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This term started with a bang for our Year 5 and Year 6 children as they were escorted back in time to the Victorian Days.

Children sat in rows, all facing forwards, while teachers paced backwards and forwards checking everyone was behaving. The children were amazed to discover that if you fidgeted, you had to write out lines 10 times and if you pushed it too far, there was the threat of the cane.

While studying the Victorians this term, Year Five and Six at Heronswood Primary School, managed to find amazingly authentic costumes to wear for the 3 days, as did their enthusiastic teachers. In addition the teachers made the days even more authentic by wielding their canes at any given opportunity!

Throughout the three day immersion the children found that making ink blots on the paper was not a good idea either. The children were also given lines, disciplined for tiny errors in behaviour and recited The Lord’s Prayer before break, every day. The children were allowed to look through an enormous old family Bible with the spaces for the family tree and the family portrait gallery.

“VERY strict,” was the comment made by Finlay. Another child commented, “I like the way school is now compared to a Victorian school.”