Year 4 students have been studying the First Fleet and Australian Colonisation. To consolidate this learning, we had the privilege of attending a highly interactive and often comedic production called “The Colonial Show”. This is a wonderfully entertaining day in which all students become convicts and learn what the voyage on the First Fleet was like and the struggles of being a convict. Students from the audience were asked to play different parts as the theatre company demonstrated what life was like in a newly industrialised England and the types of weapons the military used in those early days. We all sang Botany Bay whilst we ‘experienced’ sailing for New Holland and saw the difficulties of setting up a new colony.
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