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Experience The Cape

School Excursion for VELS Levels 2-6 (Years 1-10)

School Excursion – Experience The Cape

VELS Levels 2-6 (Years 1-10)

2 x 2 hours / $16.50 per student

On this school excursion, your students’ journey will begin with an exploration of the Cape Otway environment, navigating through spectacular heathland to the look-out and lighthouse cemetery. Orientate yourselves in time and space as you relive tales of shipwrecks and sailors, disaster and disease.

With the voices of the long departed still ringing in your ears continue your expedition to the Lightstation grounds where our experienced guides will take your students on an interactive tour of the precinct, visiting the historic Telegraph station with its signal tower and flagstaff, Lighthouse Keepers’ quarters, Koori cultural display, World War II Radar Station, coastal heathland and 1848 Lighthouse tower.

Our extensive collection of artefacts, photographs and archival materials allow your students to step back in time and experience life on this wild and isolated Lightstation.


VELS Outcomes

This school excursion experience covers the following VELS outcomes:

Cape Otway Environment

The Great Otway National Park includes marine sanctuaries, coastal dunes, heathland, open woodlands, dry and wet sclerophyll forests and rainforest. This rich and varied landscape provides many opportunities for students to explore the concepts of ecological sustainability and natural resource management.

VELS Outcomes

  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Geography
  • History
  • Science
Cape Otway Orientation

Students will be empowered to navigate the Lightstation environment for themselves using map reading and other orientation skills. This activity enhances students understanding of the strategic importance of Bass Strait and the risks and responsibilities that were inherent in both immigration and trade during the era of sail.

VELS Outcomes

  • Health and physical education
  • Interpersonal development
  • Personal learning
  • Geography
  • History
  • Maths
  • Thinking process
Death and Disease

Cape Otway cemetery is a perfect place for your students to reflect upon the hardships that were faced by those living and travelling in the times before modern medicine and modern communications. An examination of the headstones reveals the tragedies that all too often plagued our brave Lightstation families.

VELS Outcomes

  • Health and physical education
  • Personal learning
  • Civics and citizenship
  • Geography
  • History
  • Science

 

Communications at The Cape

An exploration of the history of communication in Australia as well as personal communication is brought to life at Cape Otway’s Telegraph Station and flagstaff. Students experiment with alternative communications systems such as Morse code and semaphore flags and make comparisons with the modern communication rich environment.

VELS Outcomes

  • Interpersonal development
  • Personal learning
  • Civics and citizenship
  • Geography
  • History
  • LOTE
  • Communication
  • Design creativity technology

 

Immigration and Shipwrecks

The wild shipwreck coast provides the stage for the drama and heartbreak of early immigration and shipwreck stories. The fate of Eric the Red and her crew are but one example of those that came to grief on this most dangerous of journeys.

VELS Outcomes

  • Personal Learning
  • Civics and citizenship
  • Geography
  • History
  • Maths
Koorie Culture at The Cape

The Gadubanud people spoke the King Parrot language and made Cape Otway their home for at least the last 40,000 years. Experience this ancient culture and their history as interpreted by Southern Otways Indigenous representatives today.

VELS Outcomes

  • Personal learning
  • Civics and citizenship
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
Lighthouse's and Navigation

The oldest surviving Lighthouse in mainland Australia provides a tangible link to the terrors of Bass Strait, the most dangerous stretch of water in the world. Students are taken through the tower’s technological phases, its workings, navigational role and significance in Australia’s colonial history.

VELS Outcomes

  • Personal learning
  • Civics and citizenship
  • Geography
  • History
  • LOTE
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Communication
  • Design creativity technology
Living in the 1850s

Students explore the original keepers quarters, telegraph station and associated buildings and are encouraged to use both primary and secondary historical sources and the oral storytelling of our guides to create a strong and lasting impression of life in the 1850s.

VELS Outcomes

  • Personal learning
  • Civics and citizenship
  • Economics
  • History
Remote living at The Cape

This remote and isolated Lightstation posed a unique set of social, economic and geographical problems. Through communication and teamwork your students will arrive at their own solutions to the challenges of remote living at the Cape.

VELS Outcomes

  • Health and physical education
  • Interpersonal development
  • Personal learning
  • Civics and citizenship\
  • English
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Science
  • Communication
  • Thinking processes
Weather at Cape Otway

It has always been the Lighthouse Keepers’ role to make weather reports and still to this day an active Bureau of Meteorology weather station is in place at the Lightstation. Students are taken on a tour with weather station staff to investigate the significance of Cape Otway’s wild weather.

VELS Outcomes

  • Geography
  • Maths
  • Science
Working Together

Teamwork was an extremely important part of working at the Cape Otway Lightstation and we have devised a number of teambuilding exercises that are both fun and rewarding for your students.

VELS Outcomes

  • Health and physical education
  • Interpersonal development
  • Personal learning
  • Communication
  • Thinking processes
World War II at The Cape

Bass Strait saw a great deal of action during WWII. Your students will gain an increased understanding of the strategic role of Cape Otway in the war through a hands-on exploration of the Radar Bunker and sea mines.

VELS Outcomes

  • Civics and citizenship
  • Geography
  • History
  • Science
  • Communication
  • Design creative technology

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Book your students in for their unique Cape Otway Lightstation learning experience.

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