Goolwa Primary School students take a ride on PS Oscar W

All Aboard: Goolwa Primary students enjoy a ride and history lesson aboard the PS Oscar W. Photo: Supplied.
All Aboard: Goolwa Primary students enjoy a ride and history lesson aboard the PS Oscar W. Photo: Supplied.

More than 80 excited Goolwa Primary School students recently had the opportunity to take to the water and enjoy a ride upon the steamboat PS Oscar W.

On Tuesday, March 23, the excited students along with teachers and parents eagerly marched down to the Goolwa Wharf where the historic boat lay docked and waiting.

Classes at the school have recently been learning about the history of the steamboat and the region, and the Friends of PS Oscar W group kindly offered four classes of the school's youngest students a ride upon the vessel at no charge.

As Year 1/2 classes joined the Receptions and stepped aboard, the students were amazed to see history come to life.

One gleeful six-year-old was heard exclaiming "It's just like the pictures!"

Secretary of the Friends of PS Oscar W, Mark Commane said the group would continue to work with the school to offer rides for future students.

"It's really exciting to think the local school is becoming involved with Oscar W and we're exceptionally keen to see this continue as an annual event," he said.

At lunch time on the day after the trip, an unusual level of excitement surrounded the wooden 'Matilda 2 steamboat model which has long sat in the Junior Primary playground at Goolwa Primary. A flurry of students dashed about on the deck, manned her wheel, and shoveled bark-chips into her imaginary boiler with plastic spades.