Bottle Tree Bulletin Bottle Tree Bulletin - September 2018

the bottle the bottle tree tree BULLETIN BULLETIN MARANOA REGION COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER September 2018 | Issue 96 In this month’s edition… Billa Bandits take on Human Powered Vehicle race Surat Family Fun Day raises money for The Smith Family Mitchell netballers take the court in Emerald Wallumbilla students get taste of life in Sydney and Canberra After a four year wait, a great deal of preparation and lots of fundraising, 45 Wallumbilla Junior Secondary students set out this month on the 2018 Sydney-Canberra Tour – and what a trip it was! It all began with students waking up after the long-haul overnight bus trip to Sydney to take in the sights of Sydney Harbour and the ferry to Taronga Zoo, before continuing by bus to our National Capital. In Canberra, Mrs Graham, Mrs York, Ms Howland, Ms Cook and Mr Judd had the great pleasure of supervising a wonderful group of students through visits to both Old and New Parliament House, where they learned about and practiced participating directly in Australian democracy. Other great venues visited included the Australian National Gallery, Museum, CSIRO, the AIS, the Mint, Questacon and the Australian War Memorial, where staff and students participated in a very moving Last Post Ceremony. There was plenty of learning and a bit of plain fun too with real highlights including ten pin bowling and bus driver Joe’s endless The crew from Wallumbilla braving a blizzard to try tobogganing and snowball fights in the snow. jokes. Most exciting, was the children’s trip to the snow. It was touch-and-go as to whether or not they would make it due to a severe weather warning and a blizzard! It made for an amazing snow experience though including some wonderful tobogganing and a few ripper snowball fights. All survived (even if a little injured) and have the beanie and pictures to prove it. The students displayed maturity and responsibility with many of the venues visited praising them for their behaviour. From the teachers’ perspective special recognition goes to all the students who attended as they made the trip a genuine pleasure and reaffirmed our belief that Wallumbilla students really are outstanding young people. Students and supervising teachers who attended would like to thank the P & C, Joe and Jeff from Kangaroo Bus Lines, the many venues visited and the Federal Government for providing PACER funding to keep the cost of this invaluable experience down. Wallumbilla Junior Secondary students at Parliament House in Canberra. 1