Students from Year 3 had an amazing time on their very first excursion in Upper Primary to Bankfoot House and the Australian Teamsters Hall of Fame. Each Year 3 class went on the excursion on separate days. Year 3G was the first cab off the rank going on Monday 20 February. Year 3M went the following week on Monday 26 February and 3W on Tuesday 27 February.
Students were keen as beans to go on the excursion. They were armed with sunscreen, hats, water bottles and big smiles. Students caught the Glasshouse bus and took the short journey to Bankfoot House. It was here that students broke into three groups and rotated around three stations.
At the first station, students got to see how laundry was done 100 years ago. They were not very impressed that everything had to be washed by hand! At the second rotation, students saw old farming equipment that was used to farm the land and transport heavy objects. Students were very impressed with the size of the equipment and how hard it would have been to operate them.
Finally, students were able to see the famous Bankfoot House. Students were in awe of all the delicate and interesting objects found in the home. They especially found the small bedrooms and the pianola piano very interesting to see. The students were shocked to find out that the house originally did not have electricity. We even had students asking “but how did they use air con if there was no electricity?” Students truly felt like they were stepping back in time to a world so different to the one they know now.
After an eye opening experience at Bankfoot House, students crossed the road to go to The Australian Teamsters Hall of Fame where they enjoyed a true Australian experience by eating damper covered in butter and golden syrup. They thought it was delicious! The students then learnt about Cobb & Co carriages and were amazed with the size of the carriages. They had lots of questions about how they were made and how they worked. Students were very lucky to have a turn sitting in one of the Cobb & Co carriages where they were bounced up and down by Steve the presenter who pressed down on the front of the carriage. The students had a blast!
After a long day out learning about the local history of Beerwah, students returned to school and reflected on a wonderful day filled with fun, excitement and new experiences. All of Year 3 truly had an amazing first excursion.
Sarah Jennings, Amy Eskdale, Desley Maciejewski
Year 3 Team