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Year 7 Canberra Camp (Issue 9 2017)

Written on the 22 June 2017

Camp is always an exciting time for the boys, particularly in Year 7, as the boys share the time touring Canberra and at the Marist Hermitage in Mittagong. The camp took place in Week 6, 5-9 June 2017. Visiting our nation's capital, Canberra is a fantastic experience that blends the Civics and Citizenship unit being studied in Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), with the building of our year level community. Whilst in Mittagong, the boys are afforded the opportunity to learn more about the College's Marist heritage, particularly focusing on our theme for the year, In the way of Mary.

In Canberra, the boys enjoyed some time at Questacon, Parliament House and Old Parliament House. Generally speaking, the boys are most excited about visiting the Australian Institute of Sport and being toured around the facilities by an athlete in residence. However upon reflection, the boys speak most highly of their experience at the Australian War Memorial.

The Hermitage was a particularly special place for us to visit as it represents the original Hermitage in France, where Marcellin Champagnat first founded the Marist Brothers. Our time at Mittagong gave us a chance to stop and reflect on what makes us the people we are. During this time, we developed year level banners that symbolise our identity, made lizard tails that held inside them things they needed 'to let go of', participated in a yoga workshop and got to show our competitive side in the Amazing Marist Race. Our banner and art instalments will soon appear in our Year 7 area at school as a reflection of what they boys have taken away from the experience.

The boys were outstanding in all aspects of the camp from the moment we grouped at the airport until arriving back in Adelaide on the Friday afternoon. Many of the venues we visited, airline staff and passengers commended the boys on their positive conduct and manners, which is always lovely to hear. The students showed an immense amount of respect towards staff and each other during the camp and showed a gratitude for the experiences they were able to share.

Overall, the camp experience allowed students to strengthen their bonds as a Year 7 community.

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Kate Fallon
Year 7 Learning & Teaching Coordinator

Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER)
Students from the Middle 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.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. The Australian Government will contribute funding under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards the costs of the trip. The rebate is paid directly to the College upon completion of the excursion.



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