We had a fantastic time at our overnight camp to…
Sovereign Hill, located in Ballarat, is often described as an ‘outdoor museum’, because it is like stepping back in time to the 1850s. Sovereign Hill re-creates Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851 when thousands of international adventurers rushed to the Australian goldfields in search of fortune.
We saw and learnt so much at Sovereign Hill. We all participated in a 50 minute education session, where we learnt what life was like for men, women and children in the 1850s. We discovered the vast differences between how they lived back then, compared to how we live now. Some students dressed up in the old fashioned clothing, and we learnt the etiquette for behaviour in the 1850s. Students also learnt what school life was like, and they practised writing with pens and inkwells. It was so interesting to hear about a variety of aspects of daily life in the nineteenth century.
Other highlights of our Sovereign Hill camp included…
- Panning for gold at the Diggings
- Watching a $170,000 gold ingot being poured at the Gold Smelting Works
- Travelling underground at the Red Hill Mine
- Watching a sweet making demonstration
- Touring the goldfields cottages
- Watching redcoat soldier demonstrations
- Observing how a wheel is made
- Watching the spectacular ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ sound and light show
- Exploring the shops along Main Street
- Sleeping in the Southern Barracks rooms at the Sovereign Hill hotel
- Eating meals at the New York Bakery and Sovereign Hill Cafe
- The beautiful weather!
After a very busy and enjoyable visit to Sovereign Hill, it was a (mostly) sleepy trip home on the bus!
The slideshow below features a selection of photos from our Sovereign Hill camp. Enjoy!
Miss Jordan, Mrs Kebbell and Mr Burdess were very impressed with the excellent behaviour and engagement demonstrated by the grade three students. We would also like to say a BIG thank you to our helpers, Mr Haslam, Miss Ball, Cathy and Glen.
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The grade three students had a fantastic time on camp!
Coastal Forest Lodge is a great venue in Anglesea and we participated in lots of fun activities and experiences during our three day camp.
It was an action packed three days and the smiles on all of the students’ faces throughout the activities was evidence of the fun they were having!
The highlights of grade three camp included…
- Cooking damper with Mr Haslam
- Ropes course with Colin
- Archery and mini golf with Miss Jordan
- Hut building with Mr Burdess
- Nature art with Mrs Kebbell
- Initiatives with Miss Merrett
- Bush dance
- The Eagle Nest Walk
- Night walk
- Feeding horses, donkeys and cows
- Mr Roskosch and Ms Booth visiting
- Doing breakfast, lunch and dinner duty
- Playing basketball, volleyball, soccer and footy
- The recreation room
- Sleeping in cabins with friends
- Delicious meals
Miss Jordan took lots of photos on camp! Below is a selection of images from each day. Enjoy!
It was fantastic to see the grade three students display excellent behaviour for the entire camp. All students approached the new experiences with a positive and resilient attitude, as well as a keen desire to learn and succeed. Students also showed great teamwork by collaborating, helping each other out and building on their friendships. What an amazing group of students!
Miss Jordan and the other grade three teachers are VERY proud of the campers! It was a pleasure spending time with them all and we hope they made some wonderful memories to reflect upon!
A very big thank you to our wonderful camp helpers…Mr Haslam, Miss Merrett and Colin.
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