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24/06/2014

Recently thirty (30) students, two staff, two volunteers and myself travelled all the way out to Cherbourg to visit the Ration Shed Museum. We started the visit with meeting the Elders of Cherbourg, and then watched the ‘Ration Shed’ DVD explaining the history, how life was lived, treatment and the survival many years ago. We then broke into three groups and participated in a rotation of activities. We had the chance to visit the dormitories and listen to Aunty tell many stories of growing up in the girl’s dormitory.  Aunty Grace showed us and explained the men’s and women’s shadowboxes. We also had a chance to see the original living quarters and furniture and painted our own boomerangs with Uncle Roco in the Art shed. We also learnt about the Timeline and completed worksheets to understand the history in more detail. After learning lots and doing several activities, our day came to an end.  We thanked the Elders for their time and knowledge. As we were leaving and getting on the bus, Aunties gave us permits to leave Cherbourg town to return home.