School incursion

School incursion: Learn about Gumbaynggirr life

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), History, North Coast

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Gumbaynggirr life and culture is brought to your classroom in this Stage 2 (Years 3-4) History incursion. Students will learn about the Gumbaynggirr spirituality and their concepts of connection to Country and community with an Aboriginal Education Ranger.

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From the comfort of their classroom, students will journey through the Dreamtime history of the Gumbaynggirr People. Together we’ll explore traditional culture, and the deep connection to Country and concepts of spirituality and community held by the Gumbaynggirr.

Through fun activities and use of traditional tools and music, students will develop a deep appreciation for the Gumbaynggirr way of life.

They’ll develop an understanding of Aboriginal culture, and the rich inter-generational wisdom held by the world’s oldest living civilisation.

This incursion is designed to support the K-10 history syllabus topic Community and Remembrance.

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

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

HT2-1. Identifies celebrations and commemorations of significance in Australia and the world

HT2-2. Describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time

HT2-5. Applies skills of historical inquiry and communication


Students will:

  • Recognise that Aboriginal people are the first Australians
  • Investigate the connections that the Gumbaynggirr People have to the land, sea and animals of this place
  • Learn about the Gumbaynggirr way of life, culture, spirituality and their concepts of connection to Country and community
  • Engage with and have the opportunity to ask questions of Gumbaynggirr People.

Excursion details


Weekdays in school term.

Available on request.
North Coast
1hr 30min

$260 per group (includes GST).

Meeting point
Our NPWS Aboriginal guide will come to your class.
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Program outline

  • Welcome to Country by local Aboriginal guide in Gumbaynggirr language and in English
  • What is Gumbaynggirr Country? Where do you live in Gumbaynggirr Country?
  • Gumbaynggirr place names and language
  • Gumbaynggirr Dreaming stories, including local stories
  • Break
  • Totems
  • Traditional local stone artefacts, weapons and tools
  • Gumbaynggirr bush tucker and medicine
  • Recap and farewell

What to bring

We recommend everyone wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Maps and downloads

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.