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SHPS Visit to Eleven Eighty

We were delighted to welcome the children from Stage 1 and Stage 2 at Shoalhaven Heads Public School to visit us at Eleven Eighty last week to learn about what school would have been like for them had they been born in Shoalhaven Heads 100 years ago, when they would have attended school at our site when the property was known as the Coolangatta Public School (C1861 – 1959)

We decided, with the help of the teaching faculty at SHPS, to bring the children out in small groups so that we could make the sessions fun and interactive.

We set ourselves up in the old Coolangatta School Hall,  which had you been born in the Shoalhaven Heads/Coolangatta region anywhere from 70-160 years ago, would have been the actual room where children attended school.

We talked about the major differences between school life today and school life at Coolangatta School, 100 years ago.  Some key points we noted were:

  • Walking the 5km to school across marshland, often with your only pair of shoes tied around your neck, so they wouldn’t be muddy for the classroom.
  • One single classroom with all ages in one class.  The children were very interested to look at some original class photos and noted that there was even a baby in the photo in its sibling’s arms.
  • One teacher for the whole school who lived on site.  We discussed that teachers back in the 19th century often had no qualifications or teaching experience and only claim to fame was that they were literate!  The children felt that the focus on the 3 R’s – Arithmetic, Reading and Writing, and learning by rote sounded very boring.
  • The lack of electricity meaning that they would have relied on natural light or candles and an open wood fire for heat in the winter.
  • It was great to be able to show them an original blackboard and chalk and slate that they would have used for copying down.

The favourite part of the presentation was talking about “The Cane”.  The children just couldn’t believe that a teacher could hit you and often for something as small as not paying attention or talking to your friend.  The boys, as you imagine just loved it, but some of the girls looked wide eyed and somewhat horrified.

It was fabulous that a lot of the children had done their homework before visiting us and many had stories to tell of older family members who went to school at the Coolangatta site who had memories to share.

After this, it was time to get the children moving.  We picked 3 games to play that would most certainly have been played at the Old Coolangatta site.  Firstly, the children had a choice of “Fly” or Hopscotch and then we just had to have a tunnel ball tournament.  Displayed in the school hall are the original sports day flags from the 1940’s where it appears that the Coolangatta School were a force to be reckoned with in the Illawarra district when it came to Tunnel ball so we thought it only fitting that we all gave it a go.

Just before heading home, we gave the children a look through the train carriage, which although wouldn’t have been there in the time of the school, is extremely well known to the local area from when it served cream teas in the days of the Pottery.  In fact ,a number of children told me that their parents remembered being taken there for a treat or indeed one of their parents had worked there for a time.

It was a wonderful community day, one which we have wanted to put on for the children of SHPS for a long time.  Overall, the children felt that school life was much better today!!  We thought the children were a credit to their parents, the teachers, the school and the community.  They were fantastic:  They were so well behaved, and all contributed to the discussions.  We loved having them visit us for the day.  Thank you SHPS.

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Jess D

The unique venue catered for our family requirements and beyond with many personalised details. Every part of the venue was utilised from the train carriage, the on-site accomodation, through to the beautifully decorated bar and iconic tree swing.

Our wedding getaway consisted of 3 days and 2 nights surrounded with loved ones onsite. We enjoyed great company, good food, fun lawn games, and created many wonderful memories. The venue was perfect for our needs. It was kid and dog friendly, spacious, clean, offered many entertainment spaces, and felt like a home away from our home.

We cannot thank Reanah enough for her support and recommendations. We are so grateful to have engaged such talented vendors who went out of their way to make our day special, thank you so much!

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I am in love with Eleven Eighty! Such a great DIY venue with accommodation, a well thought-out layout with different spaces hosting such an eclectic vibe to truly bring out your personality. The Owners & staff are so incredible to work alongside and we love planning & coordinating there. The courtyard is to die for!

Jess – Planned By Page

What a stunning venue, the way the light filters through the surrounding trees into the courtyard in the afternoon is just something else. They have thought of everything here you will need to make your wedding day perfect. Beautiful spaces to get ready in, the most divine settings for your reception and stunning photo opportunities, Eleven Eighty has it all.

Lean and Lens Photography

From the moment you enter Eleven Eighty you will be swept up by its character and charm. It really is a wonderland of the unexpected, every turn you take leads you to something more to be discovered. So many incredible options within this special property. The team have worked tirelessly to restore this historical venue with so much love and care.

Candice Seymour

Eleven Eighty has to be the best venue on the south coast for a funky lux wedding or to be honest, any event that you need to be seriously special. The place is like a treasure trove filed with beautiful thoughtfully curated objects and super styled so that every different area is truly unique. There are so many gorgeous settings all just perfectly put together. The vintage train carriage blew me away.

Gaynor Tracey

We fell in love with Eleven Eighty because it’s a super unique venue. We knew we wanted something a little less traditional with a cool, relaxed party vibe and felt that Eleven Eighty really delivered on this. We especially love the courtyard and alfresco dining aspect of the venue and the rustic vibe of the bar.

Rachel Appleby

WOW! An absolute sensory overload from the moment you pull into the driveway, there’s is sooo much to take in! Interesting, eclectic, full of character, it’s almost too much! It’s FANTASTIC! Love it! Just spent 3 nights there for New Years celebrations and what a brilliant time was had, the venue is perfect stage to have an incredible gathering.

David Annett

After visiting Eleven Eighty I was amazed by the effort that was put into every detail to truly capture the unique character and beauty that it has. The owners and manager were very friendly and went above and beyond to accommodate our upcoming event. We are all super excited!!!!

Kylie Brown

Love this beautiful property! Ticks all the boxes for an ideal wedding venue and such a lovely space to style, the courtyard is magical at night to dine and dance under. We love it!

The Wedding and Event Creators

I went to an event at Eleven Eighty, I felt like I was transported back in time. Full of character and history with all the different parts to explore and have fun. It was an unforgettable experience and I look forward to the next time.

Lucy Brown

The most idyllic, tranquil setting that makes you feel relaxed the minute you get there! The property is tastefully decorated, the team are so friendly and the facilities are awesome. Highly recommend it!

Michelle Rubinstein

Grounds of Alexandria meets Soho House meets Alice in Wonderland…… Wow! How did we not know about this place? So incredibly beautiful with hidden treasures and unexpected plot twists around every corner. Riddled with character, old world charm and modern luxury, I really can’t think of an event space that has as much wow factor as this did.

Angie Laxton

We have booked our special day here. We were looking for a venue that could show our personalities, and Eleven Eighty has plenty of that! It is so cute wherever you look. Reanah is super friendly and easy to talk to. She has taken our special day as hers and was super helpful with info and suppliers. I’m so excited about our wedding and spending it here with our families!

Vanessa Vernazza

“We had our wedding at Eleven Eighty in November and it was truly the most magical experience for us and also for all of our guests. The grounds and venue are simply beautiful. Everything is so well maintained and the attention is second to none!”

Phil & Sue - Sydney

“I facilitated a corporate away day for a Sydney-based team, and found the historic and quirky venue was a great experience, with all we needed for a productive and creative day included – even lawn games for brain breaks and team building!”

Anthony - Berry

“An out-of-the-ordinary South Coast getaway with lovely hosts Richard and Clare. They were extremely welcoming and ensured we were well looked after, helping us arrange a private chef and visits to the local attractions.”

Liat Gould - Sydney

“There are some amazing quirks on this property that we absolutely loved; the converted train carriage was fantastic! The house was immaculate and Clare and Richard are amazing, down to earth hosts – we felt well looked after from start to finish.”

Mark Hatnean - Sydney

“Fantastic, a touch of class with an oldy worldy feel. Perfect to escape the city, do nothing at all or go all out and fill your weekend with wineries, ziplining, kayaking and more. Did I mention there’s a train carriage in the garden?!”

Jay Hobson - Sydney
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