Learning through experience

Image: Year 6 class in front of the display of 62,000 handcrafted, red poppies on the Canberra Memorial’s grounds which is the centrepiece of commemorations, symbolically representing Australian lives lost in the First World War.

Mr Simon Edgar
Head of Junior and Middle School

Last week a group of Year 6 students travelled to our nation’s capital, Canberra, to learn more about Australian history and democracy.

The tour enabled our boys and girls to explore what has been learnt in the classroom on a much deeper level and consolidate their knowledge around the history of Australia and parliamentary processes.

Experiences like these are a fantastic way to build character and facilitate learning.

Beyond enhancing the social, cultural and emotional development of young learners, they also help to promote important life skills like independence.

In exploring new places and talking with local people and tour guides, our students were able to broaden their perspectives and understanding of the world around them.

A number of students will share stories from the trip with their peers at next week’s assembly.

A special note to our Year 6 families: 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 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) program towards these costs.  The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion and when the necessary paperwork has been sent through.  This rebate will be passed back to parents once received from the Australian Government and this will be reflected in your account balance.