Colo­nial Day at Mid­dle Du­ral

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - News - Prin­ci­pal Ann Mills Emilia and Olivia

To kick off its 125th birth­day Mid­dle Du­ral Public School cel­e­brated with a Colo­nial Day on Tues­day March 8.

Chil­dren and school staff were dressed in pe­riod cos­tume for the day and were joined by fel­low small school Hill­top PS.

A pro­fes­sional troup, The Jour­ney­men, spent the whole day at the school pre­sent­ing three ed­u­ca­tional shows.

The first show “The Voyage” told the story of pioneers trav­el­ling to Aus­tralia and the hard­ships faced by crew­men, pas­sen­gers and con­victs. Chil­dren were en­cour­aged to join in the singing and games from the 1800’s.

Show 2 “Lags, Lambs and Lar­rikins” con­tin­ued on from the voyage, telling of the growth of New South Wales from the first tiny set­tle­ment on the shores of Syd­ney Cove through to the days of the gold rush and bush rangers.

The fi­nal show “The Colo­nial Bush Dance” in­tro­duced some of the dances and mu­si­cal in­stru­ments that were pop­u­lar. The chil­dren not only learnt the dances but also the so­cial im­por­tance of dances to the bush. Bathurst and Hill End Camp

Years five and six at Mid­dle Du­ral PS were joined by their friends from Hill­side PS and Ar­ca­dia PS in mid March for a three dy camp at Bathurst and Hill End.

To break the trip, a stop was made at Scenic World Ka­toomba for rides on the scenic rail­way and ca­ble car. Her­itage Park at Bathurst was the base for both nights with a bush dance and a trivia night or­gan­ised by park staff. Her­itage Park is the home of the Sheep and Cat­tle Drome fea­tur­ing a range of an­i­mal ac­tivites The high­light of the camp was a visit to Hill End Ranch where the stu­dents took part in ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams in­clud­ing a trea­sure hunt and gold pan­ning. The trip back in­cluded a stop at Mt Piper Power sta­tion where the stu­dents toured the power sta­tion and learnt about elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion.

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