Sorrento Primary School Visit

“The best excursion in my years at school”

Excitement ran high among the two groups of Grade 1 / 2s from Sorrento Primary School who visited the Museum and Watts’ Cottage last month for our programme The Past in the Present.


Some of the Class 1/2s at Watts’ Cottage

One of the participants, aged six, announced at School Assembly that it was “the best excursion in my years at school”!

The pictures below tell the story.

Bergliot Dallas 4/12/2016

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Sorrento Museum Schools’ Competition

Another Time Another Life

Competition coordinator Bergliot Dallas and the volunteers at Nepean Historical Society are thrilled that over 300 students entered the Museum’s history competition. All local students and schools were invited 12 months ago to be involved. The theme ‘Another Time Another Life’ enabled students to select any person, place or period of local history. They could choose their format – digital, multi- media, photographic or written. The only disappointment was that no secondary students entered this year.

Presentation Day

Presentation Day

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Carey Grammar Year 7s Visit

September 2013

Carey Year 7 students spend 2 days at school investigating the Mornington Peninsula.

This is an interdisciplinary study, but the big idea is sustainability and students understand the ownership of the land by the Boonwurrung Balluk clan and developing history of the area and the impact made by humans both positive and negative.

They develop an understanding of the appeal of this area with its wide variety of tourist attractions, but also develop a deep understanding of the geography of the area – climate, erosion, formation of Port Phillip Bay and life in the sea.

We spend 2 days visiting various sites, but the highlight of the visit is the 2 hours spent at the Sorrento Museum learning in-depth about the history of the area – beginning with George Coppin’s vision for Sorrento, the amazing railway to shuttle the thousands who arrived on paddle steamers for their holidays. Students learn about the Collins Settlement and its failure due to the lack of water.

Bergliot Dallas talks at the Sorrento Museum

Bergliot Dallas talks to students at the Sorrento Museum

This is just a taste of the wonderful information presented by passionate speakers. This is what engages the students and they all want to know more. They love to hear the stories – not just the facts – given by informed local people who have a love of the area and their special area of interest.

A highlight for me and all students is Watts’ Cottage. How did these people survive the conditions in the past when our lives are so, so comfortable. So many artefacts, to highlight this lifestyle. Fascinating

A visit to the Sorrento Historical Museum will always be the number one priority for our visit to study this area with an environmental focus.

The staff are flexible and will even combine a morning bus tour of the significant things in this area.

I can only recommend this as a most valuable and special learning experience.

Bev Steer, Middle School Teacher

Sorrento Primary School Visit

4th November 2011

History came to life on 4th November in our Museum and Watts’ Cottage for Sorrento Primary School Grade 1 and 2 students thanks to a group of enthusiastic NHS volunteers in period costume.

NHS Volunteers in Costume

NHS Volunteers in Costume

From Natasha Wicks the children heard about the way of life of the Boonwurung people and lime-burning, the first local industry of white settlers. Rhonda Fitzjohn, assisted by the silent figure of Lieutenant David Collins, described the short-lived settlement at Sullivan Bay in 1803. Barry Nicholls told stirring tales of shipwrecks and rescue. Des Young’s focus on transport included the paddle-steamers that brought visitors from Melbourne and the Sorrento Tram that linked them with the Ocean Beach. Joy Kitch, attired in early motoring gear, presided over a table of mysterious household objects from days gone by which the students were able to discuss and handle. In the clothing section Jo Davie and Elaine Nicholls, splendidly dressed, demonstrated the intricacies of corsets and other relics of the past!

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