Lessons from the Past


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Key Information

Cost (GST free)
$28.20 per student for minimum 20 students. See below for the full cost scale.
Full day (10am to 2pm). See below for details.
Session Offered
Monday to Friday
Maximum Students
60 per session
Supervision ratios

The supervision ratio is 1:10 for primary groups and 1:15 for secondary groups. Teachers and parents attend free of charge at these ratios. One carer per student with special needs will be admitted free of charge.

Additional Visitor Costs

Each additional visitor will be charged at the concession rate of $12.

About the program

Integrating outcomes from History, PDHPE and Creative Arts, this program gives students the opportunity to learn first hand about what school life was like in the late 19th century.

Students dress in period costume – straw hats, plus cotton pinafores for the girls and sailor collars or coats for the boys – and then meet their schoolmistress or master to begin the school day. After saluting the British flag, the class is marched into the 1880s schoolroom, where they will sing the national anthem God Save the Queen and prepare to start the first lesson.

Throughout this immersive and engaging program, students take part in a recreation of late 19th-century classroom activities, led by highly-trained staff, who are also in costume and in character as 1880s school teachers. Hands-on activities include practising writing on slates, completing a science lesson, a sewing lesson and a drawing lesson as well as an outdoor physical education drill and (weather permitting) maypole dancing in the yard, enabling students to make vivid comparisons between schooling then and now.

Prepare your group for a visit with an 'Excursion Introduction' listed under Resources. These introductions are suitable for teachers of children with ASD in integrated classrooms.

Cost scale

Can be booked as standalone full-day program OR in combination with Early to Rise.

Full-day program (10am-2pm): $28.20 per student.

Confirmation, payment & cancellation

You can alter your booking numbers up until 7 days prior to your visit.
We will call you a week before your booking to confirm final numbers and requirements.
You will be invoiced for the full cost of your program a week prior to your booking.
Payment can be made by Credit Card, EFTPOS or cheque (payable to Historic Houses Trust of NSW).
Cancellations made within 7 days of a booking will incur the full cost for the program.
Cancellations made within 2 weeks of your visit will be invoiced for 50% of the total booking.
Cancellations must be made in writing. 

Curriculum links

Stage 1 History

Present and Past Family Life:

Key inquiry questions:

  • How has family life changed or remained the same over time?
  • How can we show that the present is different from or similar to the past?

HT1-1 Communicates an understanding of change and continuity in family life using appropriate historical terms

HT1-4 Demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication

The Past in the Present:

Key inquiry questions:

  • What aspects of the past can you see today?
  • How have changes in technology shaped our daily life?

HT1-3 Describes the effects of changing technology on people’s lives over time

HT1-4 Demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication

Stage 1 Creative Arts

VAS1.1 Makes artworks in a particular way about experiences of real and imaginary things

DRAS 1.1 Takes on roles in drama to explore familiar and imagined situations

Stage 1 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

DAS1.7 Performs simple dance sequences incorporating basic movement skills and patterns

GSS1.8 Performs fundamental movement skills with equipment in minor games

Complementary programs: Early to Rise

Plan Your Visit

  • Please plan to arrive before the start time of your booked program to allow for cloaking, toilet visits and/or a refreshment break for the students. If you arrive late, some elements and activities may need to be cut from the program to keep to the scheduled finish time.
  • Large groups will be divided up into smaller groups for activities in the museums.
  • Bags, food and drinks are not permitted in the museums and cloaking facilities are provided.
  • Photography policies vary between the museums so please ask a member of staff for details.
  • Teachers and carers are required to remain with their groups at all times.
  • Disciplining students remains the responsibility of teachers and carers accompanying the group.
  • Please let us know before your visit if any of your students have special needs or learning difficulties so we can plan to accommodate their needs during the visit.

Rouse Hill Estate

356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill, NSW 2155
Bookings +61 2 8239 2211


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Rouse Hill Estate

356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill, NSW 2155
Bookings +61 2 8239 2211