Italian Student’s Sovereign Hill Excursion
On Thursday 8 September five Italian exchange students and their host students from Year 8 – 11 went on an excursion to Sovereign Hill, an outdoor museum in the historic gold mining city of Ballarat. They went there to immerse themselves in the 1850s gold rush days which is a defining era Australia’s history. We were very lucky to have such a lovely spring day for this excursion.
Upon arrival, we rushed straight to the creek to try our luck with gold panning. I’m sure that the families of Italian students would not mind a few pieces of gold as a souvenir from Australia. After trying several times, some students were able to find tiny gold nuggets to take home with them.
Throughout the day, we enjoyed walking around the gold-rush town that captures the atmosphere of the mid-1800’s. On the street, we saw building after building of replica theatre, bakeries, banks, and of course our favourite lollie shop! We also had opportunities to see various demonstrations including a gold pour (3kg of pure gold!).
I hope the excursion added another memorable moment to the Italian students’ Australian experience.
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