It was a tired, yet animated group of students who returned home on Saturday afternoon after an exciting week in Sydney and Canberra. The extended trip home provided yet another story for parents to hear. Whilst we had some rain, our day in the snow was magical and the rain certainly didn’t dampen any enthusiasm! Highlights varied from student to student and included: Royal Australian Mint – seeing Titan the robot in action Questacon – the free fall National Museum – Phar Lap’s heart Parliament House Australian War Memorial The trip was supported by the yearlong fundraising efforts of parents, grandparents and staff. We again thank them for their tireless efforts. We also sincerely thank all the community organisations who donated goods or provided opportunities for our fundraising to occur.
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 contributed funding of $80 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. I was very proud of our learners and we received many complements from venue staff and from strangers at airports about their manners and behaviour. Thank you to Mrs Opperman, Mrs Evans and Mr Roth for their care and support of the learners whilst we were away.