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This page has a few good photos of Coogee Public school from the early 1900s. Also see: http://photosau.com/Randwick/scripts/home.asp for more of photos of Coogee area, particularly the beach and surf lifesaving club.
These websites would be useful in constructing activities that would help students explore the HSIE Syllabus CCES1 strand which states that students will have the opportunity to "discuss photos, paintings, drawings and pictures from the past, looking for evidence of a former time, and relate them to their own lives and experiences." (p. 44).
It would be interesting for the class to try and identify the buildings and places featured in these photos, especially of their own school. I believe that some of Coogee Public School’s original buildings still stand. This would be a class project, divided into small groups. Each group could add their findings to a class map of the area. Perhaps some could even take photos of their homes to add to our map.
It would also be beneficial to examine how these buildings/places have changed and/or stayed the same; in particular, the school buildings. This might even lead to a discussion of the changes in attitudes towards and practices of education - such as the number of children in one classroom, materials used in classrooms, what children studied and why. In order to help the children to understand the different style of teaching back when their school was first constructed, a class play, scripted together and rehearsed together would be a suitable assessment.
This discussion of different styles of education would lead nicely into an investigation of schools abroad.
NSW Board of Studies, (1998). HSIE Syllabus K-6. Sydney, Australia.