In week 4, Stage 3 had the experience of going to Canberra. But, due to Covid 19 we were not able to go there physically, this was devastating. Until Mr Kensell and Mrs Brooker put all their effort and time towards a virtual tour. They spent their free time and hours so all of us could still have the learning and fun experience of Canberra.
On the 5th of November 2020: This day was the first day of our Canberra tours. We had an entertaining and imaginative plane ride and a Qantas youtube video on the TV of what the real experience of a plane would have been like. Once we arrived in ‘Canberra’ we got to have a virtual tour to the Museum of Australian Democracy or Old Parliament House. The people running the tour were from the company MoAd.
The person we were greeted by was a kind woman named Jessica. She was super nice and gave us the fun experience we deserved. We learnt about the House of Representatives and the Senate. We learnt about King George the Fifth and his statue located at the entry. And how we had to wear gloves so the heat and sweat from our hands didn’t ruin the bronze on the statue.
Unlike if we actually went to the Old Parliament House we saw rooms that are secretive. Such as the radio room. This radio room helped the local people hear the conversations made in the rooms.
Then we went to the New Parliament House and were greeted by Andrew. He talked about the history of the New Parliament House and how it is derived from the Old Parliament house. We got to do a fun and educational activity. This activity was about making our own electorate. What we had to do was make up our electorate name, where we were going to do it and what we would work on in our electorate. The school day came to an end... well not for Stage 3. We got to stay at school until 6:30 and have sausage sandwiches for dinner!
6th of November 2020: This was the second and final day of our Canberra experience. Firstly we had a few activities and moved straight into learning about the Australian War Memorial. First, the guide talked about a boat from World War and the bullet holes through it. She then moved on and talked about the equipment the soldiers would have used in the war to help them. While this was happening our school bell went off singing the song al la la la la la bamba.
We were also talking about a specific family that their sons went to war. We wrote a letter to them pretending to be their parents. After this we went and talked about the Unknown Soldier and how every country has one dead soldier and no one knows who it is. This then leads to the Eternal Flame and how it never blows out. This flame represents every soldier that lost their life the same as the poppy wall. The poppy wall had names of hundreds of soldiers in the war and this is how we remember them.
After this very educational tour we went to the National Portrait Gallery where we learnt about Indigenous art and portraits of people. We even got to make some of our own portraits and had to show our cultural background. While this was happening we got ice blocks and were shown to our seats in the plane again. We had another Qantas video and we left Canberra but with an experience. The whole of Stage 3 had really good fun and we all learnt something new.
We had the best experience ever. Thank you teachers!