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The Convict Sleepover

The Convict Sleepover is an immersive experience where children can live the life of a convict exactly where they were 200 years ago as well as discover the culture of the local Cadigal, helping them develop their skills of empathetic understanding from a number of perspectives.

Students will begin their excursion at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney to take part in a special program, Connecting with Cadigal & Convict Life, led by Aboriginal Education Officers. This program provides a personal perspective of how indigenous people of the Sydney area used plants for food, medicine, tools and weapons, and connects this with the convict experience at the site of the colony’s first farm.

The students then walk up to the UNESCO World-Heritage listed Hyde Park Barracks Museum for an exclusive ‘after hours’ experience where they will learn about the convicts that came through the Barracks, eat convict fare, participate in convict activities and spend the night in hammocks where convicts slept.

Please note that this program is only offered in Term 4 2018.

Bookings for this program are made with Sydney Living Museums online
or via phone 02 8239 2211.


For the detailed schedule and teacher resources please click here.

Stages

Stage 2 and 3

Location

Education Centre

Duration

From 3pm to 7am the following morning (overnight).

Cost

$100 per student (minimum 40 students)
Duration: From 3pm to 7am the following morning (overnight)
Adults will be accommodated with the students in the Hammock Room and will be responsible for overnight supervision of the students from 9.30pm to 6am

Sessions offered: Monday and Tuesday during school term, Term 4 ONLY

Maximum students: 60 students

Supervisions ratio: The supervision ratio is 1:10. Teachers and parents attend free of charge at these ratios, including meals and overnight accommodation in the hammock room with the students. One carer per student with special needs will be admitted free of charge.

Adults will be accommodated with the students in the Hammock Room and will be responsible for overnight supervision of the students from 9.30pm to 6am.
 


A partnership between 
Stage 2 History
First Contacts

Key inquiry questions:
•    What was the way of life for the Aboriginal people during pre and post contact periods of European arrival in Australia?
•    What effects did European colonisation have on Aboriginal people and culture?
•    What were some of the hardships experienced by convicts upon arrival in Australia?

HT2-2 Describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time
HT2-4 Describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia
HT2-5 Applies skills of historical inquiry and communication
Complementary Stage 2 programs: Whose Place?; Colonial Life at Elizabeth Farm [Sydney Living Museums education program]

Stage 3 History
The Australian Colonies

Key inquiry questions:
•    What do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and how do we know?
•    What were the significant events and who were the significant people that shaped Australian colonies?

HT3-1 Describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia
HT3-2 Describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time
HT3-5 Applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication
Complementary programs: Bailed Up!, Expanding the Colony, A Colonial Eye [Sydney Living Museums education program]

Stage 3 Science & Technology
Living World

Key inquiry questions:
•    How did the Aboriginal people adapt to their local environment and use plants for food, medicine, tools, weapons and shelter?
ST3-10LW Other adaptations of living things help them to survive in their environment
ST3-11LW Describes some physical conditions of the environment and how these affect the growth and survival of living things
Complementary programs:Aboriginal People and Plants - Stages 2 & 3 [Royal Botanic Garden Sydney education program]
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