25 Mar

In a much anticipated tour, our Year 7 students joined our Year 6 students this year, and set off for our nation’s capital.

As a result of COVID-19 the Canberra trip in 2020 was sadly cancelled. As a result, this year the Year 7 students were invited to attend the trip with our Year 6 cohort. Over 80 students enjoyed a four-day educational tour in Week 7 of Term 1, giving students an opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.

Helen Finlay, Principal, joined her first interstate trip with St Peter’s Woodlands children and reports that she thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

“There is nothing I like more than watching children learn in a hands-on environment”.

A Packed and Exciting Itinerary

In order to take full advantage of the many attractions Canberra had to offer, the tour began early with the students arriving at Adelaide Airport at 5.00 am and the itinerary was certainly jam packed!

The tour included visits to the National Museum of Australia, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia and the National Science and Technology Centre.

The students also visited Questacon, Government House, Parliament House, Mt Ainslie Lookout, Australian Institute of Sport, Deep Space Communication Complex, National Electoral Education Centre, National Film and Sound Archive, CSIRO Discovery Centre, National Capital Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.

Student Feedback

Students took part in a range of activities, met a number of different people and enjoyed everything that our capital has to offer.

“I liked going to Parliament House to see what all the different rooms looked like and see where important decisions are made” – Jacob C

“I enjoyed going to the Art Museum and seeing all the cool art. I also really enjoyed visiting both of the Parliament Houses as well as the War Memorial. I was able to learn a lot about Canberra and our government” – Emmerson F

Many of the students enjoyed Questacon the most because of the interactive component.

In between these venues we enjoyed a driving tour of the embassies, a cycle around part of Lake Burley Griffin and plenty of stops at green spaces to run around and have a bite of lunch or morning tea.

“I really enjoyed the bike ride around the lake. It was really pretty and peaceful. Overall it was a really fun trip and I got to spend a lot of time with my friends” – Archie N

Nights were spent at Leumeah Lodge, a new venue for the school.  The accommodation was comfortable and the meals fantastic.

The tour linked to many parts of the Year 6 curriculum, particularly the History and Civics and Citizenship Learning Areas.

The Australian Government supports tours to Canberra.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit their national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist us in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government contributed $90 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) program towards the costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.

SPW would like to thank the Australian Government for their support of this program.

Tour Highlights

The tour included many highlights with all children enjoying the different venues. Showing respect at the Australian War Memorial was very special.

Other highlights of the week were visiting Government House, Parliament House, the Australian Institute of Sport and Questacon where students enjoyed 2 hours of hands on fun and learning.

Helen Finlay, Principal shares:

“The highlight of the trip for me was receiving a phone call from one of the tour operators telling me how impressed they were with the students from SPW. I returned to Adelaide a very proud Principal because we were able to enjoy ourselves and learn right alongside the students, due to their impeccable behaviour, good manners and resilient attitude towards new experiences. “

Throughout the tour, the students were outstanding in their attitude and behaviour with many people commenting to this effect. Thank you to all staff and students involved for making the tour a success.

Thank you to Kerry Ramsay, Head of Learning and Teaching together with Helen Finlay, Principal for sharing this story.