Schools beamed into virtual 1880s classroom


Students from regional and metropolitan schools visited the school house at Rouse Hill House and Farm last week, both via video conferencing connections and also via live streaming.

Sydney Living Museums worked with DART Connections form the Department of Education to bring twelve schools and 477 students to this video conference where they had the chance to be transported back in time to 1889.

The students met their 1880s schoolmistress, Miss Fox, and participated in a typical 19th century lesson based on the syllabus of the time. The class sang the national anthem, God Save the Queen, and worked on elocution, arithmetic using an abacus and a drawing session.

The schools came from all around NSW including Oberon, Kurrajong North, Warners Bay, Raymond Terrace, Yarrowitch as well as metropolitan schools like Waverly and  Rozelle and enjoyed asking questions and doing the activities in their workbooks.

Watch a recording of the event from YouTube Live.



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