Our Year 6 students from St John’s Campus have recently undertaken a tour of the national capital, Canberra. They were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage, and democracy. Students had many highlights, including visiting Parliament House where students role played the process of passing a bill in the House of Representatives, observing future world champion athletes training at the Australian Institute of Sport and pressing their own coins at the Royal Australian Mint. Throughout all experiences, students represented the College notably by displaying respect and integrity.
On their return to school this week, Year 6 students have reflected on their time in Canberra, considering what they did and learnt. They have extended their knowledge with a ‘mini-inquiry’ into a related area of interest. It is clear the experiences shared in Canberra have enriched students’ inquiry into 'How We Organise Ourselves'.
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. The Australian Government is contributing funding of $90 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards the cost of the trip which is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.
Year 6 Teacher