Community and Remembrance

Alpha farm 

Excursion Flyer (pdf 1023 KB)

Overview During the program students will explore the natural, cultural and historical significance of Kamay Botany Bay National Park. This program encourages students to enquire about the unique history of this site for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Students will follow the Burrawang Walk and the Monument Track to discover how the Aboriginal people and early Europeans used the land. They will enter Alpha Farmhouse as young students attending class 100 years ago and complete a lesson using a slate and chalk.


Learning experiences:

Classes will engage in some of the following activities:

  • investigation and comparison of Aboriginal and European culture, including watercraft, food, shelter, artifacts and communication
  • Aboriginal uses of natural resources used for food, medicine, tools and artifacts
  • exploration of monuments within the Park and the significance to our history
  • visit the museum to discover more about the traditional owners of the land, journey undertaken by James Cook on the Endeavour
  • complete their lessons using slates and chalk  in Alpha Farmhouse


Key enquiry Questions:

  • Who lived here first and how do we know?
  • How has our community changed? What features have been lost and what features have been retained?

    What is the nature of the contribution made by different groups and individuals in the community?

  • chalk board

    History Syllabus 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

    Cross-curriculum priorities

    perspectives of traditional Aboriginal lifestyle are integrated throughout the program.