Also on this page:
- Typical visit for Stage 1 – School Days of the Past
- Typical visit for Stage 2 – Continuity and Change
- Typical visit for Stage 2 – At School At War
- Wet weather
- Medical matters
Arrival and Departure Times
Most schools arrive around 10.00am and have a quick morning tea outdoors, ready to start the sessions by 10.25am. In winter, students collect kindling for the fire during this time. If two or three Stage 1 classes the program concludes at 1.00pm for lunch, with most schools staying to have lunch and a play in the grounds. The Stage 2 programs, and four class Stage 1 day, conclude at 2.00pm, with lunch between sessions.
COVID-19 related modifications (as at 19 July 2021)
We are currently closed for school excursions as per the current NSW Department of Education COVID-19 guidelines.
When we re-open:
Typical Visit for Stage 1 – School Days of the Past
1880s re-created lesson – seated at long-toms, the students re-enact aspects of daily lessons to gain an understanding of schooling in the past. The session includes chanting tables, writing with slate pencils on slateboards, using an early reader, viewing original 1880s pupils’ work, and writing Copperplate with pen and ink.
Interactive activities – students engage with artefacts through activities such as finding objects and treasures, using rubber stamps and a jelly pad, examining contents of Globite school cases, studying photographs, playing with early puzzles and toys and, in winter, eating toast cooked over the ﬁre.
Drill and maypole dancing – students learn simple maypole dancing, dressed in pinafores or sailor collars if they wish. They undertake military-style drill using wands or dumb-bells.
Playground chants and games – students play schoolyard games such as skipping, ‘ﬂy’, quoits and bowling hoops. If four classes, they also learn some simple chants and play circle games.
Social story – download the Stage 1 social story to share with your students. This is in an inclusive format for students of all abilities.
Typical Visit for Stage 2 – Continuity and Change
1880s re-created lessons – seated at original long-toms and forms, the students take part in aspects of 1880s daily lessons to gain an understanding of education in the past. Students will chant tables, write with slate pencils on slateboards, read from an early reader and write Copperplate with pen and ink. They will examine original 1880s pupils’ work and an early school punishment book to consider changes and continuities in learning and discipline.
1900s-1970s school resources investigation – students work as ‘history detectives’ through activities such as finding and interacting with objects and treasures, examining contents of Globite school cases and studying photographs. In role as students from the past, they print from a jelly pad, label a map using pen and ink, participate in Junior Red Cross actions, do craft such as twisted threads, weaving or knitting, and, in winter, toast a piece of bread over the ﬁre.
1900s drill and maypole dancing – students learn military-style drill using wands and can wear lacy or sailors’ collars when learning simple maypole dancing.
1960s lessons and games – students experience a short session in our recreated 1960s classroom where they observe the layout and use Cuisenaire Rods to complete number sentences. They play ‘fly’ or skipping with a long rope on the grass outside the room.
Typical Visit for Stage 2 – At School At War
1915 assembly – the day commences with a recreated 1915-1918 assembly where students will hear news from the front, and of local soldiers, recite a verse, sing God Save the King and patriotic songs, recite an oath and salute the flag.
The War Front – in the context of a 1915 school day, students will trace a map of Gallipoli using pen and ink, write a postcard to a soldier at the front and dress up to recreate an Empire Day tableau.
The Home Front – in role as 1915 school pupils, students spin fleece into yarn, copy a verse of support to a soldier, roll and fold bandages as Red Cross members, use metal WW1 toy soldiers and blocks to create a 3D model of a military camp and weigh vegetables for fundraising.
Junior Cadet Training – in role as junior cadets, students will be practise prescribed physical exercises, marching drill and learn some letters and signals using semaphore flags.
More details about the At School At War program. Go to the supporting learning resource At School at War: NSW School Children and the Anzacs.
In rain, extreme heat or poor air quality some outdoor sessions are run in a modified format indoors. Students may do drill indoors and may do craft or an activity with Cuisenaire rods in our recreated 1960s room. If raining, maypole dancing will be omitted. If four groups in wet weather, the program may run as a three session rotation due to space limitations.
For school groups there is a block of toilets, an undercover outdoor eating area and grassy grounds for playing. There are no tea and coffee making facilities. Take-away coffee can be purchased nearby in Cox’s Road or BYO thermos.
Schools must bring their own first aid kit and emergency medications for their students. All museum staff are trained in e-Emergency, anaphylaxis and emergency asthma procedures. An Epi-Pen, first aid kit and Ventolin reliever is located on site.
White bread and golden syrup are used for toasting. Download images of the ingredient panels and packages.Schools should supply alternative bread for students with special dietary requirements. Students with coeliac disease will be able to toast their own gluten free bread first using clean equipment.
Information sheets, souvenir prices, photo galleries and other links are on our Resources page.