Civics and citizenship in Canberra

Grade 5 and 6 students from St Cuthbert’s Catholic School recently toured our nation’s capital. To support civics and citizenship education, the Australian Federal Government provides a financial contribution to enable students from across the country to visit Canberra.

The four days students spent in Canberra were crammed with educational programs focused on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.

An early departure from Hobart on day one allowed the students enough time to enjoy a bus tour of Canberra before taking in St Christopher’s Cathedral, Old Parliament House and a tour of the Australian Institute of Sport. Embassies, High Commissions and the High Court provided the focus for students on day two, along with a visit to the National Gallery and the opportunity to get hands-on with the exhibits at the National Science and Technology Centre.

Day three saw the students visit Parliament House, the Canberra Education Centre and the Australian War Memorial. The final day of the trip provided a change of pace with the students arriving in Sydney for a walk around the Rocks, the Opera House and Botanic Gardens. Students also visited Sydney’s impressive St Mary’s Cathedral before departing for home.

Not only did the trip provide the students with the opportunity to explore the capital and participate in new activities, it also gave students a chance to step out of their comfort zone and thrive in new and challenging environments.