Budding historians visit Beechworth
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.