Educational School Programs

Providing engaging learning experiences.

Primary School Educational Programs

At Q Station we believe that children learn by doing. The educational school excursions for Primary children are focused on an exploration of the Quarantine Station site.

Meaning-making for these primary students comes through interaction with the place of the Quarantine Station, exploring the natural and built environment, handling artefacts, following paths of migration on large maps, experiencing past technologies, interacting with primary sources, playing games and hearing stories.

All of Q Station’s school excursion programs have significant links to the NSW and Australian National Curriculum across multiple subject areas, however these are also able to be customised to meet particular needs of the group.

HISTORICAL DETECTIVES

Learning from the past​

Why is the Quarantine Station a significant site? Students will love the immersive learning experiences presented, as they learn to hunt for clues in the present to reveal the stories of the past. Visiting our former key operational buildings; hospital, disinfecting showers and autoclaves, will provide opportunities for them to learn about how technology has changed over time to improve our daily lives and to consider why it’s important that we preserve these buildings today.

Addresses outcomes and key enquiry questions related to stage 1 The Past in the Present topic

Stages:         1
Duration:     2 hours
Capacity:    20 – 120 students
Price:            $20 per student
 

SUITCASE STORIES

Migration through Quarantine

Who were the people who came to Australia via the Quarantine Station in the 19th and 20th centuries? Students will discover the migration stories and differing perspectives of some of thousands of people whose lives include time spent at the Quarantine station. Using the site as a primary source we challenge students to learn about the significance of the Quarantine station site and how changes in Australian society were reflected within the quarantine landscape
 
Addresses outcomes and key enquiry questions related to stage 3 topics of Australian Colonies and Australia as a nation

Stages:       3
Duration:    2 hours
Capacity:    20 – 120 students
Price:           $20 per student

QUARANTINE STATION UNWRAPPED

Customise your experience!

The Quarantine Station is an evocative place; a rich source of historical significance, geographical splendour and human endeavour. The learning possibilities are endless and are as unique as your students. 

A Quarantine Station Unwrapped program can be customised to meet your particular needs or learning goals. Talk to our Tour Reservation team about your requirements; select aspects of our standard programs or activities or envision your own.

Stages:       All
Capacity:  Min. 20 Students
Price:          Dependent on itinerary

GHOST BOY

Bring Felicity Pulman’s book to life; discuss the representation of characters, settings and events in this imaginative text. Whilst learning about the differences between Tad’s world of the 1880s small pox epidemic and our own. Students will enjoy visiting key locations from the text and will have the opportunity to create their own inscription. Includes activity Making Your Mark.

Themes:  Speaking and listening, thinking imaginatively, creatively and interpretively (stage 2 and stage 3), first contacts, the Australian colonies and applying skills of historical inquiry.

Stages:      2 – 4
Duration:   2 hours
Capacity:  20 – 120 students
Price:          $20 per student

Secondary School Educational Programs

Secondary school excursion programs at Q Station provide engaging learning experiences in an ever-evolving historically and geographically significant context. Opportunities for historical enquiry are included in every program as students consider the themes, of medical technology evolution and infectious disease, migration, segregation of class, gender and race, and the personal stories of love and loss all come into focus in the amazing natural landscape of North Head.

Activities are designed to develop critical, creative and reflective thinking skills. Exploration of the natural and built environment, handling artefacts, interacting with primary sources and hearing stories fosters empathy with the past and ongoing consideration of how the site has been valued by different constituencies throughout its history. From curricular-aligned programs to two-day art or writing retreats with students, Q Station has so much to offer! 

Our Education programs can run with a minimum payment to the equivalent of 15 students.
The maximum number of students we can host on one day is 120. If you have a larger group, we can arrange your group to visit across multiple days.

DEATH, DISEASE & DIVISION

A historical site investigation at Q Station​​​​

Students investigate our significant historic site; stories, sources and artefacts including the built environment, consider the contribution of archaeology and science and apply historical inquiry skills to gain a greater understanding of the chronology of the former Quarantine Station.

Q Station is suggested as a site to investigate in the NSW Modern History Curriculum and has a dedicated chapter in the textbook Modern History Transformed by Cambridge University Press – The Investigation of Historical Sites and Sources: Death, Disease and Division at the Quarantine Station.

Includes activities Wharf Exploration and Inscriptions – Archaeological Tools, and Stories from the Sandstone.

Stages:       6
Duration:    2 hours
Capacity:   20 – 120 students
Price:          $20 per student

MIGRATION PERSPECTIVES

A Site Study

Site studies enable students to understand their historical environment and participate actively in historical inquiry. The Quarantine Station Site Study reveals the historical phases and changes of the site throughout its history. Exploration and investigation of artefacts, primary and secondary sources allow students to use historical language and locate, select and organise information in the context of this evocative place.

Please indicate which Depth study and topic are relevant to the student’s studies
The Making of the Modern World
Topic 1b Movement of peoples (1750-1901)
Topic 2a Making a nation
The Modern World and Australia
Topic 5c Migration Experiences (1945-present)

Stages:       5
Capacity:    Min. 20-120 Students
Price:          $20 per student

QUARANTINE STATION UNWRAPPED

Customise your experience!

The Quarantine Station is an evocative place; a rich source of historical significance, geographical splendour and human endeavour. The learning possibilities are endless and are as unique as your students. 

A Quarantine Station Unwrapped program can be customised to meet your particular needs or learning goals. Talk to our Tour Reservation team about your requirements; select aspects of our standard programs or activities or envision your own.

Stages:      All
Capacity:  Min. 20 Students
Price:          Dependent

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