In the nation’s capital

Year 6 IGS students recently visited Canberra, ACT, to further their understanding of democracy and government.

The three-day trip included many highlights, such as visits to the Australian War Memorial, the Australian Institute of Sport and Parliament House, where students had a chance to meet Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Education and Shadow Minister for Women, Tanya Plibersek.

Students Red McLeay, Madeliene Hayen and Gisella Zambarelli share their reflections:

Day 1

We arrived in the School Hall at 5.15am and then left on the bus at 6am. We proceeded to drive to Canberra while the sun was rising, stopping on the way for a morning snack. We crossed the border into the ACT and visited the Australian War Memorial. At the Memorial we saw multiple war items and paraphernalia. We went through exhibits, experiencing war in an interactive way while learning about the history.

Then, at Mount Ainslie, we looked out over the entirety of Canberra. The next thing on our list was to go to The National Film and Sound Archive, where we saw some strange and humorous clips of film and sound from many different times. Lastly we arrived at the hotel to rest after a long day!

Day 2

The second day began by going to Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). We were taken on a tour of the training grounds where Olympians practise their skills. We also got to play on simulators for climbing, skiing, Paralympic cycling, soccer, basketball and many other sports.

After that we drove to Parliament House where we saw the Senate and the House of Representatives in session. There was a mock parliament where we pretended to be ministers. After this we were stunned to meet the Member for Sydney, Tanya Plibersek, who is the Shadow Minister for Education and most importantly the Deputy Head of the Labor party.

After all this excitement we drove to the National Art Gallery for lunch, then made our way to the High Court of Australia where we saw first female Chief Justice, Susan Kiefel. Wow!
After that we went to Questacon where we explored numerous activities, discovering the way science works through our world. It was so much fun!

Day 3

On our last day of the Canberra trip we departed from our hotel to the Australian Electoral Commission. There we watched a video and used interactive activities to teach us more about preferential voting and the electoral process. We then moved to another room and got to pretend we were all voting, and we all certainly learnt a lot from it. Everything was enjoyable and fun. We had a great time.

Afterwards we went to the Museum of Australian Democracy, also known as the Old Parliament House. We were taught all about the development of democracy, and worked in small activity groups. We were led through The Australian Electoral Commission on a fascinating tour. We had the chance to dress up in various costumes to represent past speakers and ministers in the old Senate and House Of Representatives.

To top off our trip we enjoyed a chilly but enjoyable bike ride around Lake Burley Griffin. The sights there were amazing.

Our year group had a wonderful time visiting the different landmarks of Canberra and learning a lot while doing so. What a trip it was. We all wish we could go back again!

We would all like to thank, Ms Klahn, Ms Jones, Ms McGowan, Ms Gagliano, Mr Reitmans and Mr Smith for looking after all of us and making this trip the best possible.

Students hearing from Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Education and Shadow Minister for Women, Tanya Plibersek