17 October 2022

Culture, heritage and democracy: Year 6 in the capital

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Culture, heritage and democracy: Year 6 in the capital
Culture, heritage and democracy: Year 6 in the capital
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At the commencement of Term 4 the Year 6 students and staff were on their way to Canberra for a five-day immersive, educational experience focussed on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. Over the course of the week, students increased their knowledge of the inner workings of the political system, visiting Old Parliament House, New Parliament House and the High Court. They learnt the importance of the electoral voting system and the power individual votes can play. Students increased their understanding of the impact of war, receiving a guided tour at the Australia War Memorial and heard individual stories of both people and animals impacted by war. They also learnt about Australian First Nations history at the National Gallery of Australia, where they visited the spectacular and moving Aboriginal Memorial (pictured). In addition to these experiences, students also visited the CSIRO, the Royal Australian Mint and Questacon.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizens education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the interstate experience the Australian Government will contribute $45.00 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program. The rebate is paid directly to the School upon completion of the excursion. We thank the Government for this generous assistance.

We would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Carey staff over the course of this week and extend our thankfulness to Rebecca Wansbrough for her organisation of this incredible learning experience.

Mel Brown
Deputy Head of Junior School – Student Learning

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