To coincide with Term 1's Living Learning Teens course, Introduction to Australian Politics, we've made group bookings to visit a number of relevant Canberra icons.
Booking as a group allows us access to programs specifically for, and only available to, school and student groups.
We've got amazing sessions booked at the National Electoral Education Centre (which is not open to the public at all, only to pre-booked student groups!), the National Museum of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, and, of course, Parliament House!
There will not be group transport or accomodation organised, but we'll let you know where we're staying (currently likely split between the YHA and camping at the Showground), and you're more than welcome to make your own booking and join us there! Likewise, feel free to organise your own shared transport/car pooling. (Should everyone be willing I will share contact details (names and email address) among the group to facilitate this.)
Numbers in each program/tour are strictly limited, and priority will be given to Living Learning Teens: Introduction to Australian Government course members.
Similarly, venues have been advised to anticipate a range of student ages, and programs will be tailored to be suitable for high school students, Years 7-10. Some programs may be able to accomodate a limited number of interested siblings outside this range, but high school students will receive booking priority.
Families of students involved in sessions are encouraged to explore the venue or area independently whilst the program runs.
A small number of parents may be able to attend some programs, but in many cases, the number of supervising adults attending the student programs or tours is strictly limited by the venue. Please let us know on the form below if you would like to attend, for example to assist a student with special needs.
You can find more information about each of these venues and the programs we have booked below (note: many of these programs will also be tailored somewhat to specifically suit our final group):
The 'Senate' program at the National Electoral Education Centre:https://education.aec.gov.au/visit-us/
'We Will Remember Them' at the Australian War Memorial:https://www.awm.gov.au/visit/schools/programs
Parliamentary Education Office Parliament House Program:https://www.peo.gov.au/programs/parliament-house-program.html
Parliament House School Tour:https://www.aph.gov.au/Visit_Parliament/Tours/School_Tours
'Making a Nation' and 'Talking Points' programs at the National Museum of Australia:http://www.nma.gov.au/learn/school-programs/museum-guided
Obviously the majority of our programs deal with government in Australia, with the exception of 'Talking Points' at the NMoA (this covers the investigative part of the high school History curriculum, and looked too relevant and interesting to pass up!) and the program at the War Memorial (which is required for the PACER rebate, as below, and sounds fascinating in and of itself!).
And while Old Parliament House (and the Museum of Democracy and National Portrait Gallery within) were unfortunately already booked out for school sessions at the time of organising this trip, we still plan to visit them in a more informal capacity. Excellent information about activities for families; tour apps; and fascinating resources and background information can be found on their websites:https://www.moadoph.gov.au(MoD also has excellent onsite activities for younger children, more info here: https://www.moadoph.gov.au/learning/families/)https://www.portrait.gov.au
PLEASE NOTE: Our sessions in Canberra run over three days. Bookings will be taken for EACH DAY.
Your confirmed booking will ensure you a place in ALL sessions or programs on the day booked.
To ensure our sanity, bookings will ONLY be taken for whole day/s. Thank you for your understanding.
Now, let me know what days you'll be joining us for and book using the form below, and let the fun begin!
If you are registered homeschoolers, have enrolled in Living Learning Teens Australian Government (or are studying civics and citizenship yourself at the time of the Canberra trip), and book for all three days of the trip, below, you should be eligible.
More information is available on their website: http://www.pacer.org.au/frequently-asked-questions/
I am happy to make a group application for the rebate, should there be enough interest.
1pm - 3pm National Museum of Australia 'Making a Senate' program, $7 per student
(Afternoon - time to explore Canberra's other attractions by yourself or arrange to meet like minded members of the group!)
7pm - Proposed get to know everyone group dinner/picnic, venue tba
11am - 12pm Australian War Memorial 'We Will Remember Them' program, $5.50 per student
2pm - (proposed) Meet at Old Parliament House for unstructured, informal exploration of the Museum of Democracy and The National Portrait Gallery.
10am - 11am Parliamentary Education Office's Parliament House Program, free
11am - 12pm Parliament House - School Tour, free
1pm - 2pm National Museum of Australia 'Talking Points' program, $5 per student
3pm - 4pm NEEC 'Senate' session, free