Catherine McAuley Westmead students on their excursion to The Rocks
Year 8 Geography students learnt about the importance of water when they visited The Rocks on Wednesday 3rd April 2024

Semester 1 Year 8 Geography students had an exciting day at The Rocks last week as they explored the importance of water in the world. Year 8 student Ella C. has written a report below:

On Wednesday, 3rd of April we had an absolutely amazing day, exploring the importance of water in the world. Led by Ranger Jamie Tours, we split up into classes and walked around The Rocks, filled with so much history and hints of life from the 1780s -1830s. We learned about the connection between water and social status, old water sources and even a ‘ghost’ named Old Man Jenkins.

Did you know that in the early days of colonisation, the closer you lived to the water, the richer and more important you were? Poorer people were situated further away. We learned about how the Tank Stream was buried (water storage tanks) and how it used to be the main source of water for the indigenous people of the Gadagal clan, as well as the First Fleet. Its path flowed through what we now call Pitt Street.

After a big afternoon of learning, we stopped for lunch at Observatory Hill Park, and as the name suggests, we had a stunning view. We were able to see every aspect of the city, including the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Luna Park, the harbour and more. It's truly amazing how Sydney is used for so many incredible things, and how it is valued by different people. It made us realise how important water is, and how we have to protect it in this beautiful city of ours.

Catherine McAuley Westmead students on their excursion to The Rocks

Overall, we had a great day and we thank Ranger Jamie Tours for helping with this experience. The other half of our cohort will be able to experience this amazing excursion in Term 3.

Catherine McAuley Westmead students on their excursion to The Rocks


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Ella C. | Year 8 Geography student

Ella C. | Year 8 Geography student
Catherine McAuley Westmead

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