Canberra Tour 2017
Students from St James’ have recently undertaken 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 is contributing funding of $240 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate Program towards those costs.
Our Monday started off with 13 very excited students, and we were all greeted by Mr Mizen and Miss Meulenkamp at Perth Airport. After saying our goodbyes and getting checked in, we headed through security and, after a long wait at the gates, we went off to Canberra. It was 9:30pm when we landed and we were all very tired. We got off the plane and headed to our bus and drove to our hotel called Ibis Styles. We all had a good night’s sleep, ready for a busy week ahead.
On Tuesday, we woke up at 6:00am, and we were ready for breakfast at 7:30am. After breakfast, we headed off to 2 museums. After the tours, we had recess and then went to CSRIO (Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation) where Joel and many more students got covered in bugs. Afterwards, we had lunch and headed to the Australian Institute of Sport where we had a tour of the whole place. After a long day, we went back to our dorms and got ready for a good game of bowling. We then ended the night with a good sleep.
After a fantastic first couple of days, we all got up ready for another busy day. We first started off with Parliament House and got a tour of The House of Representatives and The Senate. We also participated in a role play. We then went to Questacon and looked at all sorts of different science experiments and learnt how they were done. After a crazy day, we had a lovely dinner and got all excited for Zone 3 laser tag arena. Faith even put black army lines on everybody’s faces so we were prepared for battle. We were all assigned different code names and teams. Even Mr Mizen and Miss Meulenkamp participated and we were all determined to beat them.
On Thursday, the first thing we did was drive to Mount Ainslie, where we got to witness the beautiful view of Canberra. After that, we visited the Royal Australian Mint, we got to watch how coins were made and learn a bit of history about it. Then we went to The Australian War Memorial. We even had the privilege to lay a wreath on behalf of our School in memory of Australian soldiers who fought for our country. At this point, we couldn’t afford to be tired, because we still had to go to the movies where we watched ‘The Emoji Movie’. It was better than we all expected. After that, we went to the arcade, and we especially enjoyed the bumper cars; we even set a new record of the most cars jammed together, and we had to get another car to get a car to free us! Unfortunately, we could only go on once and can’t go on again. That night we all had a good sleep, not disturbing Mr Mizen and Miss Meulenkamp.
We all woke up on Friday morning feeling quite happy and sad about leaving that night! But we forgot about that and headed to breakfast to feed our hungry tummies! After the bus ride to Old Parliament House, we were greeted by a lovely tour guide and she taught us all about the Australian history and laws made there. So, with everyone excited and pumped, we then headed to Flip Out! With our awesome bus driver dropping us off, the Orange Army from the North headed into the trampoline park. But when we thought we had escaped the camp with no injuries, Mali decided to injure her knee. With Mali hobbling around, after the trampolines, we shredded the rock climbing place! Even Mr Mizen attempted to beat us on the rock wall! With everyone exhausted, we sadly headed to the airport and left Canberra. As much as we wanted to stay, we had to get home to our parents who missed us dreadfully! We then headed off to Perth. We arrived after a four and half hour flight, tired and all, but our parents were anxiously awaiting to see us. After getting out bags and saying thank you to our teachers for taking us, we then headed back to our homes with memories we will never forget!
By: Faith Priestman, Bella Peut, Jemma Goulter and Joel Lucas