Year 6 students from Kowanyama State School arrived safely yesterday afternoon and are now on a trip of a lifetime. As part of our 30 year anniversary we are taking 30 students from a remote Indigenous school in Far Nth Queensland to Canberra, as part of their first foray into the study of Civics and Citizenship.
Kowanyama is a school that values culture and takes every opportunity to integrate community events into their school. Temperatures at Kowanyama never drop below 20 degrees Celsius – all year round! During the wet season it is cut off for at least 5 months of the year, when fruit and vegetables are flown in by plane, and all bulky mail items have to wait in Cairns until the roads open. So needless to say, the cooler weather in Canberra currently, let alone the snow fields at Perisher are alone going to be an amazing experience for the students.
Their itinerary includes travelling down to Canberra, meeting new Indigenous Minster Ken Wyatt and we are currently liaising with the Prime Minister for him to meet them as well whilst at Parliament House. We have scheduled a range of planned activities including: guided tours at the National Capital Exhibition, the Royal Australian Mint, the Australian Electoral Education Centre and the Museum of Australian Democracy.
Sure to be a crowd pleaser is the tour of Canberra Reptile Zoo and a day trip down to the ski fields at Perisher. A first for all students!
Our goal is to provide an inspirational and memorable school excursion for these students. They will see how they are part of something bigger and that people in Parliament care about them. It may even inspire some career options in law, media, arts, politics and sports – who knows, the imagination of a child is boundless!
Did you know?
Kowanyama is called the place of many waters as it is surrounded by many rivers and waterways. Ones that are full of crocodiles, Barramundi and Mud Crabs. The students love fishing and spending time on their country in the dry season.
Please join us in welcoming these students and in wishing them luck in their journey down to Canberra and all that is has to offer.