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At School at War: NSW school children and the Anzacs – new resource

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This new digital resource outlines the enormous contribution that NSW school students and teachers made in support of Australia’s involvement in the First World War. Packed with primary sources, it supports Stage 2 Community and Remembrance and Years 7-10 History Life Skills. Go to At School at War: NSW school children and the Anzacs digital resource. […]

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Classroom with timber chairs and desks, blackboard on front wall and photo of a young Queen Elizabeth

Oral histories – new!

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Visit our collection of rich stories of 1950s and 60s school days at North Ryde Public School on our Oral histories page. Read about march-pasts, peanut butter covered ‘doorstops’, milk monitors and making homemade glue.

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Collection stories – new!

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Jump to our new page of collection stories that bring some of our favourite objects to life – Geoffrey Collins a 1930s correspondence school boy, JS Middenway’s stereographs of his teaching journey and Claude Schumacher’s prized handwriting.

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Paused for a while

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We are not open to visitors during stay-at-home orders and until school excursions are allowed again. Our staff are working remotely, checking emails daily but not checking phone messages. We have online resources for schools who have had excursions cancelled. And we have a YouTube channel with some fascinating videos of objects in our collection. […]

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Winter fires are crackling

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We’ve got the fires lit this term, first time seeing are freshly painted spaces by firelight. Still a few spots left in Term 3 for students to toast some bread and work by firelight. 

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Visiting students are back!

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It is so lovely to hear the excited chatter of students fill our school rooms once more. Our first group travelled from Newcastle to engage in varied hands-on activities to investigate changes and continuities in education over time.

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Open for Term 4 excursions

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Our education program will recommence in Term 4 for pre-booked school excursions. There are a few available dates – see our availability calendar. All our repainted interiors are re-set and ready to go and Covid-safe measures are in place.    

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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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