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National Reconciliation Week - Don't keep history a mystery

Students will have the opportunity to engage with Aboriginal staff and view artefacts and historical images in learning about the ways of life, freedom and values of Aboriginal people in the Sydney area prior to European invasion.


Stages 2, 3 & 4 History


45 minutes


$100 per class (up to 30 students). Free to schools or classes registered as having special learning needs, remote or rural schools or special needs childrens’ organisations on the NSW ACNC register

Virtual excursions available on 31 May and 1 June - book through our link below.

Excursion key themes:

  • Freedom and values of Aboriginal People in Sydney area prior to European invasion
  • Effects of European contact on Aboriginal culture

Students will:

  • Engage with an Aborginal educator
  • View historical images and artefacts
  • Learn about Aboriginal culture and history from Aboriginal perspective

The diversity and longevity of Australia's first peoples and the ways Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples are connected to Country and Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) and the implications for their daily lives
The nature of contact between Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islanders and others, for example, the Macassans and the Europeans, and the effects of these interactions on, for example, families and the environment
Describes and assesses the motives and actions of past individuals and groups in the context of past societies
Describes and explains the causes and effects of events and developments of past societies over time
Uses evidence from sources to support historical narratives and explanations
Identifies and describes different contexts, perspectives and interpretations of the past
Aboriginal Studies
Recognises the changing nature of Aboriginal cultures
Outlines changes in Aboriginal culture expression across time and location

  • We look forward to welcoming you and your students to a virtual excursion.
  • Schools will connect to our virtual excursions with H.323 compliant video conferencing equipment which is available in all NSW Education Department schools. Check with your IT expert if your school has the correct equipment.
  • The majority of our virtual excursions are offered through the DART Connections website. Contact us if you would like a different time for your topic:
  • Run a test call before your virtual excursion to trouble shoot any technical issues and familiarise yourself with the equipment.
  • We will soon have the capability to offer virtual excursions to schools or organisations that don't have this equipment.
We would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.