Year 5 Parliament House and Old Melbourne Gaol Visit As part of the Year 5 Inquiry Unit in Term 4, our classes recently visited Parliament House and the Old Melbourne Gaol. The children took part in tours conducted by experienced tour guides. At parliament, the children were encouraged to participate in role plays which teach how the Parliament of Victoria: makes laws provides representative democracy for Victorians has a rich and colourful history The Old Magistrates Court sits on the original Supreme Court of Victoria where Ned Kelly was found guilty of murder by Sir Redmond Barry in 1880. This significant heritage building offers students an engaging and revealing insight into past and contemporary legal process. The children participate and run their own courtroom drama of 'The Kelly's v The Court' case. They then follow the fate of Ned Kelly to the Old Melbourne Gaol and the gallows where he
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Victorian Space Science Education Centre Last week, all Year 5 classes visited the VSSEC at Strathmore Secondary College to take part in ‘An Expedition to MARS’ and a ‘Tickle my Droid’ programming session. Two workshops simulated a research station on the planet Mars and Mission Control. The students and staff were fitted out with flight suits on arrival. As astronauts they completed hands-on science experiments and communicated their results to Mission Control using sophisticated computer technology. Excitement was heightened when a mission-ending problem arose! Students also participated in sessions covering programming and coding, learning to control SPHERO SPKR robots on Mars. The students and staff thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Victorian Space Science Education Centre. We would like to thank the parents who accompanied the groups. Without their contribution, excursions such as these, would not be possible. Year 5 Team.