Latecomers straggled in, flushed from having despatched a snake along the way, or having had trouble catching the pony. Banjo Paterson ... a#39;Seculara#39; allowed for religious instruction of a general kind. ... The rural teacher faced special problems over how the syllabus should relate to the hard realities of country life. Arithmetic and the virtues of hard work were stressed. Many schools organised young farmersa#39; or project clubs, and had gardens that earned money from eggs or produce.