Boys Discover Heritage and Democracy in Canberra
A group of Year 9 students travelled to Canberra during the school holidays as part of the School’s annual tour of the National Capital. The tour, which supports the work covered by students in Social Science classes, gave the boys an opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programmes on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.
Highlights included a visit to Parliament House, where the boys took part in a role-playing exercise organised by the Parliamentary Education Office, and Old Parliament House, where they gained an insight into the history of Australia’s parliamentary democracy at work.
The Australian War Memorial was another standout for the boys, who spent two, half days exploring the exhibits and improving their knowledge of Australia’s role in world conflicts and peacemaking. Some students also had an opportunity to spend time in the facility’s research department investigating their family history and the roles relatives played in the defence of Australia.
A day trip to Thredbo gave experts and beginners an opportunity to have some fun on (and off) the slopes while a visit to Geoscience Australia allowed the boys to investigate earthquakes and tsunamis through three-dimensional, interactive displays and create their own earth tremor.
Tour staff, including Head of Geography Allan Hallett and mathematics teacher Ben Hodsdon, said the tour was a great success. The School would like to thank the Australian Government for their support of the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate programme, which contributes funding towards the educational tour.