October 30th, 2018
On a warm Tuesday morning Year 4 set off on a 2 hour bus ride to explore the living museum of Sovereign Hill. Four activities were planned over the day: an underground mine tour which included a plunge into pitch darkness and a story about the two Chinese mining brothers; an information session about candle making including plenty of purchases in the candle store; experiencing an industrial forger smelting a 3kg bar of gold; and an Education session where the students learned what life was like in 1850’s Ballarat.
In between the planned activities, the students walked the streets of Sovereign Hill exploring vegetable gardens both English and Chinese, orchards and animal enclosures. They peered through canvas Gold Commissioner tents, pretended to be Chinese shopkeepers, and learned correct gold panning techniques.
The end of the day was for shopping which was carried out with great enthusiasm by everyone, including the teachers, and made for a chatty ride all the way home!