Below is a report of the Glenallen School trip to Canberra:
Students from Glenallan School have recently undertaken an education tour of the national capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. A wonderful time was had by all in Canberra. Accommodation at Scouts ACT Camp Cottermouth in a bush setting proved to be fabulous, catering for all the needs of our students. We were looked after wonderfully well by Janine, Paul and Dave. Throughout the week students were fully occupied seeing the key sites. Students participated in educational programs at Parliament House, followed by a tour, and the Electoral office where they experienced obtaining, completing and posting a ballot paper followed by the tallying of preferential votes to obtain a clear result. The Australian Mint provided insight in to the development of coins in Australia and the Australian War Memorial gave a greater understanding of the experiences of the ANZACS in WW1 and WW11. Students also attended the last post ceremony at the War Memorial where a particularly moving ceremony commemorated the 75th anniversary of D Day. Student representatives, Shilpi and Madi, laid a wreath on behalf of Glenallen School. This ceremony was live streamed and can be viewed at
The visit to Duntroon gave us an opportunity to witness an interesting display of precision marching. A trip up to Mt Ainslie look out gave us a wonderful view of Canberra and the visit to he the National Capital Exhibition explained the history of the development of Canberra as  the capital of Australia where the interactive map showed the layout of the city. Questacon was a clear favourite where only the tip of the ice berg of science could be explored. Much to think about, ponder and revisit. Although chilly we were extremely lucky with the weather on camp, beautiful clear blue sunny days made for an unforgettable experience. In addition to PACER funding, thanks goes to all the staff who helped fundraise for the trip, Canterbury Rotary who made a generous donation and of course to the staff who made the trip possible by giving their time to accompany the students on this amazing adventure.