Educational Programs

Observatory Hill EEC provides a range of educational programs tailored to students in NSW Department of Education schools. Students can visit the Centre to participate in excursions around the city, or Centre teachers can come to your school to work with students in their local environment. The following programs can also be tailored to meet particular needs of all students.

All fieldwork programs come with teachers notes, student work sheets, relevant support materials, as well as information regarding meeting dates, times, locations and costs for the school.

Program costs vary depending on the excursion being undertaken and the number of students participating. Public school prices for each program are listed below.

Non DoE schools can also be catered for. Please contact the centre for non DoE school pricing details.

 

Secondary School Programs

The Built Environment

Stage 4 – Design and Technology 

The Built Environment supports the 7 – 8 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.

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Cost: $50 per class

Place and Liveability

Stage 4 – Geography

This program supports the stage 4 Geography Syllubus 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 (Balmain) 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.

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Millers Point – a community in change

Stage 5 – Geography

This program supports the Geography 5A2 Topic Changing Australian Communities and focuses on the inner city suburb of Millers Point as an example of a community undergoing considerable change. Through participation in the program, students will use primary data and fieldwork techniques to investigate factors contributing to the community’s sense of identity, factors causing change, the perceptions of various stakeholders to key community issues and community responses to change. 

Cost: $50 per class,

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Waterfront Workout

Stage 5 – Geography

Waterfront Workout focuses on issues relating to human elements of environments, specifically in relation to urban growth and decline. The overriding theme for the program is one of identifying the stakeholders within the varying landuse zones along the foreshore and assessing the impact of planning policies being implemented as a consequence of urban growth and decline.

Cost: $50 per class plus additional ferry transfer costs between Circular Quay and Darling Harbour

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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: $50 per class.

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Making Maritime Memories

Stage 5 – Visual Arts

Making Maritime Memories is a Visual Arts enrichment program. The focus is for students to appreciate the importance of protecting and celebrating Sydney’s maritime heritage and to express this appreciation through producing a concept for a public artwork that will celebrate maritime heritage in and around Millers Point, Walsh Bay and Darling Harbour East.The collaborative workshop with the class and EEC teacher will integrate the key outcomes of the Sustainability Education Policy for Schools with the Stage 5 Visual Arts syllabus outcomes.

Cost: $50 per class

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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: $50 program pack

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Tourism – An Economic Activity

Stage 6 – Geography

Tourism – An economic activity focusses on the Stage 6 Geography topic People and Economic Activity. During the day students are given a comprehensive overview of the world tourism industry, after which they participate in a tour of a Sydney CBD hotel to gain an insight into an economic enterprise within the tourism industry.

Cost: $50 per class

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Building Better Cities 1 – Pyrmont

Stage 6 – Geography

This program supports Stage 6 Geography and focuses on the dynamics of urban renewal and consolidation in Pyrmont. Students will learn about the NSW Department of Planning’s goals for Sydney’s growth and development and visit the suburb of Pyrmont to identify and investigate how the urban dynamics of renewal and consolidation are changing the suburb. Students will assess the results of these changes on the livability of Pyrmont.

Cost: $50 per class, plus additional travel cost on a public ferry

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Building Better Cities 2 – Green Square

Stage 6 – Geography

This program supports Stage 6 Geography and focuses on the dynamics of urban renewal and consolidation in Barangaroo and Green Square. Students will learn about the NSW Department of Planning’s goals for Sydney’s growth and development and visit the Barangaroo and Green Square development sites to identify and investigate the urban dynamics of renewal and consolidation. Students will assess how these dynamics are impacting on the livability of Green Square.

Cost: $50 per class, (plus additional travel costs)

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Building Better Cities 3 – Barangaroo

Stage 6 – Geography

This program supports Stage 6 Geography and focuses on the dynamics of urban renewal and consolidation in Barangaroo and gentrification in Millers Point. Students will learn about the NSW Department of Planning’s goals for Sydney’s growth and development and visit Barangaroo and Millers Point, to identify and investigate the urban dynamics of renewal, consolidation and gentrification. Students will assess the environmental, economic and social outcomes of these dynamics.

Cost: $50 per class

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