* Poihākena tours: stories of Māori in Sydney
“The guides were fabulous showing the class and myself the connections between the Māori culture and early Sydney. All the information was delivered in a meaningful way to our yr 3 group. I would strongly recommend this tour to any school exploring the history of Sydney. The hangi was fantastic value and added depth to the kids understanding of traditional Māori practices. I hope we can do the tour again next year.” Year 3 teacher review, 1st April 2015. 5/5 stars on Trip Advisor.
“This was an excellent experience to culminate our unit of work on People and their Beliefs – New Zealand. The guides were friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about making it the best possible experience. The hāngi was a real highlight for our kids and the content and timing of the day was well planned and age appropriate.” Year 4 teacher review, 1st April 2015. 5/5 stars on Trip Advisor.
“Māori Sydney is a topic that has come into much sharper focus with the introduction of the new syllabus. The Polynesian expansion across the Pacific segues perfectly into the Aboriginal and Indigenous peoples, colonisation and conflict topic, and this outstanding tour offers the opportunity for teachers and students to discover the place of Māori in Australian history. For two hours you journey through a Sydney that you barely knew existed. Based in The Rocks, the tour challenges the traditional Eurocentric interpretation of the region, clearing away misconceptions to reveal a rich, vibrant and engrossing story. I think this tour would make a wonderful excursion for Year 8 students studying the Polynesian and/or the Colonisation and Contact units. It would also fit perfectly into the learning opportunities for an Elective History class, not the least because it will help students understand how a site can be open to a range of historical interpretations.” Review by Bernie Howitt, Head of the NSW History Teachers Association (published in the September 2014 edition of the NSW HTA newsletter).
Tour highlight: “The little bits of information not known about the early history of The Rocks and Sydney/NSW” History HOD, August 2016 (teacher feedback survey)
* The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour
“Kids really enjoyed the tour and took a lot from it. It was a great lead in to our history unit. The guides had great knowledge of the history and sites we visited and engaged the children really well.” Year4/5 teacher, July 2017 (teacher feedback survey)
Tour highlight: “Margret’s knowledge , passion and connection with the students.” Years 9/10 History Teacher, June 2017 (teacher feedback survey)
Tour highlight: “The students enjoyed the hands on interactive activities.” Year 4 teacher, Feb 2017 (teacher feedback survey)
* Koori Kinnections – Aboriginal incursions
“It was great! Jess had a great manner with the kids. We loved all the artifacts, information shared and the games.” Year 3 teacher, August 2016 (teacher feedback survey)
* Māori incursions
Incursion highlight: “All children enjoyed learning the Haka, especially the boys. Girls were really interested in the poi songs and playing with the poi’s also.” July 2017 ( Kids Cottage Middle Harbour – school holiday program)
Find out more about our education and school holiday programs
Read more about our Māori and Aboriginal education programs in our blog post – Six reasons teachers should book a program with us.
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