Aboriginal Experience

History / Geography

Syllabus Outcomes GEe-1 | HTe-1

Transport Walking Grade Excursion & Incursion

$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. This price excludes transport. (Minimum charge of x35 students).

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About Aboriginal Experience

Immerse your students in one of the world’s oldest surviving cultures on this special in-depth incursion which will bring them face-to-face with Aboriginal history, society and practices. Take them back thousands of years through observing Aboriginal tools, weapons and archaeological artefacts, learning about what makes places special to different people, how we can look after these places and how stories of the past are told and shared. On this action-packed day, the experienced Gumaraa Rangers will teach your students about bush tucker, let them try their hand at boomerang throwing, and even partake in a traditional Ochre Ceremony. Teachers and students alike will leave in awe of the richness of Aboriginal culture and awash in knowledge about the original custodians of this land.

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Syllabus Outcomes Addressed

GEe-1 identifies places and develops an understanding of the importance of places to people
HTe-1 communicates stories of their own family heritage and the heritage of others

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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.

Transport

Leave it all with us! Whilst you are welcome to organise your own transport to and from our adventures, alternatively you can book with our Ranger Jamie buses or coaches. Ask us for a transport quote and we can take care of everything!

Please note, all coaches include seatbelts for students however, buses do not.

What's Included

Completed Risk Assessment

Syllabus Content Focus

Key inquiry questions answered:

  • What makes a place special?
  • How can we look after the places we live in?
  • What stories do other people tell about the past?
  • How can stories of the past be told and shared?

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: 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! On an exciting bush walk, 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

Locations

South Sydney

  • Bundeena – TOP PICK
  • Carss Park Bush Flat

Illawarra

  • Bass Point Marine Reserve
  • Blackbutt Forest Reserve Shellharbour
  • Killalea State Park Shellharbour
  • Lake Illawarra Foreshore
  • Minnamurra River
  • Stanwell Park Beach Reserve
  • Wollongong Botanic Gardens

View the Google Map below for marked locations.

$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. This price excludes transport. (Minimum charge of x35 students).

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Please note this will be an additional cost to the excursion price and a seperate quote will be provided to you.

Please note this is a tentative booking. After your booking request is submitted, we will be in touch via email to confirm the requested date and arrange the final details for the booking.

South Sydney

Illawarra

Title Address Description
Bundeena
Bundeena NSW 2230, Australia
Carss Park Bush Park
Carss Bush Park, Carwar Ave, Carss Park NSW 2221, Australia
Stanwell Park Beach Reserve
Stanwell Park Beach Reserve, Stanwell Park NSW 2508, Australia
Wollongong Botanic Gardens
Wollongong Botanic Garden, Murphys Ave, Keiraville NSW 2500, Australia
Killalea State Park Shellharbour
Killalea Reserve, 45A Killalea Dr, Shell Cove NSW 2529, Australia
Blackbutt Forest Reserve Shellharbour
Blackbutt Forest Reserve, Shellharbour Rd, Shellharbour NSW 2529, Australia
Minnamurra Rainforest
345 Minnamurra Falls Rd, Jamberoo NSW 2533, Australia
Bass Point Marine Reserve
Bass Point Reserve, Bass Point Tourist Rd, Shell Cove NSW 2529, Australia
Lake Illawarra Foreshore
Reddall Reserve, Shellharbour Rd & Reddall Parade, Lake Illawarra NSW 2528, Australia