After more than 6 months of planning, fundraising and building excitement, 56 Year 9 and 10 students, 9 staff members and one parent flew out of Port Hedland across our wide continent to begin the inaugural Hedland Senior High School Canberra and Sydney Camp.
It was a cool 12oC when the group landed in the nation’s capital, and even though it warmed up through the day, it took everyone a while to get used to the very different climate from Port Hedland. Four days in Canberra flew by, with some of the highlights being Parliament House, a guided tour through the Australian Institute of Sport, the NationalArtGallery, a role play in the Senate Chamber of Old Parliament House and a night out ten pin bowling.
A day trip to Perisher Snowfields provided a great start to the school holidays where many of our students saw snow for the first time. Sunday we drove from Canberra to Sydney, detouring through a very busy BondiBeach on our way into the city. Time in Sydney was spent at the Opera House, the HarbourBridgeMuseum, the Sydney Jewish Museum, a tour through ANZ Stadium as well as other iconic sites.
The students’ Canberra and Sydney Camp blog can be accessed by clicking on the following link: http://kidblog.org/CanberraTrip2013/.
Students, parents, staff and the local community put in a great effort when it came to fundraising, running two cake stalls, a raffle, sausage sizzles and a Chef’s Toolbox party.
HedlandSenior High School would like to thank the Australian Government for recognizing the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital by contributing funding of $260 per student to assist families in meeting the cost of the camp.
We would also like to recognise local organisationsPortHedlandPort Authority, Atlas, Rio Tinto Dampier Salt and Pilbara Meta Maya for their financial contributions towards the camp.
A great time was had by all, and the Society and Environment Learning Area are looking forward to the Canberra and Sydney Camp 2014!