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A History of the Sovereign Hill Costumed Schools

Established in 1979, Sovereign Hill School is a Victorian Department of Education and Training specific purpose school situated within the Sovereign Hill Outdoor Museum in the regional city of Ballarat.


Originally operating only in the re-created Red Hill National School within Sovereign Hill in 1978, Sovereign Hill School has expanded to include another three schools over the past 38 years: St Peter’s Denominational School, the Ballarat Benevolent Asylum Ragged School and St Alipius’ Diggings School. Each of the four schools represents a different style of colonial education. In 2017, a fifth school will open -the Wesleyan Day School.


The Sovereign Hill School’s purpose is to provide students with a unique and memorable 1850s educational experience and thereby act as a vital resource for teachers in implementing the Australian Curriculum at the upper primary level.

This is achieved by:
• Providing participating students with an immersive experience of behaving and learning as an 1850s child on the Victorian goldfields, with a view to deepening their understanding of the educational and social conditions of the time; and
• Preserving an authentic atmosphere in a safe and supportive environment that stimulates learning and appropriate behaviour.

 

 

Sovereign Hill Outdoor Museum

Sovereign Hill Outdoor Museum

Sovereign Hill is a living museum with working exhibits brought to life by costumed characters and horses. Find out more

A Brief Program Overview

A Brief Program Overview

Through immersion in an extended two-day role-play, students learn about the differences between their own lives and education. Find out more

School Policies

School Policies

Sovereign Hill School is a registered Victorian Government school with its own school council. Find out more