Solomontown students travel to Canberra

Solly kids experienced Canberra, the home of tax revenue, after doing some fundraising of their own.

With teachers Mae Camporeale, Reece Snowden and Ben Pendry taking the lead, Solomontown Primary School raised money to pay for a trip by 28 students to the nation’s capital.

“We did a lot of fundraising with a lot of help from parents and businesses who gave goods and services to put towards it over the course of the year,” Ms Camporeale said.

“We are looking at conducting a similar trip every two years.”

The teachers said principal Brenda Potter had recognised that students from the school had never previously visited Canberra and it was a good time to make the journey.

As part of their civics and citizenship studies, the students from Years 6 and 7 packed their bags for what was for many their first plane flight.

The trip between November 20 and 23 included visits to:

  • Australian War Memorial
  • Royal Australian Mint
  • Old and New Parliament Houses
  • Questacon science centre
  • Telstra Tower
  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • National Art Gallery

“It was very cold halfway through the trip. We had a big dust storm and a thunderstorm,” Ms Camporeale said.

Mr Snowden said: “It was cold enough to see your breath when it blew in.”

At the war memorial, two students laid a wreath at the traditional Last Post event.

The group learned how to cast a vote at the electoral commission and experienced role-playing in the parliament for the passing of a Bill.

At the Australian Institute of Sport, they watched a Masters International Fencing Tournament.

“We got them home with a lot of memories,” Mr Snowden said. “Ninety percent of the kids had never been on a plane before so it was a big experience for them. Most of us had never been to Canberra. It will probably stick with them for the rest of their lives."