A MUSEUM IS A MYSTERIOUS PLACE FOR A BUDDING DETECTIVE TO INVESTIGATE THE PAST!
HOW CURIOUS & IMAGINATIVE ARE YOUR STUDENTS?
ARE YOUR STUDENTS LITTLE HISTORIANS?
WHAT DO YOUR STUDENTS KNOW ALREADY?
WHAT WOULD YOUR STUDENTS LIKE TO KNOW?
HOW ARE YOUR STUDENTS GOING TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW?
WILL OPINIONS CHANGE OR STAY THE SAME?
INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS
Visits are offered each year from the beginning of April to end of October.
DATES AVAILABLE FOR 2022 will depend on the Covid-19 situation as it evolves.
Please note: For assistance with transport costs, please refer to the Ipswich City Council's website "Grants" section.
Take your students back in time with interactive and immersive excursions at Cooneana Heritage Centre!
Students are invited to make (and eat) real butter, mince carrots, play historic games, dance to 1950's music, write on slates, do the washing, explore coal mining, motor cycles, spinning and weaving, blacksmithing, lawn mowing. So, come join us as we dance, dress up and have lots of fun in the olden days.
On behalf of the students and teachers / parents from Grand Avenue State School that attended Cooneana, we would just like to say a huge thank you to you and your amazing team. The day ran perfectly smoothly and the activities are so well organised. You and your team are so wonderful with the students as well, it is just such a great place for us to visit.
Thank you once again to you and your team.
Year 2 teachers
Everyone had a wonderful time with lots positive feedback from those who attended. Thank you again for making the day a memorable one for the children.
Senior Teacher Springfield Lakes SS
Day & arrival time for visit
Thursday (other days possible by negotiation) between 9.00 and 9.30.
Snapshot for Years 2 and 3
9.30am - 12.00pm. Activities are 20 minutes per session and there are 6 stations.
Maximum 60 students per day. Large groups will need to visit over multiple days/weeks.
This program offers a choice of up to 6 different stations.
When visiting the centre, we require a ratio of 1:6 accompanying adults to students.
Sessions are offered in terms 2 & 3 on Thursdays only. Other days may be negotiated.
$6.00 per student GST included. Supervising adults free
Teachers are encouraged to meet with our Education Coordinator by appointment prior to the visit to familiarise themselves with the site and to conduct a risk assessment for their students' visit.
In the Olden Days
During their exploration of the past, students have the opportunity to explore Cooneana Homestead. Where the children will gain an insight into everyday home life for many early settlers/pioneers. They can compare the differences set-out before them and discover just how hard life really was in the 'land of milk and honey'.
How was it done?
Home-made butter, carrots, honeycomb – oh gosh!
These activities are sure to have students' asking questions about the olden days. Where is the bath? Experience life as it was before electricity. Exactly how was it done?
From coffee beans, to kerosene lamps, mincers, to the sweet smell/taste of honeycomb and home-made butter. Students will gain an understanding and a yearning to discover more.
Olden days at School
This experience of an old classroom is sure to delight students and teachers. Seated in wooden desks children will be able to experience an in-class session of days gone by - from slates and ink wells, duster and chalk to good manners. In the past students had to watch their 'P's and 'Q's or they may have just experienced '6 of the best'!
Wash days, from mangles, to dolly pegs, washboards and coppers, a real soap suds peek into the past with hands on experience will give children an understanding of just how tough the weekly laundry really was.
Through an interactive film students delve into the local history of coal mining and explore the hardships experienced by early miners. Students will gain insight into the expansion of the Ipswich region through an abundance of coal, and into work in underground coal mines. During their tour of the past, students will gain an understanding of a coal mine tunnel, and mining equipment.
Other stations available:
Historic Motor Cycle Club: Motor cycles through the ages
Blacksmiths: Experience the forge and find out what an Anvil is used for
Spinners, Weavers and Fibre Artisans: See fleece turned into yarn, spinning wheel & loom
Communication: Verbal and written (Telephone, Typewriters)
Dress up's and games: Marbles, skipping, Hopscotch
Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues (ACHASS1052)
Locate and collect information from data from different sources, including observations (ACHASS1053)
Evaluation and reflecting:
Draw simple conclusions based on analysis of information and data (ACHASS1058)
Knowledge and understanding
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?
How the community has changed and remained the same over time and the role that people of diverse backgrounds have played in the development and character of the local community (ACHASSK063)
Planning your visit
Maximum of 60 students per day. Prior to arrival, students have been broken evenly across 6 groups of no more than 10 students each. Students to wear name tags.
When booking please indicate if any of your students have special needs, allergies or learning difficulties so we can accommodate their needs during the visit.
Students to wear closed in shoes, bring their own hat, water bottle, and morning tea. It is recommended students leave their bags at school. Students are encouraged to come in period costume if they wish.
Bus parking is available on site.
Behavior management remains the responsibility of teachers and carers. Ensure accompanying adults actively supervise the students.
Please plan to arrive between 9.00 and 9.30 am to allow for introductions and toilet visits. Late arrivals will result in elements of activities cut from the program to keep with the scheduled finish time.
9.30 - 9.50 am
9.50 - 10.10 am
10.10 - 10.30 am
11.00 - 11.20 am
11.20 - 11.40 am
11.40 - 12.00 pm
Morning Tea 10.30 – 11.00 am
An invoice will be sent to the school after your visit.
All volunteer guides have blue cards, volunteer tour guide/s are allocated to each station
The society has an extensive reference library that senior students may access.
The society's volunteers may be available to assist with research activities. Maybe students would like to research our historical site, historical buildings, or a historical person, for example.
The Ipswich Genealogical Society may also assist. They can be contacted via email email@example.com.