The Year 7 annual trip to Canberra last week proved once again to be the exciting climax of the year – so far, anyway! The students enjoyed a week away discovering all the highlights of Canberra, and fortunately, the city was on its very best behaviour weather-wise and wasn’t too cold after all. Beautiful, clear sunshine-filled days made the week so much more enjoyable and the students were able to have fun exploring our nation’s capital without freezing.
Sightseeing included highlights such as the Australian Institute of Sport, Australian War Memorial, National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of Australia, Royal Australian Mint, the Carillion, National Capital Exhibition, CSIRO, Telstra Tower, Questacon and of course, Parliament House. We observed the planned ‘bush capital’ from Mt Ainslie and Red Hill, as well as Black Mountain, to see the symmetry of the design from all angles.
But of course, the absolute highlight of the week was the day spent at Thredbo in the snow. The squeals of delight at the very first smatterings of snow on the distant hills as we drove south were just a foretaste of the total exhilaration we all experienced once knee-deep in fresh snow! We spent a clear sunny afternoon throwing snowballs, making snowmen and sledding down the hill in a little valley that we had all to ourselves.
What a wonderful way for Year 7 students and staff to spend a week together. We want to take this opportunity to thank the federal government for their contribution of funds through the PACER program which gives us this opportunity to visit our nation’s capital and these amazing and significant venues.
Tania Calais, Year 7 Coordinator