By Rebecca Falvey 6Navy
Last Thursday, forty-three, bleary-eyed girls met at Tangara at 6:45 am to begin our long-awaited journey to Canberra. We were all so excited to learn about Parliament and, of course, to go to Questacon!
After a long, three-hour trip, we arrived at Parliament House to have lunch, celebrate Veronica Sarkis’ 12th birthday and to learn about how Australian laws are made. There, we were also taken on a tour of the Senate and the House of Representatives. We learned how laws are passed; where in the chambers certain people sit and that the Parliament House has 4,500 rooms and 2,700 clocks.
After, we went to the Australian War Memorial, which has an amazing view of the Parliament House. We went on a tour of the War Memorial and saw many names on the Roll of Honour. We were delighted to be asked to take part in the Last Post Ceremony, at 5:00, where Breanna Rochester and Jasmine Khoury laid a wreath in front of the Pool of Reflection. The service was broadcast nationwide.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, we went to the Canberra Carotel Motel to get changed and have dinner. It was a noisy meal. Then we went to the Australian Institute of Sports and saw where the Olympians train, although we didn’t see any. Following the tour, we went to the games room which featured skiing, basketball, soccer, cricket, sprinting, high jump, rowing, cycling and snowboarding all of which you can try using a simulator.
Exhausted, we went back to our accommodation where we fell into bed and, by 10:30, were in a deep and peaceful slumber……….. Well, that didn’t happen.
The next day we went to the Australian Electoral Centre where we learnt about voting, how to vote and how the electoral system works. We did several activities including having our own vote. The humble ‘Peach’ was voted our favourite.
Next we visited the National Museum of Australia. There we watched a video about Australia through time. We walked around at our own pace looking at the amazing displays. At the end we went to K-space which is a centre in the museum where you can create your own robot and go on adventures with it.
Last but DEFINITELY NOT LEAST we went to Questacon where the teachers had a hard time trying to keep us calm. We saw a show called ‘Bright Sparks’ where we learnt about electricity. Grace Shamieh and Veronica Sarkis were both volunteers for this show. We visited many of the levels, experimenting with the displays, demonstrating scientific phenomenon and trying to wait patiently until it was time to go on the free-fall slide. However, in the end, it wasn’t everyone’s ‘Cup of Tea’.
On the way back to Tangara we all raved about how much fun the excursion had been but it wasn’t complete until we stopped at Maccas to fill our very hungry bellies.
The Year Fives have so much to look forward to for next year.