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Restoration works

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The museum has a new ‘old’ look with all of the building’s interiors and exteriors freshly painted. The NSW Department of Education, who owns the buildings, took the opportunity in the recent closure to repair and restore. We paint-scraped each interior to find the original colours and repainted those. We found the original decorative and […]

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Stage 1 online learning resource

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Our Stage 1 online learning resource, School days of long ago, is now available to schools who had booked in for Term 2 excursions. It contains videos, image galleries and activities. The resource  is also available for schools outside of greater Sydney who are unable to visit the NSW Schoolhouse Museum due to distance. Please […]

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Term 2 excursion program suspended

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The NSW Schoolhouse Museum Term 2 excursion program is suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This will remain in place until advised by the government. We have created digital resources full of videos, images and activities. We’re hoping to send the Stage 1 resource link to our Term 2 schools by the end of Week […]

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Online resources

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All remaining Term 1 school excursions have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See our Resources page for online resources, including a series of videos showcasing items from our collection on our new NSW Schoolhouse Museum YouTube channel.

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Engaging students in historical inquiry

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We’re thrilled to feature in the October 2018 edition of SCAN magazine! The article, Engaging students in historical inquiry: Utilising objects and living history experiences, explores the role of objects and living history experiences in historical inquiry in the K-6 setting through a case study of the NSW Schoolhouse Museum of Public Education.

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Stepping back in time

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Our visiting school groups have been enjoying drill, maypole dancing and games in the autumn sunshine. Here is our Wednesday team in their 1880s costumes outside our lovely 1877 sandstock brick schoolroom.

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North Ryde PS 140 years of operation

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Our 1877 schoolroom commenced operation with 40 pupils in January 1878. At the official opening in early March enrolments had increased to 53 pupils. The first teacher, Mr Charles Crew, with his wife Elizabeth, were appointed to the school from Goulburn where they were held in high regard. They lived in the four-room headmaster’s cottage that was […]

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Empire Day

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Empire Day, 24th May, was once an annual celebration in schools and marked with events such as a sports day, community picnic and school tableau or play that celebrated the British Empire.

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Step back in time to the first Anzac Day

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Recreating school days during the First World War, At School At War immerses students in school days around Australia’s first Anzac Day. Students learn about the war and our men who served, contribute to home front activities of spinning, knitting, tucking in messages of support, and learn cadet drill as 1900s students did at the […]

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