Stu­dent snap­shot of Rochy’s his­tory

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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.’’

Photo:Rusty Woodger

Rochester Sec­ondary Col­lege year 9 stu­dents Kristen Moroney (left) and Stephanie Crouch work­ing on the his­tor­i­cal news­pa­per based around old Rochester iden­ti­ties.

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