Level 4 Canberra Camp

Level 4 were lucky enough to visit Canberra on their school camp between Monday 20th and Friday 24th March.  The students were very excited, with many visiting the nation’s capital, Canberra, for the first time.

On Monday, we started our Canberra trip by waking up super early and heading to school by 6:30am. We got on the bust shortly after 7:00am and made a smooth getaway. Students were happy to be ‘on the Hume’ by about 9 am as they then received their highly sought after camp booklets with the all-important room allocations. Everyone enjoyed the 10 hour bus journey, stopping at Benella, lunch at Holbrook, the inland town with a giant submarine, and a final stop at Gundagai to the see the ‘Dog on a tucker box’.

On Tuesday, all students were well settled and had a delicious breakfast. We went to visit the Australian Electoral Education Centre to learn about how to vote. Next, a bus tour of ‘Embassy Drive’ to see all 70 Embassies in Canberra during the heavy rain. The popular choice was the Papa New Guinean Embassy. After lunch, students visited the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House for a guided tour. Next stop was the Australian War Memorial followed by a quick trip up Mount Ainslie to the lookout.

On Wednesday, we visited Questacon, Capital exhibition and Parliament House. Students were extremely excited to visit Questacon, with the most popular attraction ‘Excite’, a hands on interactive centre. Students loved the ‘Drop Slide’, a giant slide with a few seconds of free fall. Other popular attractions were the ‘4-Way Air Hockey’ game and the throwing nets, where students could measure their throwing speed. Next stop, the Capital Exhibition, to learn about the design of Canberra followed by lunch and a much needed play in the park. Luckily, we got on the bus before another thunderstorm. Finally, we visited Parliament House and the students were rushed in so they could see the sitting parliament in the House of Representatives and get a glimpse of our Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, the opposition leader, Bill Shorten and our local member for the seat of Hotham, Claire O’Neil. The night was capped off with a very entertaining Red Faces show, consisting of many funny acts.

Thursday was a lovely day with some relief from the storms and high humidity, students looked well rested after a cooler night and much needed sleep. Our first stop was the National Museum of Australia, the favorite attractions being ‘Make your own robot to travel back in time’ and seeing coins from Captain Cook’s voyage to Australia.  Next, we learnt about Australia’s constitution and the cases that are heard at the High Court of Australia, and then headed the Australian Institute of Sport for lunch. Students enjoyed a tour of the $17 million pool, volleyball courts and gym, and then had a play at the Education Centre. The rowing, basketball, soccer and cricket activities proved most popular. Students were excited to meet a few track and field athletes.

Friday was another early morning, with breakfast at 6:30 then a bus ride home. The busy camp was enjoyed by all and couldn’t have been possible without the amazing support of parent Helpers: Mrs. Ryan, Mr. Freese and Mr. Dickranian, and the Year 5 and 6 teachers, Mrs. Wheatley, Mrs Fox, Miss Teho, Mr. Macdermid and Mr. Starling.

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