Macquarie College Camps & Outdoor ProgramYear 5 embarked on their annual camp, this time heading north to Port Macquarie.  This was an opportunity to experience life in the 1800’s, travelling far and wide to find the perfect place to explore colonial life and early settlement. Trial Bay Gaol was our first stop, where students explored punishment for convicts and what life was like in a gaol in colonial Australia. After escaping gaol, students met with some furry friends at the Billabong Zoo and set their eyes to the stars at the Observatory. At the Historic Port Macquarie Courthouse, students participated in a mock trial called ‘Death by Poisoning’, working hard to bring the culprit to justice.

Our final adventure, Timbertown. A town complete with blacksmiths, cobblers, horse and carriage rides and traditional bullocks, all set up in the colonial style.  We had a wonderful time bringing our History learning to life.

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