Educational Programs

Observatory Hill EEC provides a range of curriculum linked outdoor educational programs and specialises in urban geography fieldwork and history site studies, as well as Design and Technology programs with a built environment focus. All programs can be tailored to meet particular student needs. The programs include teachers notes, student work sheets, pre and post web based support materials and Risk Assessment Advice, as well as information about meeting dates, times, locations and costs.

Programs are relatively inexpensive and vary depending on the excursion being undertaken. Ring the centre to find out more about how we can cater for larger groups. Standard public school prices are listed for each program below. Non DoE schools may also be catered for. Please contact the Centre to enquire about program availability and pricing details.

All programs will be charged on a per student basis to support school fee collection, ensure fairness across multiple classes and better align the Centre with other Environmental Education Centre pricing structures. Find out more about our Fee structure 2018

 

Secondary School Programs

The Built Environment

Stage 4 – Technology (Mandatory)

The Built Environment supports the Stage 4 Technology (Mandatory) Syllabus. The program focuses on The Built Environment study area, a number of design specialisations, and essential content technologies in information and graphics. Students will visit adaptively reused heritage buildings in the city and address a design brief to adaptively reuse a decayed heritage building in Millers Point.

Cost: From $9 per student (Find out more about our Fee structure)

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Place and Liveability

Stage 4 – Geography

This fieldwork program supports the stage 4 Geography Syllabus in the content area Place and Liveability”. The program focuses on the Key Inquiry Question of ‘What approaches can be used to improve liveability’? Students will use the Harold Park, Rozelle Bay, and White Bay Power Station (Rozelle) site, to investigate strategies used to enhance liveability of places, assess the role of government organisations in enhancing liveability, and propose strategies to improve liveability in the White Bay Power Station precinct.

Cost:From $9 per student (Find out more about our Fee structure)

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Changing Places

Stage 5 – Geography

Changing Places is a Stage 5 Geography fieldwork program focusing on the Key Inquiry Question of ‘What strategies are used to manage environmental change in urban places to enhance sustainability? Students will learn about implications of Australia’s projected population for the future growth and sustainability of places, and visit Barangaroo and Millers Point to assess strategies to create economically, socially and environmentally sustainable urban places.

Cost:From $9 per student (Find out more about our Fee structure)

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Environmental Change and Management

Stage 5 – Geography

This fieldwork program focuses on an understanding of functioning of marine environments and the impacts of human induced environmental change on marine environments. Students will visit the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) to learn about environmental issues associated with marine environments (particularly ocean acidification and microplastics), and the causes, extent and consequences of environmental change. Students will also visit the SIMS Marine Discovery Centre and participate in hands-on activities to enhance geographical inquiry.

Cost: From $9 per student (Find out more about our Fee structure)

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The Rocks Site Study

Stage 4 & 5 – History

The Rocks Site Study’ is a History Site Study that focuses on the heritage precinct of The Rocks and it’s important role in the grown and development of the NSW colony. The Site study can be used for Stage 4 Depth Study 6d: Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples, Colonisation and Contact and Stage 5 Depth Study 1b The movement of peoples. The study is an inquiry-based examination of this historically significant location and is integrated with topic content as a way for students to acquire History knowledge, skills, values and attitudes from experience in the field.

Cost: From $9 per student (Find out more about our Fee structure)

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Tourism – An Economic Activity

Stage 6 – Geography

This program focuses on the topic ‘People and Economic Activity’. Students learn about the global tourism industry and participate in a case study of Taronga Zoo Sydney, as an example of an economic enterprise within the tourism industry. Taronga Zoo Education Cenetre teachers will provide information on the nature of the economic enterprise, ecological dimensions (including impacts on the environment and ecological sustainability), linkages and flows of people goods, services and ideas, and the effects of global changes on the Zoo’s operations.

Cost: $15.50 per student (for Zoo entry)

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Building Better Cities 1 – Pyrmont

Stage 6 – Geography

This fieldwork program focuses on the dynamics of Urban Renewal and Consolidation in Pyrmont. The program includes a presentation on the metropolitan plan for Sydney’s growth and Pyrmont’s place in that plan. Students will assess various areas in Pyrmont to rate the liveability of the suburb according to key planning principals.

Cost: From $9 per student (Find out more about our Fee structure) plus additional travel cost on a public ferry

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Building Better Cities 2 – Green Square

Stage 6 – Geography

This fieldwork program focuses on the dynamics of Urban Renewal and Consolidation in Green Square. The program includes a presentation on Green square by City Sydney planners, the metropolitan plan for Sydney’s growth, and Greens Square’s place in that plan. Students will assess various areas in Green Square to rate the liveability of the suburb according to key planning principals. The program includes a presentation by Urban Growth NSW Development Corporation, a key stakeholder in Green Square’s renewal and consolidation.

Cost: From $9 per student (Find out more about our Fee structure) plus additional travel costs from Town Hall to Green Square. Students should use a Student (not School) Opal card for unlimited all day travel at $7.50.

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Building Better Cities 3 – Barangaroo

Stage 6 – Geography

This fieldwork program focuses focuses on the urban dynamics of urban consolidation and renewal in Barangaroo, and renewal through gentrification in Millers Point. Students will learn about the Department of Planning’s goals for Sydney’s growth and development and view the Barangaroo development (with representatives from Lend Lease) to identify and investigate the urban dynamics of renewal, and consolidation. Student will also visit Millers Point to investigate the process (and issues associated with) urban decay and renewal through gentrification. Students will assess various areas in Barangaroo to rate the liveability of the precinct according to key planning principals.

Cost: From $9 per student (Find out more about our Fee structure)

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