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We as educators adhere to Yindyamarra* (Lore) and honour Traditional Wiradyuri Cultural teaching and practise traditional “Men’s and Women’s business.”

That means there are certain things that only Men/Boys can do or teach and certain things that only women/girls can do or teach.

We pride ourselves on the belief that everything that we teach to groups is culturally safe and culturally appropriate in accordance with the Wiradyuri people.

 

* Yindyamarra (Lore)
Respect, to be polite, to do so slowly, to be gentle and honour.

 

 

Activities

  1. TRADITIONAL WIRADYURI ART:

 

Explore Wiradyuri traditional art, students learn the meaning of identity through colours, symbols and lines expanding their creative skills. Students will take away a singular Aboriginal art banner designed and created with teamwork.

Duration: 1 Hour – COST $12.50 per student

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

 

  1. TRADITIONAL DANCE WORKSHOP:

Package 1: Learn about traditional song and dance, your guide will talk and demonstrate the different dances and when and why they were used. You will get to participate and try to dance and use Aboriginal musical instruments.

Duration: 1 Hour – COST $12.50 per student

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

 

Package 2: Experience the “Wiradyuri Dancers”. A full demonstration of Aboriginal Dancers, learn about traditional song and dance, your guide will talk and demonstrate the different dances and when and why they were used. You will get to participate and try to dance and use Aboriginal musical instruments.

Duration: 1.5 Hours – COST $25.00 per student (Subject to availability)

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

 

  1. TRADITIONAL WIRADYURI LANGUAGE:

Learn to Count, typical greetings, body parts, animal’s relationships on country amongst a host of other words.

Duration: 1 Hour – Cost from $10.00

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

 

  1. TRADITIONAL BUSH TUCKER AND MEDICINE:

Learn about the traditions that have been passed down through the generations of the Wiradyuri ancestors about different plants and animals used for food and medicines. Dreamtime (creation of Earth), Wiradyuri people have used plants and animals for both nutrition and medicine. You will be shown different methods of collecting and cooking the food. You will hear stories passed down throughout the generations by your guide and will also give you an insight to Aboriginal Culture, Wiradyuri Culture in Bathurst and consider the connection between land and life. Tasting of Kangaroo, Emu and Crocodile is on offer and make your own Jonny Cakes with choice of Golden Syrup or Bush Jams for Morning or Afternoon Tea. Can include Morning Tea, Lunch (BBQ) and Afternoon Tea

Duration: 4.5 Hours – Cost starting from $49.50

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

 

  1. STONE TOOL MAKING:

Package 1: Using traditional materials gathered from surrounding bushland, you can learn about the stone tools that were used for 1,000’s years, hammer stones, axe heads, stone knives, spear heads and arrow heads being made and learn about what they were used for. (Hammer stone and 1 other)

Duration: 1 Hour – $12.50 (Males Only)

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

Package 2:  Using traditional materials gathered from surrounding bushland you will learn how to make a stone axe (or other), that you can take home with you. Be amazed to discover how to make bush glue from kangaroo dung and sap from trees. Hands on

Duration: 2-2.5 Hours – $24.00 (Males Only)

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

 

  1. BOOMERANG MAKING AND THROWING

Package 1: Learn how to throw a boomerang and maybe have it come back to you. On this activity, you will also learn that there is more to a boomerang than being a curved stick, discover intriguing stories about Wiradyuri lore and customs find out how, when, and why the Boomerang was key to the Aboriginal survival.

Duration: 1 Hour – $12.50 (Males Only)

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

Package 2: All of package 1 and students get to finish making a Boomerang that can be personalised with Art and taken home to keep, learn how to throw a spear (no tip) and find out how to make them, to gain an understanding of their importance throughout the Australian Aboriginal Culture.

Duration: 2-2.5 Hours – $24.00 (Males Only)

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

 

  1. COOLAMON MAKING DEMONSTRATION:

A Coolamon is a dish like a bowl or pot.  Coolamons were used by women to carry water or food. They were made from the elbow of a root or branch of a tree.  Some were made of bark that was cut from a tree and the sides curved up by moulding it with fire.  The inside was smoothed by scraping it with a sharp stone or shells.

Duration: POA

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

 

  1. SPEAR MAKING DEMONSTRATION AND THROWING:

The Wiradyuri fished from canoes and hunted with spears and nets for duck. You’d think that throwing a spear is a simple matter, but it takes skill, technique, a knowledge of material and procedures for safety. Be a part of this fun, interactive experience. On this tour, you will also learn traditional spear making skills and discover intriguing stories about Wiradyuri lore and customs

Duration: 1 Hour – $12.50 (Males Only)

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

 

  1. ABORIGINAL WIRADYURI WEAVING:

Women spent many hours weaving a variety of items used in everyday life. They used grass, water reeds, animal fur and other useful plants to make baskets, scoops, dilly bags, mats, mourning bags. Participate in this activity as you try your hands on to produce an artefact that you can take home with you.

Duration: 1.5 Hour – $15.00 (Females Only)

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

 

  1. ELDERS CAMPFIRE:

Sit around the campfire being enthralled by dreamtime stories, maybe you will hear the Rainbow Serpent story or the Wahluu story maybe the Willy Wag Tail, Platypus or Lyrebird stories, students can participate or just sit and listen to these wonderful stories. Dreaming stories pass on knowledge, cultural values, and belief systems to later generations.

Duration: 1 Hour Cost $12.50

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

 

  1. SKY LORE:

This talk will present Wiradyuri stories of the night sky. It details Aboriginal interpretations of many of the constellation patterns familiar to Western Societies. More importantly, Wiradyuri stories contain vital environmental and social messages as well as notice of calendrical events such as when to go looking for particular foods and when not to bother. Stories are illustrated with images and planetarium software. This activity will be delivered by Professor David McKinnon or his understudy and can be done day or night!

All stories have been made available by the Wiradyuri Elders and permission granted by them for their retelling.

Duration: 1.5 Hours Cost $17.50

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

 

  1. ARTEFACTS:

Gather around the Elders to see and hear about what tools and implements were used in the daily lives, from Stone Tools, Hunting weapons, Coolamons or message stick to name but a few, you will see artefacts that could be up to 70,000 years old!

Duration: 1 Hour – $10.00

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

 

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

  1. SHEEP AND CATTLE SHOW:

Listen to the story about some of the leading sheep and cattle breeds found in NSW in the famous Bathurst Sheep and Cattle Drome. Watch the animals as they parade before you and move to their place on the stage. You can join in and milk a cow, feed some animals, and learn more about life on a farm in the country.

Duration: 75 Minutes – Cost –  $18.00 * $16.50 if staying overnight.

Suitable for all educational however some activities are changed to suit different ages.

 

  1. BUSH DANCE:

Held in our Agrodome have fun learning various styles of dance from Old School to modern day era finishing with a disco.

Duration: 1.5 Hours – Cost – $9.50

Suitable for all educational levels.

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

 

  1. ANIMAL PARK:

Featuring Australian native animals and farm animals with nursery

Duration: N/A – Cost – $3.00

Suitable for all educational levels.

 

  1. FARM RIDE:

See how the animals live in their paddocks on the farm from our unique carriages pulled by our big red tractor.

Duration: 20 Minutes – Cost – $3.00

Suitable for all educational levels (Max load 60 Children).

Please Note – Animal Park and Farm Ride together $5.00

 

  1. WEATHER TALK:

What causes it? Why does it change? Why does it snow or rain? What makes the air move to make the wind? Why are clouds different colours? Why is it hotter in summer than in winter?

This talk is illustrated using many images. Simple physical concepts drawn from the Earth & Space and Physical sciences are employed in an integrated way to explain the questions raised above.

Duration: 1 Hour –     Cost – $11.00

1.5 Hours – Cost – $15.00

Grades: F (K), 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 – Age appropriate topics are chosen to address the curriculum standards.

 

  1. WHIP CRACKING AND ARCHERY:

A stock whip is a type of whip made of a long, tapered length of flexible, plaited leather with a stiff handle that is used when mustering cattle. Throughout Australia stockmen and drovers have used the stock whip since the early 19th century and it is still the preferred whip used by Australian cattlemen and women today. It was designed to move mobs of cattle by making it crack, which would encourage the mob to keep moving. It is not usually used for sheep. Enjoy watching an expert demonstration and then learn to crack the whip yourself and test your skills to see if you can hit the bullseye on the Archery target.

Duration: 1 Hour – Cost – $11.00 – Suitable for all educational levels.

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school

 

  1. OBSERVATORY – PLANETARIUM SHOW:

On clear nights, we will go outside to observe the heavens both with the unaided eye and with a computer controlled telescope. What we will see will depend on the time of the year that you come to Heritage Park. We may see the Moon, planets and other deep sky objects like stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.

On nights when it is cloudy, we will stay inside and do workshops with models and/or a planetarium type show covering aspects of the Australian Science Curriculum at the appropriate level.

Duration: 90 Minutes – Cost $17.50

Suitable for all educational levels.

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

 

  1. SPECIALISED TRIVIA NIGHT:

After your Heritage Park activities, why not end the day and test your knowledge on what you have learned throughout the day by a customized game of trivia specially put together for the activities you participated in and maybe win a prize.

Duration: 1 Hour – Cost – $8.00

Suitable for all educational levels.

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

 

  1. KINDERGARTEN PACKAGE:

The little ones can enjoy the famous Bathurst Sheep and Cattle show, experience Wildlife and animal nursery and finish with a tractor ride around the farm.

Duration: 2 Hours – Cost – $22.00

Suitable for Kindergarten Years 1 and 2.

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

 

Note:

Every effort will be made to ensure that schools receive their scheduled or requested booking times however activity times may vary.

Some activities may require limitations on class size.

Some activities may be altered due to adverse weather and may have to be cancelled, every effort will be made to have an indoor or wet weather contingency plan.

The prices quoted are from September 2017 and are subject to change – any advertised price will be locked in upon booking confirmation.