On the 26th November it was the 5/6 camp. We had to get to school by 7:00am so we could put the luggage on the bus to leave our school by 7:30am. When I arrived, I put my luggage on the bus and had my name ticked off. We boarded the bus and waved good-bye to everyone. I sat next to Amelia from Jude’s class.
The bus trip to Canberra was going to be long. We were told that we would stop in some country towns on the way. The first place was Euroa to have morning tea. After we had our morning tea we got back on the bus and were off to our next stop – Holbrook. I read until we got to Holbrook for lunch. The day was getting hotter so we did not stay very long. While we were at Holbrook we saw a huge submarine which we could climb on.
We got back on the bus and watched Kung Fu Panda 2. After the movie had finished we arrived at our last stop – Gundagai for afternoon tea. We got to see the ‘dog on the tucker box’ – a famous landmark. After we had a nice rest we got back on the bus and before we knew it we had arrived at Canberra.
The place we stayed at was called the Green Hills Conference centre. We unpacked everything from the bus and then got sorted into our rooms. I was in 7b with: Zoe, Kaitlin, Eden and Isabel. After we had finished unpacking everything we had dinner. For dinner we had chicken schnitzel and vegetables then for sweets we had cheese cake. After dinner we had a play until it was dark.
We woke up at 7:00am, got dressed and had breakfast – Rice Bubbles. After breakfast we got on the bus to go to Parliament House. When we got to Parliament House we went to the House of Representatives and were shown where everyone sits. After that we got to do some role-play.
After lunch, we then went to the CSIRO which stands for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. We watched a 3d movie and also did some experiments. After our visit to the CSIRO we went to the Australian Institute of Sport to play different sports.
We arrived back at Green Hills and had dinner: hamburgers and chips. After dinner we got into our bathers because we were going to go swimming at the AIS. I was really excited because I love swimming. We got swimming caps that said “I swam at the AIS”. We got ready to go in the pool but first we went over the rules to make sure everyone was safe. Swimming at the AIS was one of my favourite things that we did. It was time to go, we got dressed, hopped back on the bus and went to sleep as soon as we arrived at Green Hills.
The next day we woke up at 7:00am and had breakfast. Today we were going to the Museum of Australian Democracy which use to be Parliament House. It was fun visiting old Parliament House as we were able to do some more role-play. After that we went to the Electrol Education Centre were we were able to experience what voting was like.
We had our lunches and then visited Mt.Ainsle – which is a big mountain in Canberra. We then went to the Australian War Memorial where we saw the unknown solder’s grave. We also got to see the closing ceremony – this is a ceremony included a bagpiper. I thought that the bagpipes were really moving.
After our visit to the Australian War Memorial, we arrived back at Green Hills and had dinner – pasta. After dinner we went to Black Mt. Tower, it was getting dark but not too dark to see the views of Canberra. We also got to see a short movie on how the tower was made. After we had finished looking at the tower we went back to Green Hills.
The next day we did what we usually did – got dressed and had breakfast! We got on the bus and went to look at the 78 embassies. My favourite was the Egyptian embassy because it had two sphinxes. We then went to the National Museum of Australia were we had to take a picture of something and then tell a story about it. I took a picture of a tin – similar to a bucket. We then watched a short movie about the Museum’s collection. The chairs we were sitting in moved – it was like a revolving stage. It was quite fun.
After our visit to the Museum, we then went to the National Film and Sound Archive. We got to see many different films, including films in black and white and films that had no sound – we were told that these pictures were called ‘silent films’.
We then went to Questicon – similar to Scienceworks but much, much better. We got to experience a real earthquake and control a robot. Back to Green Hills for dinner – this time it was sausages, not my favourite. After dinner we had a disco which was really fun. When the Disco ended everyone was really tired so we went straight to bed.
The next day we had to wake up really early and had breakfast then go on the bus. We visited the same spots as we did on the way to Canberra.
I had a great time at Canberra my favourite thing was swimming at the AIS. I can’t believe we did so many activities during our stay. No wonder I was tired when I got home on Friday. I went to bed at about 10.00pm and did not wake up until 11.00 the next day!!!!