Classes 3 and 6 took a trip back in time on their visit to Dorroughby Education Centre. The staff there shared their knowledge of the Big Scrub rainforest of this region and the useful plants that can be found in it, such as the ‘Red Gold’ that was harvested in the 1800’s. We looked at an old crosscut saw and saw photos of the Cedar getters – it was a hard life back then.
One of the highlights of the day was an experience of life in an 1800’s schoolhouse. The children lined up and presented their hands for inspection by their ‘teacher’ then marched into the schoolhouse to practice copperplate writing on slates. They recited some proverbs, dressed up in old fashioned clothing, stitched a sampler, and practiced adding pounds, shilling and pence. Our teacher, ‘Ma’am’ was very strict but fortunately no one got the cane on the day.
In the afternoon Class 6 learned about the formation of rocks and minerals whilst Class Three made damper scones and helped to churn butter. There was enough for everyone to have afternoon tea followed by a few old fashioned relay games altogether.
It was a a beautiful sunny day and the children thoroughly enjoyed chatting and playing with their buddies and classmates.