Year 6 to Canberra
Year 6 Students from PCS have recently taken an educational 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 contributes funding of $20 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.
Below is a report by Zoe Gee and Leah Westcott who went on the Year 6 Canberra Camp:
At 6.30 am on Monday 13 August, 2018, the whole of Year 6 went on a coach to Canberra for camp. We went there to learn about the Government and to play in the snow, which was going to be the best camp ever.
On the first day we went to the Electoral Education Centre. There we watched a video on the Constitution and history of the Government. Afterwards, we went into a room full of interactive and computer activities with information to fill in a booklet about voting. Lastly, we did a role play on voting for our favourite fruits.
At Parliament House we had a short look around before we did a role play. The role play was of the House of Representatives because the majority chose the House of Representatives. We debated on a Bill for a longer school day: sadly the majority agreed. Then we had a tour of the House of Representatives and the Senate, getting there by a fire escape staircase. Both sections of parliament were debating a Bill.
At last, the snow day! Some were nervous about the chairlift but as soon as they got in the air they completely lost their nervousness. In the snow, a giant snowball fight started up really quickly and as soon as Mr Wallace got there everyone ganged up on him including the parents.
At the Royal Australian Mint, we got to learn about the history of coins including how the people before the Mint used beer for money instead of coins, but they got too drunk. Where they made the coins, there was a robot called Titan that was programmed to pick up a barrel of blank coins to dump in the blank hopper. Also he danced and bowed for us. Then some of us got a souvenir coin from the convict era.
Lastly there was the War Memorial, where there was a sound and light show of an experience of what it would be like in the Wars. Also there was an interactive discovery zone where we got to see what the conditions were like in the War. Lastly, the Poppy Memorial Wall and Unnamed Soldiers Tomb.
Camp was so much fun and the snow was a thrill. The main things we learnt were how to vote and how to work in Government. Camp was the greatest experience ever.