Firstly, we would like to say thank you for giving us the opportunity to go all the way to Canberra. Year Six spent four days last week in Canberra and on behalf of  John Paul College, would like to acknowledge the funding and support of the Australian Government through the PACER contribution.

There were many highlights to the trip and various authentic connections were made to our current Unit of Inquiry about leadership.



The War Memorial is an amazing place. It is full of history and can be for some people, a very sad and emotional place. For many of us, it is a reminder of Australia’s history. We all had a great time, and some of us found some family members on the Roll of Honour.

The Roll of Honour is a wall and any Australians who gave their lives in the First or Second World Wars, have their names depicted on the wall. Many of the soldiers’ names are unknown because the name tag was taken off and sent back to their families or they had no name tag. There is a soldier who is buried in the War Memorial, but the name is unknown for that exact reason. So, anyone who has visited that grave, knows him as the Unknown Soldier. He represents all the soldiers who gave their lives for us. Annie

Hello my name is Jannat and I would like to share two of the fantastic activities we did during our Year Six Canberra camp. These two activities are Questacon and our bike ride around Lake Burley Griffin. Firstly, the bike ride… lets just say it was astounding! We got to see many interesting and stunning land marks around the lake, and gained a slight understanding of how Canberra is structured today. For those who had a bit of a struggle of riding a bike, they became experts at riding one. Whilst bike riding, we had to behave as leaders and be respectful of our surroundings and the people around us, for safety regulations and to make sure everyone had a fun ride.Questacon was also a blast! We had the opportunity to interact and play with all these scientific items. One of my favourite activities was the free fall. It was fearsome but at the same time, incredible and enjoyable, and it gave us an opportunity to become a risk-taker. Overall, the whole Canberra trip was inspiring and fun, as we were able to learn so many new facts and take home an enjoyable memory.
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) was another one of the places Year Six visited when we were in Canberra. While we were there, we learned a lot about professional athletes. We had a look at the swimming pool, the gym, and lots more. Did you know that the swimming pool is worth 17 million dollars! There were cameras everywhere, plus an underground tunnel with windows everywhere so the coaches can keep a good eye on the swimmers.During our visit, we went past the trainers’ gym and saw running tracks and treadmills. Our tour guide told us a lot of information such as a 12-year-old child climbed a 50-metre rope just using her hands. After a long training session, scientists show that chocolate and strawberry milk helps you recover your muscles and breathing when you are puffed out. We enjoyed some activities in the Sportex room and left having learned a lot. Chelsea
At the Governor General’s house, we toured the beautiful residence and were extremely lucky to meet the Governor General himself. He told us his full name; it was his Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove. He presented the school with a special medal. We sat with him while he told us about his important role. One very important part is signing a Bill to make it a law on behalf of the Queen of England. Simon
The House of Representatives is a great place to visit. It is a place with serious and fun learning. There are two Houses, the House of Representatives and the Senate. The House of Representatives is green and the Senate is red. We saw the House of Representatives in action, arguing about milk prices. We were lucky enough to meet Dr Jim Chalmers MP, Federal Labor Member for Rankin, Shadow Minister for Finance, and have a long talk with him. We also passed a pretend Bill in a model ‘House of Representatives’. Harry M