Immigration Museum Excursion

Another day of rich learning and new discoveries was what we experienced today. We ventured into the city to visit the Melbourne Immigration Museum. The day included 3 unique activities.
First we visited the IDENTITY exhibition. This showcased the uniqueness of each culture. WE learnt about how food, dress, family and religion can influence the appearance and identity of a person. We all make assumptions about people’s identity. It is important to learn about different cultures so that we understand them and are more accepting. It was fascinating to see the variety of skin colours, eye shapes and noses. We are all very different.
We stood in the shoes of a person being victimised on a tram. It made us think about how we all react when we see someone who is different.
Our second activity was using our PASSPORTS to visit the Leaving Home exhibition. This included the many stories about why people have immigrated into Australia and how they have arrived here. Many people are persecuted in their own countries and many others come to Australia for a better way of life and more opportunities. It was fascinating to board the ship and listen to the sounds and experience the smells and conditions on board the various ships. We read stories about the immigrants and learnt about the waves of immigration over the past 245 years.
Our final task was to use mini ipads and the book creator app. Photos of old buildings and sites around Melbourne were uploaded for us to compare and find the differences and similarities. Melbourne is a modern and vibrant city but many old sandstone buildings are hidden treasures along many of our streets.
Overall it was an awesome day and we thank the Museum staff for being such a great support to us throughout the day.
Immigration Museum

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Excursion to Fire Museum and Melbourne Museum

Reflections on our learning at the Fire Museum and Melbourne Museum!

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FIRE MUSEUM

  • We found out about how fire fighters dressed and travelled in the past
  • I discovered how a modern day fire hose works
  • The fire trucks have changed dramatically over time
  • Fire trucks were originally pulled by horses
  • We learnt about the history of fires in Victoria
  • The firefighters get changed within 90 seconds and they get to the emergency in under 7 minutes
  • The best thing was going into the old watch room and seeing how cool the warning system and alarms were. It ran very efficiently.
  • Technology has now replaced the manual labour of the fire station
  • There was a huge array of medals that had been awarded to the firefighters over the years including a Victoria Cross

MELBOURNE MUSEUM

  • The 3D Volcanic Eruption movie was really interesting. It was great seeing it from a different perspective
  • The rocks were interesting
  • Seeing the revolving earth models were fascinating to see the changes over time and how the earth was formed
  • We could see what the earth looked like over 4 million years ago
  • The rocks and crystals were amazing, to think that something so bright and colourful can come from underground
  • Seeing the 3D movie helped me to visualise the power of the disaster
  • The crystals are formed naturally and have such incredible beauty and shapes
  • It was like travelling on a ride going along with the lava in the lava tube
  • The museum was a wonderful place to visit to help us understand more about the earth’s structure and volcanoes

Our Visit to the Melbourne Museum

Our Visit to the Melbourne Museum and Imax on PhotoPeach

It was a fabulous day at Melbourne Museum and Imax. The human body exhibition showed the various systems that help our bodies to function. We discovered 3D models of the inside of the body, the skeleton and the brain.
The Human Body movie, at Imax, was as big as a 7 storey building. It was an incredible journey through the body and how it functions every day of our lives. We are learning so many new and exciting things about our bodies.