Students visit ancient Australian sites
Recently, Mr Summerhayes' Year 11 Ancient History class, along with Wiradjuri Elder, Mr Geoff Anderson went on a field trip to Ulan to view an Aboriginal archaeological site in the form of a rock shelter. In the rock shelter, known as 'Hand on Rock', many hand stencils in red ochre can be seen that could be up to thousands of years old. Students carried out fieldwork on the site as part of their study of ancient Australia.
Mr Anderson told many stories and gave many insights into what the cave and the area may have been used for. Mr Summerhayes also used his university education in Aboriginal archaeology to show students other evidence of Aboriginal occupation such as stone scrapers and tool making grinding grooves.
Students were also taken on a walk down the Goulburn River to an area referred to as Drip Rock. Students were able to experience the natural water source that the local Wiradjuri people would have made use of for thousands of years as water naturally seeps through a sandstone rock gorge into pools below.