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St Helena Excursion

 Students showing of there creations
On Thursday March 3, Landsborough State School's Year five and six students embarked on a journey back in time. They travelled to Queensland’s Colonial Island Prison, St Helena, in Moreton Bay. The excursion complimented their History studies this term. 
From the moment they boarded the boat for their trip across to the island, the students were taken on a history adventure. St Helena was the State's maximum security prison from 1867 to 1932. They learnt about the transition from convict to penal settlements in Brisbane and the crimes and treatments of the prisoners. Students were in awe when they saw the ruins and experienced the eerie feel of the prison as they listened intently to the stories told by the tour guides. The tour guides were in character for the whole day - as Prisoner 31 and 321 and the Warden. They watched a re-enactment of some of the punishments that were relatively common to the prisoners, including lashings, solitary confinement and removal of rations.
After enjoying lunch under the huge Moreton Bay fig trees, it was time to board the boat and return to the 21st Century. It was a great excursion and the students learnt a lot by being sent to prison (for a day).