In Week 5, 118 Year 5 students set off for an adventure to Bathurst, to coincide with our study of life in the 1800-1900's in Australia. We visited Scenic World where we rode the steepest railway in the world and saw the dinosaur exhibition. We had a short stop at Hartly Village before arriving at Heritage Park in Bathurst. We were lucky enough to have local Aboriginal Elders tell us some stories around the campfire before heading to bed.
On day two, we were up to early to visit History Hill, an amazing museum full of artifacts from the gold rush in Bathurst. We went in a gold mine, saw how a stamper battery worked and visited a cemetery. The highlight was when we went gold panning, and some of the students even found real gold that they got to keep. In the night time we had a bush dance.
On our final day at camp, we went to the sheep and cattle drome where we learnt about many different types of farm animals. We also got to go in the petting farm and see lots of animals up close and personal.
It was a great experience and many lifetime memories were created. Thank you to the wonderful teachers for giving us this amazing opportunity.