Colonial Day at Middle Dural
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.