Stage 3 Canberra Camp

Year 5 Campers

Year 6 Campers

What a great time we all had visiting Canberra, our nation’s capital during week 2 of this term! The students at Oatley Public School set off early on Monday 22nd October and had an eventful 3 days full of fun, learning and new experiences.

There were many interesting and memorable places that we visited during camp. The war memorial was a beautiful place, where we paid our respects to those that fought for our country and we learnt a lot about the wars that have shaped Australia and the world we live in. We had the opportunity to purchase poppies from the gift shop to place on the Roll of Honour, which was very special. The Parliament House was extremely educational and the teachers loved seeing how much our students already knew from our government lessons in class! Some groups even got the chance to see our PM Scott Morrison speak in the House of Representatives. We also we fortunate to have Mr David Coleman come and talk to all of our students! The Australian Electoral Commission was a lot of fun and we learnt how preferential voting actually works. We even had a chance to find a family member on the electoral roll. The National Gallery and National Museum provided a great way for us to unwind and see art, objects and artefacts we had never seen before.

The Dinosaur Museum kept all of us entertained and some students even loved the animal ‘poo’ you could buy in the gift shop. Perhaps now is a good time to tell the students it’s not real! Then of course, there were the activities where the kids were given a chance to be active! The Australian Institute of Sport tested some of the students physical skills in a variety of activities including rock climbing, basketball, cycling and rowing. It was pretty cool to see the actual training areas and facilities that top athletes use too! Questacon was just a perfect end to our trip, where students had lots of fun with interactive activities, while learning about a variety of scientific concepts.

A busy 3 days, but all students (and teachers) had such a great time in Canberra and we all left with memories that won’t be forgotten!

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 is contributing funding of $20 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.