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First Contacts Experience

History

Syllabus Outcomes HT2-2 | HT2-3 | HT2-4 | HT2-5

Transport

$19.90

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 First Contacts Experience

Allow your students to be transported back in time to the days of first contact and colonial exploration, as they dive deep to describe the people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects. Students will put themselves in the shoes of the European people who first set foot on Australia’s shores: James Cook, Abel Tasman, Matthew Flinders, Joseph Banks and Daniel Carl Solander and discover why these explorers travelled such great distances. They’ll learn about the effects of British colonisation in Australia, and discuss indigenous perspectives on European arrivals. They’ll examine the timeline of our country’s journey through time, from Aboriginal inhabitation to post-colonial Australia. In interactive and insightful guided tours of Sydney’s iconic Rocks district, students will dress up as migrants, convicts and soldiers to recreate the Sydney of the 19th century, and describe and explain how significant individual groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time. As they put on the clothing of early European settlers in Australia, they’ll apply skills of historical inquiry and communication as they empathise with the journeys of people whose stories shape the city’s past. This experience is sure to deepen their understanding and empathy for the struggles, challenges and triumphs that have made Sydney the great city it is today, including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; early traders, explorers and settlers, first fleeters and their descendants. Jump on the bus at the end of the day and beam back to the 21st century, having gained a new appreciation for the depth of experiences and perspectives that have made up our past.

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Syllabus Outcomes Addressed

HT2-2 describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time
HT2-3 describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects
HT2-4 describes and explains the effects of British colonisation in Australia
HT2-5 applies skills of historical inquiry and communication

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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

Would you like our help with transport? We can suggest a range of transport providers to help source and book a transport quote for you! We would highly recommend that you book directly through the transport providers.

Please be aware that we provide transport quotes as a service to help make your booking process easier for you. Transport companies are in no way affiliated with Ranger Jamie Tours.

What's Included

Supplementry Lesson Ideas Completed Risk Assessment

Syllabus Content Focus

Key inquiry questions answered

  • Why did the great journeys of exploration occur?
  • Why did Europeans settle in Australia?
  • What was the nature and consequence of contact between Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and early traders, explorers and settlers?

Stories of the First Fleet, including reasons for the journey, who travelled to Australia, and their experiences following arrival (ACHHK079)
Students:

  • identify reasons for the voyage of the First Fleet and explain why various groups were passengers
  • describe the establishment of the British colony at Port Jackson
  • using a range of sources, investigate the everyday life of ONE of the following who sailed on the First Fleet and lived in the early colony: a soldier, convict, ex-convict, official

Day Outline

Arrival / Morning Tea / Toilet Break
(approx. 20 minutes)
Introductory Presentation The day kicks off with a meet and greet with our enthusiastic Rangers followed by an interactive and engaging presentation.
(approx. 25 minutes)
Grouping: Students are divided into their groups of approximately x 30-35 students and are allocated a Ranger guide for each activity.
Walk 1 Students partake in each activity for approximately 50 minutes.
Walk 2 Students partake in each activity for approximately 50 minutes.
Lunch / Toilet Break
(approx. 25 minutes)
Activity 1 Students partake in each activity for approximately 20 minutes.
Activity 2 Students partake in each activity for approximately 20 minutes.
Wrap Up / Conclusion / Toilet Break
(approx. 20 minutes)

Activities

Introduction: The day kicks off with an exciting and engaging presentation with our rangers, where we’ll dive deep into the past and explore the arrival of European settlers and Explorers on our shores.

Activity 1: “Red Walk”: Rangers will take students on a fascinating walk filled with fun facts, focusing on the buildings and architecture required to establish a colony. We visit the bank, hospital, police station and sewer canal and relive stories from the past.

Activity 2: “Blue Walk”: Students will be led on a guided walk looking at real examples of historical housing and comparing the lives and living quarters of the affluent, wealthy and elite with those of the working class.

Activity 3: Creative Arts Activity: Students will sketch the view from Observatory Hill (Sydney Harbour Bridge and The Rocks) now (2022) and then sketch what they imagine it would have been like in 1788 comparing contemporary life to that of early European settlers in Australia

Activity 4: First Contacts Olympics: Students will compete in teams to win the ‘Ranger Jamie Olympics’ designed to reinforce information they’ve learned throughout the day which has been taken directly from the NESA syllabus.

Locations

Sydney City CBD

The Rocks – TOP PICK

View the Google Map below for marked locations.

$19.90

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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Would you like our help with transport?

Please note this will be an additional cost to the excursion price and a separate quote will be provided to you. This quote will be from an external transport company who will invoice you directly.

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.

Title Address Description
The Rocks
The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia