Year 7 Students from Groves have recently undertaken an education tour of the national capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a 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 is contributing funding of $60 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.
The students thoroughly enjoyed the Canberra trip as a whole. We started the week by flying to Sydney airport and boarding our bus to Canberra. One of our buses was the Newcastle Knights team bus, which the students found very exciting. After arriving at Ibis Styles Hotel we departed for the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) where we were lucky enough to see the Australian women’s volleyball team and Chris Remke, an Australian gold medal winning gymnast, training. Cyrus liked AIS the best and expressed, “I loved playing basketball and being able to buy things at the shop.”
The following day was one of our busiest in Canberra. It included visiting The Royal Australian Mint, Old Parliament House, The National Capital Exhibition, The Geoscience Education Centre, The National Gallery of Australia and Questacon. Many of the students have identified that Questacon was their favourite part of the trip. Montana stated, “Questacon was my favourite part. I liked seeing how things work and how dry ice falls into water, it shoots out.”
Being in Canberra at a time when the Government changed the Prime Minister allowed us experience firsthand Australian political history. Malcolm Turnbull was walking into The House of Representatives as we were on our tour and some students had the chance to meet Jim Chalmers, the Member for Rankin. Cruz commented, “I liked meeting Jim and walking into the Senate.” The National Museum was next on our agenda, where we viewed lots of artefacts and learnt a lot about the history of Australia. To end our day, we honoured those who gave their lives for our freedom at the Australian War Memorial. Ashlee and Simeon laid a wreath in honour of Groves Christian College at the closing ceremony.
One of the most popular days of our trip was Snow Day! We visited Smiggins Hole, where the students had the opportunity to play in the snow, build snow men, have snow ball fights and slide down snowy hills. “It was fun playing with it [snow] and throwing snowballs,” commented Ashley.
Middle Phase Pastoral Care Coordinator