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This excursion provides a study of the early life of Norman Windybanks, the son of local pioneer, Edward Windybanks, the founder of a boat building industry in the Cowan Creek area.
During the day, the students will follow the fictitious diary of Norman as he and good friend Jimmy wind their way down along the Birrawanna Track to Bobbin Head in the early 1900's.
Through his diary entries, the students will learn about the history of the area to get a sense of life in the early 1900s.
How has our community changed? What features have been lost and what features have been retained?
What is the nature of the contribution made by different groups and individuals in the community?
Commencing at the Kalkari Visitors Centre, the students get to know more about the Windybanks family through Norman’s Bush Journal and old photos of the Windybanks family. This will enable them to compare with their own lives in the 21st century.
The students will receive their own blank bush journal enabling them to document their own journey along the bush track during the day.
Reading from Norman’s diary, the students will learn about Norman’s Aboriginal friend, Jimmy and the Aboriginal engravings of the area. At the 3D map, the students find related rivers and places.
During the walk to Bobbin Head, the students follow Norman’s path and journal entries, recreating a day in his life and comparing his daily life to their own. The students are will undertake several hands-on activities to help them understand the history and changes of the area which they will document in their own journals, including sketching and poetry reading. Students will also learn the local Aboriginal names for several of the plants and animals that will be seen along the way.
Journal reading is completed. Students are challenged in their observations of old photos of early Bobbin Head to see what has remained the same and what has changed.
This program is offered at the following locations. Click on an image to find out more.
NOTE: Variations to timetable based on specific location, group size and weather
|Time||Classes A, B, C, D|
|10.00am||Acknowledgement of Country, Welcome, Overview of the day|
|10.30am||Kalkari Visitors Centre|
|12.30pm||Bushwalk to Bobbin Head|
|1.30pm||Bobbin Head history|
|2.00pm||Conclusion and depart|
|Excursion locations||Kalkari to Bobbin Head|
|Bus access map||
Map for access to venue will be sent with the confirmation
Please ensure you print a copy and provide to the bus driver on the morning of the excursion.
2023 DoE $15 per student - GST free
2023 Non-gov school cost $25 per student - GST free, minimum charge $575 per class.
NOTE: National Parks entry is $1.10 per student in addition
|Class numbers and size||
Up to 4 classes
Max. 30 students per class
|Social Stories||Kalkari to Bobbin Head|
||Student activities (coming soon)|
|What to bring||
Backpack, medication, low-waste food, water bottle, sunblock, raincoat, hat, sturdy shoes, mask.
Students wear sports uniform.
||On days where the weather is unsuitable (see risk assessment), a Gibberagong staff member will contact the organising teacher to discuss alternative arrangments.|
||Notify Gibberagong EEC by completing and returning the medical form before the excursion. This form will be sent out upon confirmation of booking.|
> describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time H2-2
> applies skills of historical inquiry and communication HT2-5
The importance of Country and Place to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples who belong to an area is the content. (ACSHE060)
- identify the special relationship that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples have to Country and Place
- respond to Aboriginal stories told about Country
ONE important example of change and ONE important example of continuity over time in the local community (ACSHE061)
History K-10 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2012
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