In the last week of Term 3, all of the Year Sixes visited Canberra, Australia’s Capital, for five days. This was an extremely fun experience so I am going to write a brief overview of each day
Day 1: Arrival.
Today we arrived in Canberra. After waking up early we got here and as soon as we left the airport we visited Government House. We were told we were NOT allowed into the house, it happened to be that the Prime Minister was being sworn in. So we all thought we had to go somewhere else. But we went in and we met the Governor General of Australia. If you do not know who he is here is a good link; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Governor-General_of_Australia We were told we were allowed to watch all the Politicians come into the house. We saw the new Prime Minister, Malcom Turnbull. Here is a website about him; https://www.pm.gov.au/ After that we went to Floriade, the flower exhibition and the National Capital Exhibition. They were both a lot of fun and we learnt lots. After that, we went to Parliament House which was MASSIVE! We learnt all about what happens in Parliament and after that, all feeling tired we went to our accommodation at the Australian Institute of Sport. We found out who was in our dorms and settled in. After dinner we had an early night. What a day!
Day 2: AIS tour and more
Today we went on a tour of the AIS. It was a lot of fun when we got to see swimmers swimming and we got to play games in the Sportex Zone. After that we quickly got changed and went to the High Court of Australia. It was a MASSIVE building. We learnt all about what happens in the courts. Then we went up to the top of Mt. Ainslie. There were amazing views over the city. Then we went back down again and went to the National Art Gallery. We saw some famous art like Jackson Pollack’s Blue Poles. Then we went back to the AIS
Day 3: Australian War Memorial, Archives, Mint, Movie Night.
Today we went to the National Archives first. We did activities like writing a dictation test and looking at the actual constitution written in 1901. Then we went to the Royal Australian Mint. The Mint is where all the coins in Australia are made. We saw Titan, a very large robot who lifts many tons of coins a day. Then we went to the Australian War Memorial. We learnt all about the war with interactive experiences. Then we got to go to the Wall of Remembrance and place a poppy next to a name who died in the war. Then we watched the closing ceremony which was beautiful. Then we went back to the AIS and we had dinner and had a movie night.
Day 4: Questacon, National Museum, Museum of Australian Democracy, Packing.
Today we went to Questacon and we had a lot of fun and spent a whole hour shopping. Then we went to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. We had a lot of fun with interactive experiences. Then we went to the National Museum of Australia. We went on an interactive experience when we got to create a robot and go back in time to the gold rush. My team ended up getting the most points! Then we went back to the AIS and packed our bags
Day 5: Home
Today we woke up at 4:30 and got on the bus to the airport to catch our plane home. We hopped on a plane which got delated which was annoying. When we got home, all our parents were there to take us home that day. It was the BEST CAMP EVER!