Student snapshot of Rochy’s history
OLD Rochester identities were the focus of an historical newspaper penned by students at Rochester Secondary College recently.
The year nine English class finished the 11-page Rochester Express several weeks ago, with stories ranging from Military Cross recipient Sir Eugene Gorman to major events including the Rochester Show and issues such as the need for a fire station in 1885.
Teacher Peter MacIver said the idea originated after the class read Market Blues, which told the story of a young man who had time travelled back to Melbourne around 1900.
‘‘Rather than doing conventional tasks around this novel, I thought it would be fun to do a bit of time travelling ourselves,’’ he said.
‘‘Using TROVE I gathered material about various Rochester identities, and putting the students into pairs, gave them each four writing tasks relating to each person.
‘‘The tasks varied, but could have been a news story, editorial, an opinion piece, letter to the editor, cartoon, obituary, advertisement or sports story.
‘‘The idea was that we would have most, if not all, of the elements of a newspaper.’’
Much of the material was sourced from the Rochester Express, Riverine Herald and Bendigo Advertiser.
‘‘This all worked quite well and the students rattled through the tasks,’’ Mr MacIver said.
‘‘Whilst I did tidy up some of the spelling and sentences, I think the kids did a fantastic job.’’
Rochester Secondary College year 9 students Kristen Moroney (left) and Stephanie Crouch working on the historical newspaper based around old Rochester identities.