On the 30th October, UNESCO Clubs – Adelaide Chapter awarded one of only four annual Achievement Awards to Urrbrae House’s Primary Schools History Program.

The award, which recognises the initiative as fostering the dissemination of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation objectives in society, was presented by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, and Mrs. Lan Le (who are patrons of the UNESCO Clubs – Adelaide Chapter) on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 at Northgate House at Unley.

Primarily run by Urrbrae House Historic Precinct Manager and Historian Lynette Zeitz  and Coordinator Amanda Jackson, as well as its many volunteers, this Program takes primary school students from years 4-6 on a journey back to the year 1892.

As those familiar with their Waite history would know, Urrbrae House was built in 1891 by Mr Peter Waite and his wife Matilda. The tour includes highlights such as ‘Learn to Write in Traditional Copperplate Cursive Style’, ‘Money in 1892’, ‘How to Make a Victorian Peg Doll’, and ‘Make Your Own Thaumatrope’. 19th Century dress-ups, a good dose of historical education, and other fun activities are also to be found in this experience.

For many years now the Program has been a success, with glowing reviews to boot.

“We played Croquet, had a tour around the house, ate delicious food and dressed up in very ladylike clothes. As soon as I stepped into the house I knew I was going to enjoy it from the very start… I also wish I lived there!”
Miss Constance, Bellevue Heights Primary School.

Congratulations to Urrbrae House’s Primary Schools History Program for their well deserved award.

From Left to Right: Amanda Jackson (volunteer coordinator), volunteer Yujia Gao, Professor Eileen Scott, and volunteer Lyn MacKay.

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