It has been a busy week as some of the grades immerse themselves in the History component of the Australian Curriculum.

The National Trust of Australia (WA) has provided us with several opportunities this week to visit their historic properties and to hear from experts in the field.

On Monday, the Year Two's went on an excursion to Samson House in Fremantle. To quote the National Trust website: 'Samson House showcases middle-class, suburban, domestic life in the late colonial period through the twentieth century. It can be used to learn about the history of Fremantle and the State." Our students looked at many artefacts from the past, played olden days games and explored the furnished rooms in the house. The excursion was very informative and lots of fun.

On Tuesday, the Year 1 students stepped back in time and visited historic Woodbridge House in Guildford. The house was built beside the Swan River in 1885 by Charles Harper. Our students enjoyed a leisurely tour through the house admiring the many exquisite rooms and the olden days furniture and objects. They played quoits and tossed horseshoes on the lawn, surrounding the house, where the ten Harper children would have spent their leisure time. The students had a fantastic day and look forward to visiting more heritage sites as they continue their journey through the rich history of Western Australia.

On Wednesday, the Year 4 students were entertained and informed about sea explorers and maritime history by Mike Lefroy who is a well-known Western Australian author, historian and educator. The students were mesmerised by his knowledge and stories as they start their own investigation into a great sea journey of the 18th century.

  • Author and educator Mike Lefroy

    visits Year 4 to share his book