and doing role-plays. It was a lot of fun learning about Parliament House and how it operates.

On the last night of the Canberra trip, we had a talent show. As we nervously sat in the hall, it was time for our turn. We were shaking and doubting ourselves. “Brisbane Bella’s performing Pitch Perfect!” That was us! There was Alice, Charli, Yasmin, Joanne, Chi, Nadine and I. We stood there, and then the music started. We were lip-syncing and dancing. We were a bit slow to start off, however, when we started relaxing we were getting into the music and it was great. Overall we tied with the Swifties which consisted of the 5/6 girls who did dancing and gymnastics to “Shake it Off”. The crowd demanded a dance off in which we tied again. We had a great time and a lot of fun. Angus came first with his amazing yo-yo tricks and he totally deserved it! That night was a fun night where we discovered some people’s hidden talents.

We had fun at Canberra and learnt a lot of new things. I wished we could stay a bit longer. But we have to thank the teachers, Mrs Gilmour, Miss Wall, Mrs Somerville and Miss Asan for organising the trip and taking such good care of us. We had a fantastic time and have many wonderful memories.

Ashley K - Year 7