Mark Wyer | Preparatory School Deputy Head- Pastoral Care
Last week, our Year 6 boys undertook their annual trip to our nation’s capital, Canberra. This proved to be another successful trip where the boys conducted themselves admirably and represented the school with pride.
Over the course of the week, the boys visited national institutions such as Parliament House, with one group meeting our Federal Member, Steve Ciobo. The also visited the War Memorial, Australian Electoral Education Commission, Old Parliament House, Questacon, Royal Australian Mint, National Museum, Australian Institute of Sport, the National Capital Exhibition Centre and the National Zoo and Aquarium. These visits gave the boys greater insight into how our country is run and governed, how Canberra was designed and came to be the capital of Australia and the sacrifice made by our service men and women that have fought in a number of conflicts across the globe. The boys were thoroughly engrossed during all visits and were particularly impressed with the Australian Institute of Sport where they had the opportunity to see our swimmers, gymnasts and volleyballers in action.
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.
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