After a Covid-induced hiatus, it was wonderful to finally get the opportunity to return to Canberra with my Year 12 Modern History class. With the Australian War Memorial under considerable development, it was a chance to diversify our program and travel to some additional locations including the National Archives, National Museum, and the National Library.
We had a chilly, early start, leaving school at 7am and spent the day touring our nation’s capital city, enjoying a range of informative programs all focused on developing students’ skills in analysing historical sources. We finished the day at the Australian War Memorial, where our School Captain, Caleb Peters, and Prefect, Rebekah Norman, had the opportunity to lay a wreath on behalf of the school at the Last Post Ceremony. Each day, the Memorial honours the memory of a soldier, and on this day, they coincidentally remembered a soldier Caleb had studied as part of a Year 10 History Assessment. What a gift to experience history in a very real way!
We enjoyed having dinner out together and playing games back at our accommodation before another day of programs. After touring the National Gallery of Australia and National Library of Australia, we journeyed back to SGCS tired, happy, and grateful for the wonderful bonding experience this excursion proves to be every year.
It was particularly special experiencing this excursion with this cohort, and as their Year Adviser, having taught many students in this class since Year 9. The students had a fantastic time, with one student remarking it had been “her favourite school experience thus far” and it was easily one of my highlights too.
Report: Mrs Kate Holden, SGCS HSIE/English Teacher, and Year 12 Adviser