School excursion

Aboriginal culture

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, Hunter Wetlands National Park

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Overview

Experience Ash Island in Hunter Wetlands National Park through the eyes of an Aboriginal person on this Stage 2 (Years 3-4) Aboriginal culture geography excursion. Through first-hand experiences you'll learn about the culture of the Awabakal People.

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Hunter Wetlands National Park is an internationally significant (Ramsar-listed) wetland consisting of Kooragang and Shortland wetlands and a wildlife corridor connecting Ironbark Creek, the Hunter River and Ash Island. On this school excursion, students will go on a bushwalk, hear Dreamtime stories and take part in Aboriginal cultural activities. Through engaging with Aboriginal culture, students will learn why this place is important to the Awabakal People.

For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers

Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Learning area Geography
Student outcomes

GE2-1. Examines features and characteristics of places and environments

GE2-2. Describes the ways people, places and environments interact

GE2-3. Examines differing perceptions about the management of places and environments

GE2-4. Acquires and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry

Objectives

Students will:

  • Recognise that Aboriginal people are the first Australians
  • Investigate the connections that the Awabakal People have to the land, sea and animals of this place.
  • Hear stories to understand why this place is important to Awabakal People and how it can be cared for
  • Find out how Awabakal People describe the weather and the seasons
  • Locate the places they know to create a sense of place within Awabakal Country
  • Engage with local Aboriginal culture through fun learning activities
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions of a local Awabakal Person

Excursion details

When

Weekdays all year.

Where
Hunter Wetlands National Park
Duration
4hrs
Grading
Medium. Guided activities in a suburban national park, on formed and uneven bushwalking tracks, and on a grassed picnic area.
Price

$380 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.

Accessibility
Medium
Meeting point
Ash Island Schoolhouse carpark, Ash Island.
Equipment
provided
No. All equipment is provided.
Booking
If you would like to organise a NPWS school excursion please get in touch with local staff or use the 'Enquire' link for the online form.
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Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/education/stage-2-geography-aboriginal-culture-hunter-wetlands-national-park/local-alerts

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Info for teachers

All the practical information you need to know about Aboriginal culture.

Program outline

  • Welcome, introductions, safety briefing and acknowledgement of Country.
  • Bushwalk – environment and culture
  • Morning tea
  • Aboriginal cultural activities. Cultural activities can include weapons and tools, bush foods or art.
  • Local Dreamtime stories
  • Conclusion and farewell

Getting there and parking

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    Travelling toward Newcastle on the Pacific Highway turn left and cross the Ash Island bridge. Take the first right turn and the school house is the next turn on the right.

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    What to bring

    Please wear fully enclosed shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear, and lunch which should be low waste with a refillable water bottle. Students should bring gear in a backpack or similar (not plastic bags).

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    Safety messages

    Pre activity briefing: participants will be briefed at the start of the activity/day.

    Safety equipment: NPWS staff carry radios and first aid kits, hold current first aid certificates and are aware of emergency procedures.

    Staff accreditation: NPWS staff have current Senior First Aid accreditation. They are experienced in working with groups of students in the natural environment and have excellent knowledge of the specific areas they are visiting including potential hazards. NPWS is committed to a Child Safe and Friendly Environment. Our staff have been screened for child-related employment and have completed a Working with Children Check.

    Emergencies: NPWS staff are trained to deal with emergencies and emergency procedures are in place. Ongoing supervision of a student following first aid treatment will be the responsibility of the visiting school.

    Risk assessment and risk benefits

    Our rangers and guides have the technical skill and experience to assess the risks and the benefits of a variety of activities delivered as part of our learning programs.

    We believe in including opportunities that allow students to learn and experience for themselves through exploration in the natural environment.

    Please make your own risk assessment based on the information provided. Detailed potential risks and controls are provided for the site to assist teachers in risk management planning. Teachers and carers should be aware of, and consider the needs, abilities and medical conditions of students when visiting this site. The supervision of students remains the responsibility of the teacher. The school must ensure an adequate number of adult supervisors are present.

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - medium

    Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.