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Trip to Sydney a historical treasure trove

History students head to Sydney.

In March, students of Year 10, 11 and 12 Ancient History were given an opportunity to travel to Sydney for the The First Emperor. Exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.  An interested group of 25 students and three teachers made it a weekend trip of exciting adventures.

We left Caboolture State High School on the Friday afternoon of 4th March and headed for the airport.  After a delay, we reached Sydney and then our hotel quite late.  Students visited a store close to midnight to stock up on goodies for their weekend ahead as their hotel rooms came with kitchenettes.

On the Saturday, we woke to a great breakfast and then it was on to the Art Gallery of New South Wales to see The First Emperor Exhibition.  This exhibited treasures from the Entombed Warriors Museum of Xian in China as well as all the latest finds.  Students found the exhibition to be a wonderful experience.  After lunch, we visited the Homage to the Ancestors exhibition which was at the Art Gallery at the same time.  It contained the most beautiful ancient religious vessels and art objects from parts of Asia.

In the afternoon, our group visited Sydney’s Circular Quay to take in the sights at the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge and do some souvenir shopping.    This was followed by a tour of Sydney on an open double-decker bus which gave us amazing views of all the delights of the city.  It was then on to the Curve Restaurant near our hotel for a private dining room banquet especially for our group.  Our night ended with a No Talent Night performance by small groups of students to show just how interesting and unusual they really were.  It was a night of good food and lots of laughter.

In the morning, after a sleep-in and breakfast, we packed up our merry band of students with their collections of souvenirs and headed home to Brisbane.  It was a wonderful trip with a great bunch of students and we all have some wonderful memories to go with it.   I would like to thank Dr Davies and Mrs Creffield for their help and company on our weekend in Sydney.