Bud­ding his­to­ri­ans visit Beech­worth

Mansfield Courier - - YOUTH NEWS & VIEWS -

THIS term Mans­field Pri­mary School 3/4 units have been trans­formed into bud­ding his­to­ri­ans, look­ing at lo­cal his­tory, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on bushranger­s.

Stu­dents were then given the op­por­tu­nity to take charge and de­cide how they would present what they learned about bushranger­s, and dur­ing ed­u­ca­tion week the rooms were filled with dio­ra­mas, posters and even a life size model of Ned Kelly’s ar­mour.

Af­ter shar­ing their var­ied projects with the wider school com­mu­nity, all five classes took an ex­cur­sion to Beech­worth where they delved fur­ther into the re­gion’s his­tory and learned more about the Kelly Gang.

In Beech­worth the stu­dents ex­plored the Burke Mu­seum, the Kelly Vault, the Tele­graph Sta­tion and the Beech­worth Court­house.

At the court­house stu­dents were given the op­por­tu­nity to step into roles and star in a re-en­act­ment of Ned Kelly’s trial, which was

held in the Beech­worth Court­house af­ter the po­lice shoot­ing at Stringy Bark Creek in 1880.

“Beech­worth was re­ally fun and it taught me a lot about his­tory,” grade 4 stu­dent Josh Brack­man said.

“Get­ting to play a role in the trial re-en­act­ment was awe­some.”

All the stu­dents came away from the ex­pe­ri­ence with a greater un­der­stand­ing of our lo­cal his­tory, in­spired, happy and a lit­tle tired af­ter three hours on the bus.

JUDGE: Ethan Visser en­joyed role-play­ing a judge dur­ing their re-en­act­ment of Ned Kelly’s trial.

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