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July 14, 2024

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Two buses, 93 kids and an 18- hour drive were just the beginning of a wild week away as the kids from The Pocket, Coorabell, Goonengerry, Main Arm and Durrumbul went for a trip they will never forget.

It was a visit to Parliament House and Questicon, and a chance to frolic in the snow!

‘For most of the children they were seeing snow for the first time and they were screaming with excitement,’ Durrumbul primary school teacher, Mr Durkin said.

Every two years, the Valley of Small Schools (VOSS) come together and take their students on a mammoth trip via Canberra to the snow.

‘It was really amazing to see new friendships formed within the valley of the small schools and to see their confidence and ability grow on the trip in such a small space of time,’ continued Mr Durkin.

Questicon, the national science and technology centre, provided a chance to get ‘hands on’ in science while Parliament House and the War Memorial highlighted to students ‘why we live in such a beautiful, free country,’ said Mr Durkin. ‘It was an awesome experience, one I will remember for the rest of my life,’ concluded 12-year-old Kane from Durrumbul.


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