Rossmoyne 2015 Canberra Science Tour
Nineteen Year 10 students recently participated in a tour to Canberra. This tour had a strong science focus and included two days spent completing a program at the Australian National University, visits to Mt Stromlo Observatory, the National Dinosaur Museum, Questacon and the Australian Institute of Sport.
The tour also provided students with the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. Students visited the National Gallery and the National Museum, the Old and New Parliament Houses which included an address and Q&A by Dr Denis Jensen, the Australian War Museum where they participated in a wreath laying ceremony, as well as talked with a Vietnam veteran about the his experiences in the war.
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 this excursion the Australian Government has contributed $240 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program. This amount is paid to the school on completion of the program.
The courtesy and respect these students showed each other as well as other members of the public whilst on this tour, earned them praise from the people and organisations with whom they had contact. I was greatly impressed with the initiative, level of participation and reliability of the group.
Mr Steve Holyoake