School of the Air students visit Canberra

A six-day trip to Canberra delighted 18 Alice Springs School of the Air students, who journeyed to the capital as part of a civics and citizenship study unit.

The primary and middle years’ students visited many attractions, including Questacon, Cockington Green Gardens, the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, and the Royal Australian Mint.

Principal Kerrie Russell said the trip was a wonderful opportunity for students to see different parts of Australia, and be exposed to unusual and educational experiences.

“For one student from a remote community it was the first time she had been on a plane,” she said. “The trip was a series of amazing encounters for our isolated students, giving them time with their peers, and opportunities to develop teamwork skills and expand their understanding of Australian democracy.

“The expedition was also a chance for geographically isolated children to enhance their social skills, make new friends or deepen existing relationships. The students journeyed from Central Australia, the Top End, and from as far away as the Western Australia border.”

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