The annual Sydney and Canberra trip provides a wonderful learning experience for our Year 6 students.
The Sydney/Canberra Trip is a valuable learning experience in many ways, not just for its educational benefits, but also for the relationships that students build and the sense of community that they develop.
The Sydney/Canberra trip directly supports the Year 6 curriculum, most notably in the areas of History, Civics and Citizenship, Science, Design and Technology.
A major curriculum focus in Year 6 is Federation and the system of government adopted at that time, followed by the movement in the 20th century to Australia becoming the multi-cultural nation it is today. The major events of the 20th century, such as the World Wars are considered in the context of immigration and the changing role of the indigenous peoples of Australia during this period. This curriculum is supported by visits to Parliament House, the Australian Museum of Democracy, the National Archives, the National Capital Exhibition, the Australian War Memorial and the replica gold mining village, The Goldrush Colony in Mogo.
Students have the opportunity to learn from and about the local South Coast Koori culture with fascinating presentations with experienced local Koori advisers. In teams they will have the chance to design and build an authentic gunya and one of the evenings will be spent listening to dreamtime stories.
Our Science curriculum looks at sustainability and conservation, an area which is heavily supported by our visit to Canberra Zoo. Additional visits to Questacon and the Australian Institute of Sport, with their scientific approach to attaining excellence, expose students to the application of many concepts discussed in Year 6 Science. As part of the trip, students also visit the Sydney Harbour Bridge and have an opportunity to see how the bridge was constructed which supports our Design and Technology curriculum.
As well as experiences that directly link to the curriculum, students take part in other excursions such as a ferry ride across Sydney Harbour and, of course, the snow. All of these outings add to the impact of the trip.
In addition to these benefits, the trip is a time of social and emotional growth for the students. It is common for parents to remark how the students have matured during the trip. The trip promises to be an action-packed, educational and memorable time for all.