Here is everything you need to know about our excursion to the National Arborteum.
Where and what
National Arboretum! We will play in the fabulous acorn playground, enjoy morning tea overlooking amazing views of Canberra’s natural landscapes, take a delightful guided preschool tour of the trees – looking for birds, nests, spiders, insects, and other fascinating things – before heading back inside to be enchanted by a story told in the bonsai garden.
Date as per our email sent to families.
Timings and Transport
Families arrange their own transport to drop off children at the Arboretum. Click for directions.
Please bring your child and their bag to the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion at 9:15am. This is the building that looks like the mini Sydney Opera House, further along the road from the Village Centre dome shaped building next to the acorn playground.
One of the teachers will welcome you there, you can sign in and be given your child’s red sun hat. If you are running late, please ring the GAP mobile on 0422 525 646.
The staff and children will return to the GAP by ACTION bus. We will depart the Arboretum on an ACTION Bus at 1 pm from the bus stop right outside the Village Centre. The bus will drop us off outside the GAP. We resume our normal program there.
As usual with public buses, there are no seat belts and children are required to remain seated while the bus is moving.
Pick up is at 3:30 at the GAP, as usual. (Or 5pm if your child normally stays for dance class that day.)
Your term fee covers your excursion fee, including entry and transport. The cost of the excursion is added to your statement on the day of the excursion.
What to Bring
Please pack all your child’s belongings in one backpack or bag (clearly labeled with their name) that he/she can carry home on the bus by himself/herself. Please pack a morning tea and a separate lunch, which can easily be eaten as a picnic at the arboretum. Please keep in mind that we won’t have access to a refrigerator while on the excursion. It can be windy (and cold in winter) at the top of the hill at the arboretum, so dress appropriately. Jackets are almost always needed.
Accompanying staff and volunteers
There will be three or more GAP teachers/director supervising this excursion.
Parent volunteers are needed. Siblings are allowed on this excursion with their volunteer parent, as long as we maintain our proper supervision ratio.
We will maintain a 4:1 ratio of children:adults for this excursion. (A class of 22 children requires 6 adults.)
Please sign the Excursion Authorisation Signature Sheet when you drop off your child on the day of the excursion.
If we are running late returning to GAP, we will ring the Playschool management to let them know. In the highly unlikely event the bus has a break-down which would cause us to arrive at GAP after pick up time, the Playschool will notify parents directly.
We are looking forward to an exciting excursion!