Last Wednesday forty very excited Year 5 students from Narre Warren South and Officer Campuses headed off to Sovereign Hill for three days.
This year was our first time in the costume school, where students and teachers dressed in the clothes form the 1850’s. Two days were spent going to a school which was set up and worked like a school from that period.
Ms Janet Robertson
Year 5 Teacher
Sovereign Hill Reflections:
“My favourite thing was to write in ink using a fountain pen. Even though it was hard for me, I found that with more practise it got easier and was a fun thing to do.” Heavenly
“One thing I liked about the camp was going to the costume school. The teachers there were funny and I really liked to hang out with my friends. I also thought that the amount and size of the gold found at Ballarat was very interesting.” Junior
“One thing that I learned on the Year 5 Sovereign Hill camp was how to write with an inkwell pen. I found the history of gold mining in Ballarat very interesting.” James
"My highlight of Sovereign Hill was going to school. We sat at olden day seats and for homework, we had to recite our alphabet backwards. We had a silly doctor come and fix our problems. He told me to put rotten apple cores on my eyes. Everything was AMAZING at Sovereign Hill." Lauren
"My favourite part of Sovereign Hill was going to school! I know that sounds weird for a kid to say, but our teacher/ma’am was nice and caring, our homework was fun and most of all we got to write with ink!
This REALLY silly doctor came to our school and apparently we’ve all got nits! He said that we had to shave our clothes and burn our hair! But then he realised he said it the wrong way and changed it to “shaving our heads and burning our clothes. That makes more sense doesn’t it?"
I had lots of fun and I would like to thank all of the teachers for taking us there and most of all I would like to thank sovereign hill for letting us stay!" Madison
“At camp, I learned that all schools had harsh conditions for naughty and late people. On the first day of school, the teacher even gave us homework of learning the alphabet backwards!
However, the best thing about camp was writing in ink using a fountain pen.” Sanjeevanjot
“I found the most challenging thing at Sovereign Hill was to get the coin out of the machine that made an imprint on the coin! It was SO hard!” Connor
“I found the Year 5 Sovereign Hill camp very challenging as we had to learn the alphabet backwards. It was so hard!” Sienna
"I really liked the gold museum because it was filled with interesting things from the 1800s." Jean-Pierre
"My favourite part of camp was on Friday. I got to hold a piece of gold on my birthday, and the cool thing is they didn’t even know it was my birthday. My next favourite thing was when we went shopping I bought so many lollies and I bought a necklace for only 10 dollars. It was actually real gold and so cheap!" Caleb
"I really liked the Aura light show and I really like panning for gold. Even though I didn't find any Gold I still liked the experience." Anesu
“One thing that I learned on the Year 5 Sovereign Hill camp was about two brothers, who were Chinese miners, that came to Australia to find gold. I also found that learning our alphabet backwards was very challenging, especially in one evening!” Natoli
“On the Year 5 Sovereign Hill camp, I found out how an 1850’s pen worked and how the discipline and manners were very strict. The old lollies looked odd but felt like fireworks in my mouth. I even learned the history of the clothing that they wore and how to pan for gold. The Chinese miners were also fascinating.” Eden
“The most challenging part of the Year 5 Sovereign Hill camp was being at school. We had to learn our sixteen times tables and write in ink. Even though writing with ink was hard, it was really fun and exciting.” Shanel
"The reason I liked Sovereign Hill was the blacksmith when he made pure gold and it cost 24K and he was a little funny." Kena
"At Sovereign Hill, one of the most fun things I did was the light show, not only was there smoke and fire effects but I learnt that miners who disobeyed the troopers in the gold rush made a flag called the Eureka Flag that has five stars from the Southern Cross." Parsa
"My favourite part of year 5 camp to Sovereign Hill was the aura light Show! All the lights flashing on and off and all the fire was so cool. I wish we could have stayed longer but I’m glad to be out of the freezing cool." Dannica
“I loved Ballarat. It was so amazing! The best thing that I loved was panning for gold! It was so cool that my mind thought that I was going to get the biggest nugget. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a single thing. However, I felt like I was on top of the world and I knew that I would have the time of my life. So that’s why I love Ballarat.” Aadesh
"At Sovereign Hill, I enjoyed the costume school and the Aura light show. I also enjoyed the tours like the Red Hill mine and the secret chamber. The one thing that I really liked was the activities like the gold museum, panning for gold, the cabins and finally the food" :) Daniel
My favourite part of Sovereign Hill was the gold panning. I found a fleck of GOLD!!!! I also loved the Aura Light Show. It was a spectacular experience! Kenna
"I loved Ballarat because we got to go gold panning and I actually found a tiny little speck of gold. I also liked the light show and when we went to the gold museum. We also got to go to school in the 1850s and dress up as a real person in the 1850’s. We also had to sleep in cabins." Wade
“One thing that I learnt on the Year 5 Sovereign Hill camp was that back in the 1850s, you had to respect the teachers or you will get the cane!” Darara
“On camp, I learned more about manners from the Ma’am at the school. However, the most interesting thing about the camp was watching the lollies being made. I saw colours being mixed and stretched!” Liam
“The most challenging thing about camp was trying to say ‘Yes, Ma’am’ after every single sentence, and not to talk when working in the classroom.” Jayden
"I learnt at camp that you had to call the teacher's ma'am or sir. I found it interesting at camp that no one broke character. They stayed in the roles they were given. The best thing about camp was the Aura light show." Amelia