In Week 10 of Term 2, the Year 10 Humanities Tour group set off for eight days of adventure on the east coast, managing to pack in experiences that linked to all four facets of the Humanities curriculum.
Sydney proved extremely popular with the iconic Harbour Bridge providing us with a brisk evening walk as well as multiple photo opportunities.
We enjoyed mass at St Patrick’s in the Rocks, a church built in the 1840’s on land bequeathed by William Davis who had obtained land in the Rocks in 1809 and whose home became a centre of Catholic prayer years before there was a resident priest in Sydney.
After mass, the history of the Rocks became even more real with a guided tour through the area. The students’ engagement and pleasant manner was commended by the guide, who took the trouble to contact the Tour company to tell them what a pleasure it had been. It was the first commendation of many that students received on the tour. As staff, we cannot fault their behaviour or enthusiasm despite their busy days.
The snow and the mountain ranges were another highlight. From the Blue mountains, we traveled to Canberra where we spent three days experiencing the delights of the capital. The most popular visits here were to the Governor General’s house and to Old Parliament House where the Civics and Citizenship the students have learned this year was brought to life.
A much quieter group returned to Perth, exhausted but rich with experiences.