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Forty-five Year 6 students made the trek to Canberra for, yet again, a wonderful week of shared experiences in our nation’s capital city and surrounds.

An action packed schedule saw the group visiting many of the notable Canberra attractions. Parliament House is a significant aspect of the trip, with students appreciating the chance to walk the halls of our politicians, and gain greater understanding of the workings of Australian government.

Our gracious and generous Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, spent time with us at Government House, and student Lucinda Nicholls was presented a special commemorative medallion for playing the grand piano there. We were struck by the huge demands on the Governor General, and the sacrifice and service both he and Lady Cosgrove give on behalf of Australia.

Science was a big focus, with visits to the entertaining and educational Canberra Reptile Zoo, the Canberra Deep Space Centre, The Dinosaur Museum, and Questacon Science and Technology Centre. With lots of hands-on activities and experts at hand, students were able to expand their understanding of the world and how it works.

Our day on the snowfields at Perisher is always a highlight, with the majority of students experiencing the wonder of seeing snow for the first time. Students enjoyed several hours of tobogganing and snow play, ensuring early retirement to bed that night!

The Australian War Memorial was a sobering experience, with many students confronted by the volume and age of those servicemen and women not returning home from war. It was a privilege to once again participate in the Last Post ceremony, with student leaders Rory Hudson and Myla Wegener representing Investigator College through the laying of a wreath.

As staff members, it is rewarding to witness the excellent behaviour of students at public venues, to see individuals grow in resilience and independence as they face any personal challenges on camp, to watch the students pushing themselves to try new experiences, and to see new friendships formed.

We may have arrived home tired, but we were very grateful for a wonderful and very worthwhile trip!

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 contributes 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.

Investigator College wishes to acknowledge and express appreciation for this support.

Student comments:

Canberra was very enjoyable. I learnt so much and recommend this camp to all Year 6 students. You meet so many new people! A special thank you to all the teachers who took us. – Tiana

The war memorial was fascinating, but also very hard to endure. There were plenty of artefacts which could be considered sad, but the part that was the saddest for me was the Air Force section, as both my grandparents were in the Air Force in WW2…I was thinking what it’d be like in their thoughts. I was going: What would he be thinking right about now? What would it feel like to sit in that plane and shoot painful bullets at the opposing aircraft? What would it be like to be shot at with heavy artillery bullets, until you have to bail out of the plane, alone and stranded? It was heart breaking. – Matthew

Some of the highlights for me were:

Australian Institute of Sport – I loved the AIS mainly because that’s really where I want to be when I’m older. I really would like to pursue a career in swimming and/or gymnastics and hopefully one day go to the Olympics and compete for my country. It would be a dream come true to train there one day.

Government House – It was amazing getting to meet the Governor General. Not many people get to go to his HOUSE, let alone SEE HIM as well! We also learnt a lot about the life of the Governor General [and we got to see his Rolls Royce]. – Tayla

Some of the highlights for me were:

The Australian War Memorial – It impacted me in a way I never thought it would. Laying the wreath was a massive honour, and the entire experience changed me.

Questacon – All of the devices and illusions at Questacon were really fascinating, it was a very cool and interesting experience. – Myla

This once-in-a-lifetime trip was one of the best experiences of my life. There were tears and pain but still so much joy. It was beautiful. – Joel

At camp I got out of my comfort zone and did things I would never have thought to do. – Millie

Camp was life changing and really enjoyable! I really enjoyed learning about Parliament House and government. All of the things we did was a highlight for me. I would 100% recommend it. It’s a great life adventure for all ages! – Finn

On camp I tried a lot of different things, became more confident and made a lot of new friends. – Ruby

All these experiences made me realise how beautiful and amazing our country is. The camp is definitely in the top with the best experiences. It was a real learning experience. – Nadia

The Canberra trip was an experience filled with friendship, bravery, initiative, laughter and much more. It will be one trip I won’t forget. The experience was like no other. – Lily-Mae

At camp I became more confident in myself and spoke to new people from Victor and Goolwa. – Chloe

Canberra would have to be my favourite camp from this school since Reception. My top 4 favourite things would be the Mint, the AIS, Questacon and the War Memorial. Canberra was awesome! – Ella

One of my favourites was definitely at Tesltra Tower because of the amazing view and how fun it was yelling and screaming while we all ran around in the wind. It was so much fun! – Henry

Canberra has definitely been my favourite school camp so far. I was nervous and worried but I forgot about it because I had so much fun. Canberra has been one of the best experiences of my life and I would definitely recommend going. – Sophie

Best camp ever! Although I had my doubts, it turned out better than I expected and I learnt so much about Canberra’s history. Australia is so much more than I thought it was. – Lucinda

What I really enjoyed about Canberra was the snow, going down the slopes in a toboggan, making and throwing snowballs. – Alexis

Canberra was a great experience and I loved tobogganing in the snow. I learnt so much and I’m definitely glad I went. – Zac

Questacon was definitely a highlight. It has very cool contraptions so if you love science, that’s the place for you. – Dylan

Parent Comments:

Brilliant camp, action packed with amazing places to see. The kids absolutely loved it. Thanks for taking such great care of them.

Huge success!! All positive. Very excited about all the different experiences that were unique to the students!

My son had an absolutely amazing time and hasn’t stopped talking about Canberra! “The best time of my life” in fact!

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