Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Adventure of a Lifetime

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Adventure of a Lifetime

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Byline: Mrs McLachlan

ON MONDAY morning May 27, which was very cold, St AndrewCOs Year 5/6 left the school grounds at 6am on an eye opening adventure to Lightning Ridge. They had a playground crawl through all the towns on their journey to the Ridge, with the playground at Moree winning the award for the best playground.

After a long day on the road, 18 tired future miners pulled into Lorne Station on the outskirts of the Ridge, they witnessed their first outback sunsets, which they later named an opal sunset.

Tuesday morning saw them walking into their first underground opal mine, where they were taught the ins and outs of opal mining. The students couldnCOt wait to get back to the surface to find their first opal. Luana was the first to strike pay dirt! Mrs McLachlan had to drag them away from the noodling pile so as they could visit John MurrayCOs Art Gallery. Here they were enthralled with vivid colours of his artwork along with the way he injected Lightning Ridge humour into his artwork.

The highlight of the afternoon was the studentCOs first visit to the famous Bore Baths. It was with trepidation they walked down the steps into the water.

The look on their faces as they experienced walking into forty degree water was a sight to see. They all lolled about in the water until sunset when they witnessed a more impressive display of GodCOs handiwork in another amazing sunset.

Bed beckoned them that night after a long day of first experiences.

It was an early rise in the morning, as they had a 100 kilometre drive out to the Grawin Opal Fields where they were able to see how the opal miners were living; it was a tad unbelievable for the students to see people living in tin shacks and old caravans on their claims.

The students were all keen to arrive at the noodling pile where they thought they were going to find the opal that would be worth a fortune, especially a black opal with a good flash of red in it. …

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