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Colonial Classroom
Australia Wide - 365 days a year

Product Description
Colonial, Classroom, Show, School, Workshop, Excursion, Australia History, History, Convicts
The Colonial Classroom is the perfect event for Australian Curriculum History Learning.  Be part of the experience and get hands on with history and the cultures of Australia. Take a tour of children's past live, touch real objects and investigate through out the show through our highly interactive adventure of the Classroom.

The Colonial Classroom school incursion will take you back to the yester-year when children were meant to be seen but not heard. A truly remarkable show that allows students to see, feel, and hear what it was like back in the colonial times.

The performance features object-rich scenes engaging the children from start to finish.
Go back to those days of learning where Isabella Rosson, Mary Bryant and Mr and Mrs Richardson will teach you reading, writing and arithmetic - THE COLONIAL WAY. With true realism, expert dialog and educational facts in an interactive experience your school and students will learn about, with firsthand experience, the Birch and the Rod of Correction. They will encounter the bizarre ways of studying the times tables and the units of measurement such as inches, feet and yards. Let your students be taught to add and subtract with pounds, shillings and pence. In other words reading, writing and arithmetic was the order of the day and this interactive show, will give them the one and only experience that will spark their quest for knowledge and hunger to learn more about education in our Colony and the life of the children of the Colonial Classroom. If you want your students spark of learning to be re-kindle then don't walk away from this event.

Explore some of the historic methods used to teach early colonial children, that have shaped aspects of the way of life. Engage with the performers as they bring to life a new suite of educational stimulus that brings Australian History to life.
The Show Begins depicting education!
The show begins depicting the education in the Colony of New South Wales in the early 1800’s where life was different to what children experience today and the only real way of teaching them the history of such extraordinary methods and events is to allow them to experience it in first hand - in true realism.

It follows the life of the first school teacher in the colony known as Isabella Rossen who was convicted and transported for seven years transportation to the colony or stealing from her employer. In fact she sailed on the Lady Penrhyn in the First Fleet. In 1788 the year of her arrival she established and operated the first Dame School in Sydney. That simply meant that it was a school ran by a woman. In October of 1789, she married William Richardson who had been sentenced to death at the Old Bailey in 1783 for armed highway robbery, but was pardoned on the condition of transportation for seven years. They operated the school until it came under the jurisdiction of the Rev Richard Johnson in the 1794, and now it’s your students turn to experience what the COLONIAL CLASSROOM WAS LIKE.
Colonial, Classroom, Show, School, Workshop, Excursion, Australia History, History, Convicts
Iconic Performances, School, Workshop, Excursions, Performances, Australia History

Please Note: due to the true realism of the Colonial Classroom, the school incursion can be adapted for children under the age of seven (7).

The Colonial Classroom is a 45 minute show setup right in the safety of your school grounds. It is a perfect event to have at your school to encourage, stimulate or enhance what the students are learning.

The Colonial Classroom school incursion was written by qualified and experienced school teachers and is well scripted to enhance the learning outcomes taught in the school classroom.

  1. Explains the roles played by significant people during the British colonisation of Australia as a penal colony.

  2. Describes aspects of ways of life and achievements in the early colony for children.

  3. Allows the audience to acquire and critically evaluates information from other material.

  4. Evaluates points of view about the consequences of British colonisation for children, groups and the environment, and allows the audience to formulate their own informed opinions.

  5. Allows and demonstrates opportunities for how people wer learning about might and how they felt/have felt by participating in activities such as roleplay, drama.

  6. Allows the audience to ask questions and extract required details when required.

  7. Encourages the audience to select appropriate sources of information by observing, identifying, finding, displaying, evaluating & reflecting.

  8. Reflects on the existence of previous knowledge & experiences.

  9. Allows audience to accept specific roles & responsibilities.

  10. And many many more.

The Colonial Classroom is available for the following school levels:

  • Year 2 to Year 6

The Colonial Classroom is available in most areas of Australia, including but not limited to:

  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Area/Regions :
    All areas/Regions of ACT

  • New South Wales (NSW) Area/Regions :
    All areas/Regions of NSW including but not limited to ... Albury, Blue Mountains Region, Central New South Wales, Coffs Harbour, Far West, Hunter New England, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Lower Western, Murrumbidgee, New England North West, North Coast Region, Northern Rivers, Orange, Port Macquarie, Riverina, South Coast Region, South Western Sydney, Sydney, Tamworth, Tweed Heads, Western NSW, Bathurst, Capital Country, Central Tablelands, Country NSW Region, High Country/Snowy Mountains Region, Hunter Region, Lismore, Maitland, Narrabri Region, Newcastle, North West Slopes & Plains, Northern Sydney, Outback New South Wales, Queanbeyan, Snowy Mountains, South Eastern Sydney, Southern NSW, Sydney Metropolitan, The Murray, Upper Western, Western Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Central West Slopes & Plains, Dubbo, Hunter, Illawarra, Lord Howe Island Region , Mid North Coast, Nepean Blue Mountains, North Coast NSW, Northern NSW, Northern Tablelands, Outback NSW Region, Richmond, South Coast, South West Slopes, Southern Tablelands, Sydney Outer Suburbs, The Murray Region, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong

  • Queensland (QLD) Areas/Regions :
    All areas/Regions of QLD including but not limited to ... Brisbane Metropolitan, Cairns / Far North, Central West, Fitzroy, Gold Coast, Mackay, Northern, Thuringowa, Wide Bay-Burnett, Brisbane Outer Suburbs, Capricorn, Darling Downs, Fraser Island, Gold Coast / Sunshine Coast, Moreton, Rockhampton, Townsville, Bundaberg, Central Outback, Far North, Gladstone, Hervey Bay, North West, South West Queensland, Whitsundays

  • South Australia (SA) Areas/Regions :
    All areas/Regions of SA including but not limited to ... Adelaide Hills , Barossa, Fleurieu Peninsula, Limestone Coast, Yorke Peninsula, Adelaide Metropolitan, Clare Valley, Flinders / Outback, Murraylands, Adelaide Outer Suburbs, Eyre Pen, Kangaroo Island, Riverland

  • Victoria (VIC) Areas/Regions :
    All areas/Regions of VIC including but not limited to ... Ballarat, Bendigo, Central Highlands, East Gippsland Coast, Goldfields, Great Ocean Road, Lower Goulburn, Melton, Murray, Otways, Port Phillip, Shepparton Mooroopna, Southwest The Otways, The Bays Port Phillip, The Wimmera, Upper Yarra, West Coast Shipwreck Coast, Western District, Yarra Valley, Bellarine, Central Coast Bass Coast, Central Victoria Yarra Valley, Geelong, Goulburn Valley, Greater Melbourne, Melbourne Metropolitan, Mildura, Northeast Victorian Alps, Ovens and Murray, Pyrenees, South Gippsland, Sunraysia, The Grampians, Upper Goulburn, Victorian Alps, West Gippsland, Western Port, Bellarine Peninsula, Central Gippsland Coast, Daylesford / Macedon, Gippsland, Grampians, High Country, Melbourne Outer Suburbs, Mornington Peninsula, Northwest The Mallee Sunraysia, Phillip Island, Riverina, Southern Riverina, Surf Coast, The Mallee, Upper Murray, Warrnambool, Western Central Highlands/Tablelands, Wimmera

  • Tasmania (TAS) Area/Regions :
    All areas/Regions of Tasmania
  • Western Australia (WA) Area/Regions :
    All areas/Regions of Western Australia

Price Information:

  • The Colonial Classroom is priced on a per person/ticket charge, with discounts for bulk purchases.

Travel Charges:

  • There are no travel charges charged, regardless of the location.

Teacher/Customer Resources Available:

  • There are resouces available at additional charges.

Staff Qualifications:

  • All performers are either trained and qualified teachers or have degrees/diplomas or certification in Performing Arts.

Other Details
:The show is available
Across Australia. Australia Wide
:Suitable for
Year 2 to Year 9; Ages: 6 to 15 years old
:Show Commence
at a time to suit your needs.
:Show Duration
approx 45-50 minutes.
:We provide
all equipment, props and costumes.
:Dress Up
We encourage all audience to dress in the colonial period but not required.
:Minimum Stage Area required
Minimum Stage Area required
:Specific Stage Requirements
You will need to setup all tables and chairs in the performing area
:Teacher resources
available (charges may apply).
able to adapt some content for age suitability and time.
:Minimum number per Classroom
25 persons per Classroom experience.
:Maximum number per Classroom
There is no maximum, as long as the area can safely cater for the size
:Minimum Setup & Set Down Time required
2 Hours Setup and Set Down Time
:Item required to be setup by Venue
Tables and Chairs in Columns and Rows. We do not provide the tables and chairs for this event.
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          Posted on 28/02/2020 by Nathan Weil , Redeemer Lutheran College , Rochedale , QLD , Australia

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    Great show and the students loved it! Very interactive and the staff were great to deal with.

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          Posted on 25/09/2019 by Stephanie McIntosh , Sydney catholic schools , Sefton , NSW , Australia

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          Posted on 02/09/2019 by paul douglas , merrylands ps , Merrylands , NSW , Australia

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          Posted on 11/03/2019 by Amninder M , Sirius College , Shepparton , VIC , Australia

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    It was wonderful and related to the History Curriculum. Students and teachers enjoyed it!

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          Posted on 05/12/2018 by jennifer N , gosford public school , gosford , NSW , Australia

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    The show was great and the kids really enjoyed it. It meshed seamlessly with what we had been studying in class. Thank you very much.

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