Step out of the classroom and into the places where history lives on with Sydney Learning Adventures' curriculum-linked primary and secondary excursions. Our hands-on programs are implemented by a dynamic guide team and supported with first-class teacher resources.
We hope you can join us for an interactive, hands-on experience in Sydney's heritage and cultural precinct of The Rocks.
Stages 2 and 3: History and Geography
“Good insights and tour through Chinatown.”
“Engaging and interesting program, the key ceremony and book reading were the highlights.”
“Students were actively engaged and loved the treasure hunt format.”
Inquiry question: How have Chinese individuals and groups contributed to changes in our community over time?
Inquiry question: How has the Chinese community contributed to Australian society, and what key challenges have they experienced as individuals and as groups?
There are two main components to the program:
1. Chinatown (45 mins): students will experience the vibrancy and colour of Chinatown as our guides share stories of Chinese culture and community in relation to first contact, British colonisation, celebrations and commemorations.
Optional opportunity: Students can visit a Chinese bakery and purchase a bun or cake. (cost approx. $1 to $2)
(15 mins allowed for walking)
2. Chinese Garden of Friendship (1 hr): students will be guided on a quest to find an ancient Chinese story book hidden somewhere in the garden. On the journey students will solve riddles and complete tasks to piece together the legend of the Chinese zodiac. Students will also explore the garden’s features and characteristics, plus learn about how it is maintained, and the significance of the garden within Sydney’s Chinese community.
For more information on the programs or to book, please call us on (02) 9240 8552 or email email@example.com
Stages 4 and 5: History, Aboriginal Languages
Stages 4 to 6: Aboriginal Studies
“Relevant to new curriculum and knowledgeable guides who interact well with the students.”
“Excellent! Very informative and established links to curriculum very well. The program in general was excellent, but the tour along the harbour was the highlight.”
'Giba-Nura’ means ‘Rock Country’ in the language of the Gadigal people. Students will learn about the Gadigal people, their identity, heritage and experiences.
- Students learn about the Aboriginal heritage of the area.
- Students learn about Aboriginal identity and experiences through Aboriginal social and political history.
- Contemporary issues affecting Aboriginal people / communities are explored.
- Students learn about the local bush tucker, Aboriginal place names and Aboriginal protocols.
- Students visit The Rocks Discovery Museum to explore and engage with Aboriginal artefacts.
- Students gain an Aboriginal perspective through Aboriginal content.
The program starts at Tallawolladah Lawn (adjacent to the MCA), and stops include Bligh Barney Reserve, Campbells Cove, Hickson Reserve, Dawes Point Observatory, Foundation Park and The Rocks Discovery Museum.
For more information on the programs or to book, please call us on (02) 9240 8552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From 1 January 2017, Sydney Learning Adventures’ program prices will increase. Program bookings that have already been made for 2017 will not incur the price increases. All 2017 bookings made on or after 1 July 2016 will be charged at the new rates:
$14 Little Diggers
$14 Dirt Detectives
$14 Pieces of the Past
$15 Chinese whispers
$25 Stage 2 Package: Chinese Whispers and Dirt Detectives
$25 Stage 3 Package: Chinese Whispers and Pieces of the Past
$14 Cesspits and Old Rubbish
$14 Shopfront to Western Front
$14 Groundwork: Archaeology at the Big Dig
*All prices include GST
For more information about 2017 program prices, and to book, please call us on (02) 9240 8552 or email email@example.com.
Bangabaoui Aboriginal Cultural Harbour Cruise
We regret to advise that the Banagaboui program is no longer offered by Sydney learning Adventures. For information about cultural cruises, please contact the Tribal Warrior Association on (02) 9699 3491.
Alternatively, give us a call to book one of our other Aboriginal education programs - Ngara and Giba-Nura.
Walking The Rocks App
Now you can uncover the unique heritage heart of Sydney with an app that takes you on a self-guided tour of nooks, pathways and cobbled streets to reveal facinating facts about The Rocks. Sydney Cove and The Rocks have been pivotal in the development of the Australian nation for more than 200 years; for thousands of years before that, the Gadigal people utilised the fresh water of local streams and the abundant seafood found in Sydney Harbour.
Download the free app from the App store or Google Play.
- Gain an understanding of what to expect at The Big Dig when you book a program.
- See the unique hands-on learning experiences offered at The Big Dig.
- Reveal some of the resources and activities the programs offer.
- Preview the digsite and see the exclusive access students get on our programs.
- See the engagement and knowledge of our experienced guide team.
View our unique hands-on Big Dig archaeology programs for students in years 1-12 below.
Blog: History in the classroom – image makeover
Drawing on her experience as a secondary school teacher, volunteer archaeologist and education officer at the Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania, Sarah Stockwin blogs about why history has a serious image problem and how educators can turn boring on its head.
A great deal on a joint package
Sydney Learning Adventures and Sydney Observatory have teamed up to offer the following great discount:
Book SLA's Giba-Nura and Sydney Observatory's Aboriginal Astronomy program for the same day, and receive a $1 discount per student on each program.
SLA Term 2, 2016 Prize Winner
Congratulations to Conservatorium High School, the winner of our book prize for Term 2, 2016.
Thanks to everyone who filled in a program evaluation form, which are automatically entered into the draw for our book prize each term.
Pre-visit resource: The Rocks Beneath our Feet video
Last update: Wednesday 13 July 2016