The Year 5 HASS unit this term saw them heading back to the 1850’s to explore the Gold Rush. This inspired an excursion that allowed them to bring what they had studied and learned in class, to life. This week, our Year 5 students and teachers headed up the highway to Eureka Excursions, Beenleigh, for a fun-filled day of interactive learning.
As soon as they stepped off the bus, they witnessed a battle between a bush-ranger and goldfield workers unfold in front of them. Once it was safe, they made their way up to town where their fun-filled day was just beginning. Students spent the day rotating through various activities. They worked in teams to build tents out of sticks, two pieces of rope and a sheet. For some students it was pretty clear they were going to struggle with life on the goldfields, as they attempted to ‘haggle’ to purchase everything they needed to survive. Once they had their items, they headed up the town to learn how to search for gold. Using pans and cradles they searched the ground for gold, small or big they were looking to strike rich!
After some yummy damper for lunch, the most exciting part of the day began. They headed down to the claims office where they purchased their license that permitted them to search for gold. Once they all had their licence, the search was on! Students searched high and low for any gold they could find. Once they had their piece of gold they visited the claims office to trade their gold for pounds. Students haggled with teachers for the amount they thought their gold was worth. If they were too greedy on the price, they were thrown into jail!
Fun is definitely an understatement for this wonderful day. A big thank you to our staff and volunteers who helped organise and supervise this unique experience that we are sure our students will remember for a very long time.