St Joseph's students climbed aboard the Oscar W steam paddler on Monday.

Nicki Clifford's Year 5 class 5C were the last class of the day to have a ride on the historical Oscar W paddle steamer. Photo: Nick Grimm

Nicki Clifford's Year 5 class 5C were the last class of the day to have a ride on the historical Oscar W paddle steamer. Photo: Nick Grimm

Students from St Joseph’s school spent time on Monday travelling up-and-down the Murray River on the historical Oscar W.

Students from years three and five were given the opportunity to climb aboard as the paddle steamer passed through town on its way to Wellington.

Year 3 teacher and event coordinator Sue Christian said the students boarded in a class-by-class order. 

“There was no way we could have fit all of the kids on at once, so the people running the Oscar W were great by letting classes hop on and off all for most of the day,” Ms Christian said.

Learning the history of the paddler, along with the history of our stretch of the river, ties into the curriculum, Ms Christian said. 

“We’ve been lucky enough to have been doing this for the last few years and it’s great to be able to teach the kids some history in a fun, hands on way is great.” 

Ms Christian said the day wouldn’t be possible without volunteers, including parents and workers on the Oscar W.

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