On Friday the 15th of September, the Year One class set off on an excursion to Wonnerup house, just outside of Busselton, near the Tuart Forest.
The children were very excited to be in their olden day clothes and loved comparing the clothing from the olden days to today. We hopped on the bus and although there were a lot of 'are we there yet?' questions, the children were excited to be going to visit 'the old place where they had no internet' - as quoted by one of the children.
We started the excursion with a 15 minute video about the history of Wonnerup House to which we found out that the whole community burnt down and had to be rebuilt!
We then set off in our groups with our wonderful parent helpers and started to explore the amazing grounds. We visited The Main House, The Black Smith shop, The Stables, The Dairy Kitchen and finally (and a personal) favourite The old School House. The children loved learning about all the olden day things like the wash board, the chamber pot, the Grandfather clock and many more!
The children absolutely loved looking at all the different things that the children in the past had encounter. The cane was one of the more fascinating features and the simple teachers house just metres away from the school was also an interesting facet to look at.... The fact that the teachers house was so close must have meant he or she would have been extremely dedicated to their job - or could run home for lunch easily!
We then had our lunch and participated in a variety of olden day games including cricket, quoits, hoola hooping, skipping and good old fashioned hide and seek. The sun came out throughout the day and some of the Mum's loved sun baking and catching a glimpse of that Spring sun.
It was an absolutely wonderful day and it wouldn't have been possible without the help of our wonderful parents: Kim, Holly, Rebecca and Cath (and James).
The children had a wonderful time learning about children in the 'Olden Days'.
A BIG thank you to everyone who organised costumes too, they loved being brought back into the past :)