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Around we go . . . Waitaki Valley School pupil Ben Thomas (9) rides the penny farthing carousel at Whitestone City. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD

About 70 Waitaki Valley School pupils took a trip back in time to the late 19th century last Monday.

The group of year 1 to 4 pupils visited Victorian era-themed attraction Whitestone City in Oamaru’s Victorian precinct as part of its outside learning programme.

The school is also one of 11 around the district that is part of the Victorian heritage celebrations’ “heritage in schools” programme, which started on Monday and runs until next Friday in conjunction with this year’s crime and punishment-themed celebrations.

Game time . . . Charlotte Haugh (5) and Amelia Kerr (5) toss rings at Whitestone City. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD

Schools have the choice of visiting either Whitestone City, Clarks Mill or Totara Estate.

While at Whitestone City, pupils played games such as skittles and ring toss, rode the penny farthing carousel, filled out workbooks in the Victorian classroom based on what they had experienced at the attraction, and took a ride in a horse-drawn carriage.

Waitaki Valley School teacher Danielle Powell said it was a “valuable opportunity” for pupils to learn outside the classroom in Oamaru, which they did not have the chance to do regularly.

“It’s not something they probably see with their parents, so I think there will be a lot of discussion about this when we get back to school.

Paperwork . . . Charlotte Thornley (9) and Tinuka Athukorala (6) are hard at work in Whitestone City’s classroom. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD

“It’s just our junior pupils that have had this opportunity, but I think our senior children would like this too.”

Transport for the pupils was organised and funded by Tourism Waitaki.