The Colonial Classroom school incursion (An Interactive show of Australian History based on the British Colonisation and Discovery of Gold in Australia).  This will take you back to the yester-year when kids were meant to be seen but not heard. A truly remarkable show that allows students to see, feel, and hear what it was like back in the colonial times.

So go back to those days of learning where Mr or Mrs Richardson will teach you reading, writing and arithmetic - THE COLONIAL WAY. With true realism, expert dialog and educational facts and interactive your school and students will learn about, with firsthand experience, the Birch and the Rod of Correction. They will encounter the bizarre ways of studying the times tables and the units of measurement such as inches, feet and yards. Let your students be taught to add and subtract with pounds, shillings and pence. In other words reading, writing and arithmetic was the order of the day and this interactive show, will give them the one and only experience that will spark their quest for knowledge and hunger to learn more about education in our Colony and the life of the children of the Colonial Classroom. If you want your students spark of learning to be re-kindle then don't walk away from this event.

The show begins depicting the education in the Colony of New South Wales in the early 1800’s where life was different to what children experience today and the only real way of teaching them the history of such extraordinary methods and events is to allow them to experience it in first hand - in true realism.

It follows the life of the first school teacher in the colony known as Isabella Rossen who was convicted and transported for seven years transportation to the colony or stealing from her employer. In fact she sailed on the Lady Penrhyn in the First Fleet. In 1788 the year of her arrival she established and operated the first Dame School in Sydney. That simply meant that it was a school ran by a woman. In October of 1789, she married William Richardson who had been sentenced to death at the Old Bailey in 1783 for armed highway robbery, but was pardoned on the condition of transportation for seven years. They operated the school until it came under the jurisdiction of the Rev Richard Johnson in the 1794, and now it’s your students turn to experience what the COLONIAL CLASSROOM WAS LIKE.

The Colonial Classroom school incursion has minimum of 30 students, with a maximum number of 40 students per performance.

Please Note: due to the true realism of the Colonial Classroom, the school incursion is not suitable for children under the age of seven (7).

The Colonial Classroom is a 45 minute show setup right in the safety of your school grounds. It is a perfect event to have at your school to encourage, stimulate or enhance what the students are learning.

The Colonial Classroom school incursion was written by qualified and experienced school teachers and is well scripted to enhance the learning outcomes taught in the school classroom.

Explains the roles played by significant people during the British colonisation of Australia as a penal colony.

Describes aspects of ways of life and achievements in the early colony for children.

Allows the audience to acquire and critically evaluates information from other material.

Evaluates points of view about the consequences of British colonisation for children, groups and the environment, and allows the audience to formulate their own informed opinions.

Allows and demonstrates opportunities for how people wer learning about might and how they felt/have felt by participating in activities such as roleplay, drama.

Allows the audience to ask questions and extract required details when required.

Encourages the audience to select appropriate sources of information by observing, identifying, finding, displaying, evaluating & reflecting.

Reflects on the existence of previous knowledge & experiences.

Allows audience to accept specific roles & responsibilities.

And many many more.

The Colonial Classroom is available for the following school levels:

Year 2 to Year 6

Please Note: due to the true realism of the Colonial Classroom, the school incursion is not suitable for children under the age of seven (7).

The Colonial Classroom is available in most areas of Australia, including but not limited to:

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Area/Regions :
The whole of the ACT Territory

New South Wales (NSW) Area/Regions :
Albury, Blue Mountains Region, Central New South Wales, Coffs Harbour, Far West, Hunter New England, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Lower Western, Murrumbidgee, New England North West, North Coast Region, Northern Rivers, Orange, Port Macquarie, Riverina, South Coast Region, South Western Sydney, Sydney, Tamworth, Tweed Heads, Western NSW, Bathurst, Capital Country, Central Tablelands, Country NSW Region, High Country/Snowy Mountains Region, Hunter Region, Lismore, Maitland, Narrabri Region, Newcastle, North West Slopes & Plains, Northern Sydney, Outback New South Wales, Queanbeyan, Snowy Mountains, South Eastern Sydney, Southern NSW, Sydney Metropolitan, The Murray, Upper Western, Western Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Central West Slopes & Plains, Dubbo, Hunter, Illawarra, Lord Howe Island Region , Mid North Coast, Nepean Blue Mountains, North Coast NSW, Northern NSW, Northern Tablelands, Outback NSW Region, Richmond, South Coast, South West Slopes, Southern Tablelands, Sydney Outer Suburbs, The Murray Region, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong

Queensland (QLD) Areas/Regions :
Brisbane Metropolitan, Cairns / Far North, Central West, Fitzroy, Gold Coast, Mackay, Northern, Thuringowa, Wide Bay-Burnett, Brisbane Outer Suburbs, Capricorn, Darling Downs, Fraser Island, Gold Coast / Sunshine Coast, Moreton, Rockhampton, Townsville, Bundaberg, Central Outback, Far North, Gladstone, Hervey Bay, North West, South West Queensland, Whitsundays

South Australia (SA) Areas/Regions :
Adelaide Hills , Barossa, Fleurieu Peninsula, Limestone Coast, Yorke Peninsula, Adelaide Metropolitan, Clare Valley, Flinders / Outback, Murraylands, Adelaide Outer Suburbs, Eyre Pen, Kangaroo Island, Riverland

Victoria (VIC) Areas/Regions :
Ballarat, Bendigo, Central Highlands, East Gippsland Coast, Goldfields, Great Ocean Road, Lower Goulburn, Melton, Murray, Otways, Port Phillip, Shepparton Mooroopna, Southwest The Otways, The Bays Port Phillip, The Wimmera, Upper Yarra, West Coast Shipwreck Coast, Western District, Yarra Valley, Bellarine, Central Coast Bass Coast, Central Victoria Yarra Valley, Geelong, Goulburn Valley, Greater Melbourne, Melbourne Metropolitan, Mildura, Northeast Victorian Alps, Ovens and Murray, Pyrenees, South Gippsland, Sunraysia, The Grampians, Upper Goulburn, Victorian Alps, West Gippsland, Western Port, Bellarine Peninsula, Central Gippsland Coast, Daylesford / Macedon, Gippsland, Grampians, High Country, Melbourne Outer Suburbs, Mornington Peninsula, Northwest The Mallee Sunraysia, Phillip Island, Riverina, Southern Riverina, Surf Coast, The Mallee, Upper Murray, Warrnambool, Western Central Highlands/Tablelands, Wimmera


Primary Stage 2 (Y3-4), Primary Stage 3 (Y5-6), Secondary Stage 4 (Y7-8)


Adelaide, Albury, Ballarat, Bathurst, Bendigo, Brisbane, Bunbury, Bundaberg, Cairns, Canberra, Central Coast, Coffs Harbour, Darwin, Dubbo, Geelong, Geraldton, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Hervey Bay, Hobart, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Launceston, Lismore, Mackay, Maitland, Mandurah, Melbourne, Melton, Mildura, Newcastle, Orange, Perth, Port Macquarie, Queanbeyan, Richmond, Rockhampton, Rockingham, Shepparton-Mooroopna, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Tamworth, Thuringowa, Toowoomba, Townsville, Tweed Heads, Wagga Wagga, Warrnambool, Windsor, Wodonga, Wollongong

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