Aboriginal Experience Incursion

History / Geography

Syllabus Outcomes GE3-2 | GE3-3 | HT3-4

$22.00

All parents and teachers can attend for no additional cost.

+GST. As this program is an educational service, all GST charged can be reimbursed in its entirety by the Government. (Minimum charge of x35 students).

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About Aboriginal Experience - Stage 3

Do you want your students to learn about traditional Aboriginal languages from the land they live on? Would you like them to be able to identify the special relationships Aboriginal people have with their land? Would your students enjoy an interactive day filled with exciting activities such as boomerang-throwing, string-making and participating in a traditional ochre and smoke ceremony? If so, let us take the planning off your hands. In this excursion, students will learn about Australia pre- and post European settlement, discussing the Aboriginal way of life before the First Fleet landed on Australian shores – such as what they traded, what they ate, and how settlement changed one of the world’s oldest surviving cultures forever.

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Syllabus Outcomes Addressed

GE3-2 explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments
GE3-3 compares and contrasts influences on the management of places and environments
HT3-4 describes and explains the struggles for rights and freedoms in Australia, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
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Arrive/Depart

Full Day Excursion (4 Hours) 10am – 2pm

Time allocation for excursions can be tailored and adjusted to suit your individual school timetable and scheduling.

What's Included

Completed Risk Assessment

Syllabus Content Focus

Key inquiry questions answered:

  • How do people and environments influence one another?
  • How do people influence places and the management of spaces within them?
  • How do people’s connections to places affect their perception of them?
  • How did colonial settlement change the environment?
  • How did Australian society change throughout the twentieth century?

Day Outline

Arrival / Morning Tea / Toilet Break
(approx. 20 minutes)
Introductory Presentation The day kicks off with a meet and greet with the enthusiastic Gumaraa rangers before enjoying an interactive and engaging presentation.
(approx. 25 minutes)
Grouping: Students are divided into their groups of approximately x 30 students and are allocated a Gumaraa ranger for each activity.
Activity 1 Students participate in each activity for approximately 30 minutes.
Activity 2 Students participate in each activity for approximately 30 minutes.
Lunch / Toilet Break
(approx. 25 minutes)
Activity 3 Students participate in each activity for approximately 30 minutes.
Activity 4 Students participate in each activity for approximately 30 minutes.
Wrap Up / Conclusion / Toilet Break
(approx. 20 minutes)

Activities

INTRODUCTION: (In hall)
The day kicks off with a meet and greet with our knowledgeable Aboriginal Gumaraa Rangers, before enjoying an interactive and engaging presentation. Students will be drawn into an open discussion about Aboriginal Australians, and gain an appreciation for the ancestral culture that has occupied this land for over 40,000 years. They’ll hear stories from the Dreamtime, hear firsthand stories about living on traditional lands, and see, feel and touch Aboriginal artefacts to learn how Indigenous Australians engage with their culture and lands. They’ll be challenged to think critically about the impact that the arrival of colonial settlers had on Aboriginal lifestyles and livelihoods. This insightful and authentic introductory presentation is sure to bolster a strong sense of empathy and connection with students’ home and lifestyle.

ACTIVITY 1: Traditional Ochre Ceremony
Students will begin their understanding of Aboriginal traditions by taking part in an Ochre ceremony, where they’ll paint their faces with natural ochre as a sign of initiation and welcome to Indigenous practices and lands.

ACTIVITY 2: Dancing
Students will get to partake in traditional and ceremonial dances, which play an important role in the spirituality of indigenous Australian tribes. One of the major purposes was to tell stories that were passed through the generations, they would be about the land, animals, dreamtime and Aboriginal people. Stories from ancestors on first contacts.

ACTIVITY 3: Bush plants and medicines
Students will learn how different plants are used as remedies for common illnesses, and how this traditional knowledge has been passed down for generations. They may even be surprised to discover how western medicine has incorporated and adapted Aboriginal medicine and techniques! They’ll find out how to search for and identify “bush tucker” – plants used as food sources, and gain an in-depth understanding of the sacred relationship between the Australian continent and Indigenous Australians.

ACTIVITY 4: Artefacts
Students will be shown how to use real traditional artefacts such as boomerangs, spears, shields, dillybags and many other items, and discover how these items were used by Aboriginal Australians for occupations such as hunting, warfare, food preparation and making music or art. They’ll get to try their hand at boomerang and spear throwing, too! Boomerangs are made from a branch or root of a tree or bush, usually found in the mangroves, it’s carved into shape, moistened, bent and shaped and then smoothed and greased. Boomerangs are dangerous weapons and very important in Aboriginal culture. OR…. if your school doesn’t have space for boomerang throwing we can do an art project etc etc

$22.00

All parents and teachers can attend for no additional cost.

+GST. As this program is an educational service, all GST charged can be reimbursed in its entirety by the Government. (Minimum charge of x35 students).

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