On 26 - 28 July our Year 5 students ventured to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat for a 3 day overnight Camp. The stayed onsite at Sovereign Hill enjoying the cultural experiences of life in the Goldfields.
Our student were immersed in a range of historical activities which connected to their inquiry learning in History with a focus on the 1850’s gold rush heritage and the environment. They experienced gold pouring, underground mining, panning for gold, blacksmithing and confectionary making.
The students participated in the Costume School and were in the charge of ‘Ma’am’ who was very strict, and the embodiment of 1850’s Victorian authority.
They experienced colonial school life in St Alipius Diggings School and were able to role play being a child of the 1850s on the goldfields, abiding by the behavioural expectations and the distinct social norms of the times.
It was a great experience for our staff and students and they were all very appreciative that we live in these modern times.