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Towards the end of last term, our Year 6 boys visited Canberra, where they spent three days participating in a variety of educational programs to complement their class unit on Government. Amidst some cooler mornings yet sunny afternoons, the boys took advantage of every opportunity offered and fully immersed themselves with energy and respect. Whilst visiting the well-known landmarks of our nation’s capital, the boys enjoyed all the fun of being ‘on camp’ with friends whilst participating in activities that extended and challenged their understandings of government and our history.

At the War Memorial, each boy placed a poppy against the name of a Serviceman whom they had researched earlier in class, and we spent a most reflective three hours learning about and experiencing the sacrifice and terrible toll that forms such a poignant part of our history. Our boys were fortunate to lead a moving wreath-laying Ceremony at the War Memorial. It was spine-tingling when Arya read the Ode and the Last Post was played. The boys were wonderful ambassadors of the School, and we received many positive comments about their behaviour and demeanour wherever we went.

Other highlights included a tour of Parliament House, a scientific visit to Questacon, debating the damming of the Franklin at the Museum of Democracy (Old Parliament House), a visit to the Mint, as well as a tour and interactive sports experience at the Australian Institute of Sport. It certainly was an informative, busy, yet incredibly enjoyable three days!

by Ros Neilson, Boys’ Year 6 Teacher

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