Intrepid Year 8 Students on Camp

The intrepid Year 8 students spent three days during Week 3 of Term 4 away from school at beautiful Camp Mornington, nestled in the hills near Waroona. After lunch on the first day, three hours passed very fast while we shared smelly shoes, solved group puzzles (using our multiprocessing skills – kicking a soccer ball, passing a basketball and listening to our screaming classmates simultaneously!) and “run the gauntlet” style dodgeball. It was surprising who made it through to score the major points; often it was not the fastest but those with an eye on the ball and the ability to jump, slide and slink their way to the goal!

A delicious dinner, dishes and a movie night saw us into bed for devotions and sleep, ready for the next day’s adventure.

Day 2 dawned bright and sunny and we spent the day doing a low ropes and mid ropes course. At the low ropes there was a variety of challenges: fitting all of our team on a moving log for the longest time, getting all of our team over two walls, moving our whole team across two planks over a distance of 20 m without touching the ground. The challenge was to support one another through an obstacle course and then to move on to a course positioned about 5m above the ground suspended by a safety harness. Credit goes to all the Year 8 students – every student had a go at the course and for the way they encouraged each other through to the end. It was the wall challenge that proved the undoing of Mr Murray, who injured his hand as he climbed over the wall, scoring a prolonged visit to hospital and some surgery. We are very glad that he is recovering well and will be back with us soon!

Our day concluded with a massive swim in the pool and a crazy quiz night finished by a Fortnite dance-off by some of the boys!

The highlight of the third day for many students was a bush walk led by the intrepid Mr Peletier, exploring the campsite and mastering the hills and valleys! The highlight for the teachers was not returning the speaker to the students on the bus and having to listen to the creative bribery attempts and woeful singing instead!

It was a fantastic time away from the usual school “stuff” and a great opportunity to get to know each other much better. All of the teachers were impressed by what a wonderful bunch of people are hiding out in Year 8!

Here are some of the Year 8 students’ thoughts about camp:

“The best thing about camp was when I went down the flying fox and got splattered in water” – Ethan Douglas

“My favourite part of camp was doing different activities with all my friends. The worst was probably when Mr Murray hurt his hand on the low ropes” – Jordan Matthews

“Camp was great; lots of fun. Over the three days I learnt a lot about the teachers and more about my friends” – Ashton de Hoop

“The best thing on camp was the new friends that were made” – Ethan Farr

Search and Rescue and Emergency Services: Cadets on Camp

Early in Term 3 the Rehoboth Emergency Services Cadets had the opportunity to participate in a Cadet Camp.

As well as concentrating on personal challenge and growth through high-rope courses, the camp focused on learning about various Emergency Services agencies. We visited the Fremantle Sea Rescue service to tour their facilities, learnt about the Volunteer Marine Rescue Service and got an understanding of the role these volunteers play in keeping Western Australians safe while boating on the water.

We also visited the State Emergency Services (SES) and Fire Rescue Services (FRS) in Beckenham and learnt about the various methods of rescues and services that are provided to people in need during emergencies. We used this visit to launch into our Term 3 focus on “Search and Rescue” and learnt about various search methods, rescue carries, radio communications, personal protective equipment, knot-tying and how to use generators and lighting.

We are blessed to have over seventy cadets involved in the program. It is great to see their enthusiasm in learning new skills that may prepare them for community service opportunities or being able to help others in need.

As Term 4 begins, we plan to conduct an excursion to Bounce Inc. as a farewell to our Year 12 students who will be finishing up their time in the Cadets program. This includes Valdis Tan, Ivan Ca’o and Sean Gibbon, the latter of whom has been a faithful squad leader and Cadet representative on the Student Council. On behalf of the Cadet Instructors, we would like to thank these Senior Cadets for the involvement and encouragement of others.

Always Hard to Say Goodbye: Leonora Mission Trip Day 7

It was the final day with the kids and though the team went through the usual routine, it was tinged with a sense of sadness at having to leave as well as a sense of accomplishment at what they had achieved.

Today we woke up to Avril’s morning wake-up song, just like usual: “Rise and shine, and give God the glory, glory…” and repeat the verse until everyone’s awake.

Every day we do the usual morning routine; eat breakfast, get ready for the day, our morning devotion and applying sunscreen. For this morning’s devotion we had Tim and Elissa who volunteered to share with us. Tim gave us an example of how when we welcome the kids it represents us welcoming God, referring to a passage in the book of Matthew.

Then Elissa spoke about not complaining about what we are doing because when Jesus had disciples following him, He did not hesitate to encourage them and never complained about His situation.

Considering that today was our last day with the kids, the morning session went by pretty quickly and it was extremely hard to say our last farewells since these kids were so amazing and they made each day easier for us.

We were able to develop a strong connection with the kids and ministering to them gave me a completely new experience, but at the same time revealed more good things about myself and the people around me. The majority of us got attached to some of the kids and had to keep their name tags in memory of the kids.

Seeing the children go was surprisingly hard but I’m glad that God gave us this opportunity to minister to them and tell them more about His glory and amazing works.

Cheryl

I woke up this morning to discover that, once again, Cheryl had stolen the blankets. This was hastily followed by our very own songbird, Avril, singing. It’s safe to say that the morning started slow, but in the end we were all rushing out the door to go to the rec centre.

Today was our last day with the kids, so we tried to give it our all. All in all, things went pretty well and really fast. Saying goodbye to the kids was by far the hardest thing I have done all week. I’m really going to miss those children so much; honestly, so many of us nearly cried. I’m glad that we were able to come to the community here in Leonora and bless the children. Hopefully our efforts will leave an impact.

After lunch we cleaned the centre and came back to the sports club to rest and pack. Of course, we did neither of these things and mostly just mucked around. Then we went to dinner at the local pub. We had fish and chips, with a side of arm-wrestling competitions. Cheryl and I had a competition. She won the left handed one and I won the righted handed one. It was an interesting experience. When we arrived back we showered and packed.
Tomorrow we will be waking up super early and hopping on the bus to go home. I’m excited to go back to my own bed, but I am so glad we were able to come here and reflect Jesus’ love to these children.

Elissa

It All Comes Together: Leonora Mission Trip Day 6

The team’s second last day in Leonora saw things start to come together. The relationships built with the kids over the last few days are paying off, as are the prayers offered on behalf of the team and the kids of Leonora. The day also included a visit to Gwalia, just a short drive out of Leonora. Gwalia used to be small but bustling mining town of almost 1,200 people. In its heyday it had the distinction of being the second largest gold mine in WA after Kalgoorlie and, at 1,080m, was the deepest incline shaft mine in Australia. The mine’s first manager, a young mining engineer by the name of Herbert Hoover, would later go on to become president of the United States.

We were yet again woken up by Avril singing (as I am sure you have heard from previous posts). Breakfast was cereal as usual (I had Just Right). The morning session started really well, the kids were really well behaved, which made it easier. I was on the registration desk and all the kids were really helpful in pointing out who they were which was a nice change.

We played a game with a ball where the older kids get in a circle and keep the ball up in the air. Diego helped run the game by standing in the middle. During the craft I helped with some of the kids making pipe cleaner people, which was fun. The guys doing the drama and the Bible skit did really well, the drama especially engaged the kids and they really enjoyed it.

Lunch was really good, we had honey soy chicken with rice and veggies. Annalisse has been a brilliant cook all week!

Gwalia in the afternoon had really interesting artifacts inside the abandoned houses, like old empty bottles of beer on the kitchen shelves. Where the people slept, the curtains between the rooms have lots of holes and the outside of the building is just corrugated metal sheets. It was really interesting to see this old mining town and learn about its history. The mine itself was huge and deep and at the very bottom of the mine it was filled with water (I think it is really salty water). The vehicles are also really interesting because they were really old but still intact and preserved.

In the evening we went to Mr Radingus’ hobby farm to have a BBQ with the kids. He has lots of different animals including horses, camels, goats, kangaroos, pigs, dogs, pigeons, chickens etc.

Before the kids came we had a big fire, and Daniel burnt his manga books in the fire. This was part of his devotion in the morning about building God’s temple/kingdom and not our own, and removing those things that distract us from what really matters. It was a great evening with the kids taking us around and showing us the animals.

Timothy

We woke up to the sound of Avril singing and ate a breakfast of Coles’ copy of Nutri-Grain (Mighty Grain!) with a hot drink. Devotions was led by Daniel and he talked to us about building God’s kingdom – we also spent some time in prayer together for the kids of Leonora, especially those who had been fighting the night before. We walked up to the recreation centre and along the way Mr Taylor pretended to be making a nature documentary in which we all jumped past the camera pretending to be Kangaroos.

In the morning session my group all sat down and listened to us for the first time, which was awesome! Our activities worked really well and we had all the kids engaged. We also played an ice cream game were everyone was blindfolded and 2 people had to feed 2 other people ice-cream – we had all kids first up and then did it with 2 leaders being fed by kids. Half the time the ice cream just went all over their face.

After lunch we went out to Gwalia, a mining ghost town just outside of Leonora. Praise and I walked around listening to the walkie talkie guides. The mine shaft was really dangerous and used a series of bells to tell the operator which levers to pull – we heard a story about one operator who pulled the wrong lever at the wrong time and it resulted in someone dying.

We also went into President Herbert Hoover’s house which was so much bigger and fancier than all the other houses that we saw (the rest were quite derelict). I’m pretty sad that it’s going to be the final day tomorrow – it has gone so fast!

Sarah

Challenges and Memories: Leonora Mission Trip Day 5

Day 5 came with some unexpected challenges to overcome, but nevertheless the team forged many more happy memories as they shared with the kids of Leonora.

So, this morning started off great with Jason’s amazing devotions that he had been working on for two days. It was on how God made us with two ears, so it must be important. I found it truly amazing. This is one of the two good parts of my day.

For the morning session, about five kids just did not want to do the things that the other kids were doing. Chris was able to have a talk with one of the kids for a bit, which was good. The other four kids went and joined other groups and I had to go and get them.

The second best part of today was the parents evening. There were a lot more parents there than I thought there would be tonight. It was quite successful, and a ton of fun for everyone. Most of the parents got involved in all of the games, and all of the kids wanted to be part of all of the games.

Emily

What a day! It was intense, it was challenging, it was rewarding, it was chaotic, but overall, it was fantastic.

Session 1 was different. The kids actually cooperated with us, it was a surprise to be sure, but a welcome one. I felt like I really connected with the kids finally, not just a few of the kids, but a whole variety, from the little kids to the big kids. I was having great fun.

Then all of a sudden it was done, and it was time for Session 2, which kicked off with a game of volleyball in the park. Everyone was shining in happiness and it made me realise why we come here, to give these kids some joy, some love and just some good times. But like session 1, it was all over.

But hey, we still had Session 3 to worry about, which was the parents nights. The kids were keen to beat anyone who was older than them and it was a good night and everyone seemed to have fun. But then that was over, but then it wasn’t – fights erupted between some of the kids and they were at each other’s throats. But thank you Praise, Axyle and Chris for saving the situation for us.

Wednesday has drawn to an end. It started off great and ended interestingly, but I hope we can glorify God in all that we do and tell these kids about Jesus in the limited time we have.

Marcus

Learning to Lead: Leonora Mission Trip Day 4

Day 4, and the team are getting into the swing of things. What they’re learning about leadership, community, meeting the needs of others and sharing the gospel will be invaluable.

We woke up this morning to a beautiful song from Avril (I didn’t know what was going on because I was half asleep). Miss Webster shared devotions with us and we sang songs together. I loved the songs we sang (“Desert Song” and “Grace Alone”).

After that we started the morning activities with the kids for the second day. I was put on the spot to make paper boats with the small groups and it actually turned out great. I really connected with the kids, which made me feel great because I came here to do God’s work so that was pretty great.

After dinner we went to pick up the kids (it was my turn on the bus). It was quite different and I got to see where the kids live which made me feel a bit sad to see some of their living conditions – it does give me motivation to put in the effort to make the time we have with them fun.

We got to the centre and we ran a games night. I was running one of the games that I had created and it was great to connect with more of the kids. After everything finished my voice was almost gone from all the shouting. All in all the day went pretty great. Looking forward to the rest of the week!

P.S. Also, today I realised that there is a shop right next to the centre (Mr Taylor had been keeping this a secret) which has made me very excited to buy a fizzy drink.

Diego

The morning started with singing from Avril, although many of us were already awaiting the sound of her voice. Our morning routine went as normal with breakfast and then getting ourselves ready. Miss Webster gave us a lovely devotion about the great things that God can use us to do whatever the circumstances. We then set off to the Rec Centre.

We started with small groups, which got a little out of hand, but we quickly moved on to many songs with the big group. We watched many skits throughout the morning, learning about having faith in God. We then had small groups again and then morning tea.

After morning tea, we did many crafts. I lead the butterfly making table which went very well. The morning session ended with more songs as the kids left. In the afternoon we had time to come back to the sports club.

We then had to go back to do the afternoon session. I was painting emojis on kids the whole time. In the late afternoon we had lots of free time to stay in the Rec Centre until the kids came again for our games night. We relaxed by listening to music and playing different games together as well as just discussing life. The games night was very enjoyable for everyone. I lead a balancing competition. Many of the kids enjoyed the night which made the whole day worth it.

Miriam

A New Perspective on Community: Leonora Mission Trip Day 3

Day 3 saw the team begin their week-long “Mega Maker” program. For most, it was their first experience in this sort of environment and they had to learn to adapt and make things work. However, the whole team rose to the challenge to make the day a success.

Completely different from Sunday. We saw it coming but obviously not physically ready for it. I was on morning bus duty so I was the first to experience… the children.

However, It was early in the morning so it wasn’t that noisy. In fact, they were all well behaved on the bus (I was warned that they liked to jump out the windows). I’m not exaggerating when I say everyone knows where everyone lives. In terms of community, Perth falls far behind. In the gym where we were running the program, I was in a group with the Year 4/5s and all of them were really shy and quiet, which was completely opposite to the Year 6 group.

We sang, we watched a skit that wasn’t really planned out well and we did crafts, although I didn’t join since I’m terrible with art. Afterwards was the drama which went horribly. Everyone said we went great and that they didn’t notice but basically, lines were forgotten which meant a lot of awkward improvisation.

Lunch and dinner were great! What I love about this trip is that there’s always leftovers meaning I have seconds, thirds, fourth and so on. It’s pretty much an “all you can eat” meal for me. Shanae, Brody, Tim, Anandi and I kicked a small rock from the gym to the sports club building which shows how imaginative we are with entertaining ourselves.

Jason Angajaja

Monday bus duty wasn’t as hard as I expected it to be. The kids told us where to go and who to pick up. Everyone in Leonora knows everyone else and where they live. Most kids didn’t get on the morning bus because they were asleep. I was with the green group (Year 2/3s). They were the most hectic group and hardest to control. They were shy to begin with and fairly uncooperative.

After singing and the Bible skit we had morning tea and braided Irwin’s hair, but he didn’t like it so he took it out. Then we did crafts where I met a super cute kid called Phoenix and we made a ladybug at one of the craft tables.

During our second session I had fun with Dalia, Quinton, Josiah, and Laquesha and I realised that they don’t know how to share so we worked on that. We also played with some blocks and I met a 3 year old boy called Israel. In the evening sessions we watched a movie and the kids really wanted my jacket because it was pretty cold. At the end of the movie Gilleroy, who was sitting with me, woke up and we saw them off on the bus.

Praise Akinpelu

A Taste of Things to Come: Leonora Mission Trip Day 1 and 2

Leonora is a town in the Goldfields region of WA, about 830kms northeast of Perth. In 1992, Dave and Avril McLeenan established a bush mission in the town as a ministry for the local children. Rehoboth has partnered with the McLeenans for 8 years now, sending a team of Year 10 students who give up a week of their September school holidays to help run the program and get a taste of missions work in a remote community.

Stayed tuned over the next few days as we hear from the students about their experiences.

The bus trip was never ending, but when we saw the lights (light) we knew we had made it to Leonora. As soon as we had hopped off the bus, we were welcomed by some local children who outperformed us in a crazy dance battle. We then made our way to our sleeping arrangements (the golf club) and fell asleep, hopefully.

Day 2 started off with a bang. Everyone was up bright and early. We then wandered through the town to the local church. After that, we prepared for Monday’s events.

Along the way, we stumbled along the gorgeous Sharon (orangutan puppet). Sharon changed our lives for the better, and will forever be in our hearts. Sharon was promptly adopted by Shanae and Marcus and other family members, Anandi, Darcy, Elissa, and Brody. However, Sharon got a lot of hate but we taught her to overlook the haters.

That brought us to the end of Day 2. We hope to meet the kids tomorrow and have a great time with them and be reacquainted with Sharon (just to be clear, Sharon is an orangutan arm puppet).

Shanae, Anandi and Marcus

On Sunday, we first went to a very small local church, of which we were in the majority. There we led the church in worship songs with Dan leading on the guitar, myself (Brody) on the box drum and everyone else singing.

During a brief walk through Leonora to Tanky Hill, we were blessed with an amazing view of the whole town. We then went to the Recreation Centre and prepared the whole place for the arrival of all the kids tomorrow.

At first this seemed rather easy, but as the day went on, the lack of sleep from the day before caught up with us. We were extremely exhausted. Despite being drained of energy we were able to get some good work done.

We set up the backdrop for all of our plays and skits and also set up the sound gear for the mics and speakers. We also had to lay down tarps all through the squash court for all the kids’ paintings. The other squash court, however, got very untidy from all of us trying to make a massive, non-appealing Mega Maker machine. Therefore, of course we cleaned up the other court, which took a lot of effort and a lot of cooperation which was hard due to being tired and sweating in a small area.

However, this experience was great to be a part of because we were working efficiently as a group. We learned things about each other and how we can all work together to get a lot of stuff done. We hope this is foreshadowing what is to come for the rest of the week.

Brody and Chris

Year 7 Canberra Trip 2018 Day 7 – Sydney Harbour

Our time in Canberra has come to an end. It was another early start as we loaded up the bus and prepared for the 3.5 hr bus journey to Sydney. Although we didn’t have lots of time in Sydney, we did catch a glimpse of some of its colonial-era buildings and iconic Australian landmarks. Our cruise was a relaxing and enjoyable hour’s trip around the harbour, from Circular Quay to Manly, with views of Luna Park, Fort Denison, the Botanic Gardens, Taronga Zoo, the many million-dollar mansion lining the shores, Australia’s largest naval base, and more. It was a great finish to a jam-packed week.

“Today, we woke up and loaded the luggage in the bus. Then we had breakfast. After that we drove to Sydney and had lunch. We went on a ferry and saw the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Then we drove to the airport and checked our bags in” – Nerutendo Chiza

“I enjoyed the wonderful sites the Opera House, Sydney Harbour, the Bridge and Shark Island. The boat trip was very nice and we went around the whole Harbour with the boat” – Daniel Kim

“We had a very fun day on the cruise ship today. My friends and I played games on the deck like Truth or Dare. We did some sightseeing and we saw the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. My friends and I also caught a glimpse of the Sydney Zoo, the Sydney Tower and a ferris wheel” – Shevaun Krans

“We went to Sydney. We went cruising and seeing the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. We took selfies and we had lunch. We also watched Home Alone on the bus. We had lots of fun” – David Korchemkin

Despite a delay in our flight home from Sydney, the flight went very smoothly and we arrived safely in Perth to the many smiling faces of our families. Thank you, Mums and Dads, for allowing your children this incredible experience, and to the teachers and admin who made sure it all went smoothly. Students learnt so much by experiencing things first-hand as well as building closer relationships with each other and their teachers.

Year 7 Canberra Trip 2018 Day 6 – Perisher Snowfields

Snowfights

Today was the big highlight most students had been waiting for – our day in the snow at Perisher! We weren’t disappointed either, as there had been snowfall earlier in the week and it was a relatively warm day (if you can call 5° warm). After travelling nearly 3 hr to get there, our first port of call was the quadlift. This took up the mountain to the perfect spot for a snowfight. Students quickly learnt the best way to make a snowball, how to accurately throw them, and just how cold wet snow is when a pile of it is shoved down your jacket.

“Today our class went on a 3 hour trip to the snow, with a stop to hire snow gear. When we got to the Mount Kosciuszko National Park we took a ski lift to the top of the mountain where we had a snow ball fight. After the fight we took the ski lift down the mountain and had lunch, then we walked to the tobogganing hill and tobogganed. After that we went on the bus ride back to our dorms, with a stop to return the snow gear. To perfectly fnish a packed and pleasant day we had MacDonald’s for dinner” – Holly Young

“I enjoyed so many things about going to see snow. The first thing I liked was having snowball fights which were made mostly from hard and painful ice. My favourite thing was tobogganing and smashing through ice while I fell down. In conclusion, the snow day was by far the best experience I’ve had in Canberra” – Richard Cai

Tobogganing

After taking the quadlift back down the mountain for lunch, it was onto the field for tobogans. Some students weren’t quite sure what you were supposed to do, but they quickly got the hang of it. You just needed to avoid the ditch at the bottom of the slope unless you wanted to crash in spectacular fashion. Others took the opportunity to try their hand at building a snowman. With no broken bones and only ear-to-ear grins as students made their way back to the bus, we think today was a big success.

“The highlights of the second last day in Canberra were definitely playing in the snow. We had epic snow fights and made cool forts. Later on in the day we went tobogganing, which was fun and competitive at the same time” – Aimee Astell

“On 27 June we went to Perisher to go experience what snow is like. For most of us, we have never touched snow so it was very special. The first interactive thing we did was just picking up snow ad throwing it. I enjoyed it when Mr de Bruyn had a taste of snow by most of the Year 7 boys. After that we went tobogganing. Me and Isaac went on one board and kept falling off it, which was funny” – Jean-Jack Sayon

Year 7 Canberra Trip 2018 Day 5 – Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Royal Australian Mint, Embassy of Indonesia and the Australian Institute of Sport

Day 5 was one of our busiest days in Canberra, with four venues to take in. However, our fantastic bus driver also managed to squeeze in a short stop at the National Arboretum for lunch, which has some stunning views across the valley and an awesome playground where we could spend some time playing.

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

The Deep Space Complex is operated by the CSIRO on behalf of NASA. It’s nestled in a valley behind the hills to avoid interference from signals generated by the city. The complex boasts the largest communication dish in the southern hemisphere and is used in conjunction with other stations around the world. We learnt how many things we use in our daily lives were the result of breakthroughs done by NASA, such as zip lock bags (you don’t want to know what they were invented for!), and even potential cures for diseases.

“I liked the Space Centre even though it was a long drive. We had to turn our phones to airplane mode so the radio signals wouldn’t be picked up. I liked the Space Centre because we watched videos about the Rovers. The main dish is 70m wide and weighs 4,000 tonnes. At the Space Centre they ca talk to the other space craft in the atmosphere. Elon Musk made a rocket with side boosters to make it go fast. It took a few minutes for it to get into the solar system and the side boosters would automatically go to the ground at the same time and they can use it again” – Ben Randall

Royal Australian Mint

All the coins in circulation in Australia are made at the Royal Mint. The Mint itself is a factory floor with all the machinery for pressing, sorting and packing all the coins, including the 2nd biggest robot in the southern hemisphere, called “Titan” and two other robots called “Penny” and “Robbie”.

There is also a museum area where they have many rare coins on display. Some are damaged or pressed incorrectly, and others are from Australia’s convict era and are worth quite a bit, like the Holey Dollar which has the centre punched out (which is called a dump).

“The Royal Mint was amazing and I most enjoyed the robot Titan, because he was friendly and nice. We got to make $3 coins at the coin booth and also got to learn more about convicts. Overall, the Royal Mint is a great place to visit and the ideal place to put on your list” – Samantha Ng

There’s much more to our coins than we realised, making the Mint is quite a fascinating place to visit.

Embassy of Indonesia

A trip to the Indonesian Embassy is essential for our students, as they study Indonesian up to Year 9 (and as an elective after that). The Embassy looks like an imposing building, with guards and high gates, but our tour guides were very friendly and welcoming.

“On Wednesday we went to the Embassy of Indonesia. Luckily, the bus ride was not too long. When we got there, we had to climb a lot of stairs to get to the main building. Our guides where both from Indonesia. For the first half hour we all learned some really interesting things! After that, we watched a 5 min video on how Indonesia is a great tourist destination. Then we went out back to see a puppet show. There was a skinny good guy and a monster. At the end, the good guy shot the bad guy with an arrow. To finish the trip off, we saw the instruments in the puppet show orchestra” – Liam Gibbon

Students impressed our guides with their Indonesian language skills and knowledge of the culture and geography. We were then treated to a wayang kulit (shadow puppets) performance, followed by a look at some traditional Indonesian musical instrumentals like the gamelan and gongs.

Although it was a short visit, it was good for the students to see and experience some of what they’ve been learning in class.

Australian Institute of Sport

The Institute of Sport is a huge campus consisting of various sports centres, gyms, courts and stadiums. Many athletes training there live on campus. Sport and PE are favourites for many of our students, so this was a must-see tour. We were divided into two groups and shown around the campus by two athletes training at the AIS.

“I thought the AIS was amazing because I got to learn about what you do there and what it’s all about. I also loved seeing all the training centres, it was great fun. I also learnt how many times they train a year, and the games were so amazing. With swimming, where they train and there techniques are cool. It was amazing memory” – Katie Wrener

The highlight of the tour was undoubtedly Sportex, were students got to try their hand at a range of virtual and interactive sports – rowing, wheelchair racing, soccer, basketball, cycling and more.

Year 7 Canberra Trip 2018 Day 4 – Government House, CSIRO and Australian War Memorial

It was a long day in Canberra today, with an early start to arrive in time for our tour of Government House and a late finish as we stayed at War Memorial for the Last Post Ceremony. We didn’t struggle to find things to keep ourselves busy in between as we visited the CSIRO Discovery Centre and enjoyed the sunshine in the park at lunch time.

Government House

Government House is one of two official residencies of the Governor General. We learnt that the Constitution says the Governor General has to live in Government House while he or she is doing the job. We also learnt that it was originally a farmhouse with 40,000 sheep before it became the Governor General’s house.

“I think the trip to the Governor General’s house was fantastic because we got to see actual photos of the Queen. We also went to see the dining room, but unfortunately the Governor General wasn’t there because he had very important work to do. I learnt that the Governor General represents the Queen. Also, that he has to be recommended to the Queen by the Prime Minister. I also liked the house and the medals he had on display” – Asah Garea

We learnt about the four Cs that make up the Governor General’s job – Constitutional, Community, Commander in Chief, and Ceremonial. Most Governor Generals like the community part because it means they can get out and about and meet people. The strangest thing we learnt was that the Governor General isn’t allowed to drive a car – he has to be chauffeured everywhere, and always goes with a Police escort. What an interesting life!

CSIRO Discovery Centre

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is responsible for a whole bunch of innovations – WiFi, polymer banknotes, aerosol and much more. The Discovery Centre provided students with the opportunity to explore some of the areas of research CSIRO scientists are involved in.

“The CSIRO was one of the most interesting events that happened today. The main reason why is because each of us managed to learn many new and interesting things. One new thing that I learnt was that the CSIRO created WiFi, which is one of the most used things today. We played some fun games there that taught us many facts. The game involved lots of physical activity and ended with a prize. I personally enjoyed myself there and liked playing with all the interesting gadgets and exhibits. Overall, the CSIRO is really amazing and I advise you to go there and check it out yourself” – Daniel Yong

Australian War Memorial Part 2

Our second visit the War Memorial allowed students to explore the Discovery Zone, an interactive area where they can experience different aspects of war like the trenches of WWI, a Cold War-era submarine, a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter, and what the home front was like in Australia during WWII.

Following this, students explored the other galleries in groups until it was time for the Last Post Ceremony in the Commemorative Area. During the ceremony, we got to hear the story behind one of the names on the Roll of Honour and two of our students were selected to lay a wreath on behalf of Rehoboth during this special ceremony.

“On 25 June we went to the War Memorial. In my opinion, the War Memorial is really fun and you can learn so many cool things there. One of the places we went to is the Afghanistan section. We watched a half an hour video of the Afghanistan War and it was really cool to watch. In the video, there were people talking and they were fighting in the War. We also heard some stories and one of them was when a young child was sleeping and he got shot during his sleep. Another place we went to was the Discovery Zone. In the Discovery Zone, we got to go into a helicopter, a submarine and in a trench and they were all really fun. There were so many fun things to do. In the helicopter, there were buttons and little levers and they made the whole thing seem even better. In the submarine, we got to lie in the beds and steer the submarine. There were also little compartments that the people used to put all of there things and there was another compartment that had this disgusting stinking smell, which is what the submarine would smell like. In the trench, we got to see trench foot and it was so yucky. My Dad and I also found a relative of ours on the wall. We bought a poppy and placed it on the Roll of Honour next to his name. Another thing that was very fun was the gift shop. In the gift shop there were so many cool things to buy, and I bought a keyring. All in all, the War Memorial was really fun and we had a great time” – Aliza Merlo

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