With such a huge variety of fun, exciting and interesting options for school excursions in Perth, the hardest part of the teacherís job is probably choosing which ones to do!
Whether itís discovering nature or learning about history, the science of sport or a cultural experience, there are so many things to do in Perth that provide absorbing and fun opportunities for educational enrichment.
The unique and inspiring Nearer to Nature program provides kids with specially designed activities that meet the requirements of the Australian Curriculum. The overall aim of the program is to increase the communityís environmental awareness, knowledge and skills including the related heritage of Indigenous and European cultures and students of all ages can participate in fun, hands-on, experiential learning in the natural environment.
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Have your students been studying endangered species, Australian animals or anything related to biological sciences? Then a trip to Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in the Perth Hills for a hands-on experience with animals should definitely be on your to-do list. This not-for-profit organisation is dedicated to wildlife conservation and they care for sick, injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife, breed threatened species and conduct training and research. The excursion is suitable for students of all ages and abilities and kids will get to meet the animals, see where they live, explore the Discovery Centre and see the Wildlife Hospital.
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3. The Perth Mint
For a fascinating, educational school excursion that offers many links to the curriculum framework, the Perth Mint is a must. Groups will discover all about WAís golden history, the Stateís gold mining industry, precious metal coining and Australian currency. Highlights include an entertaining guided heritage walk, a world-class Gold Exhibition where molten gold is poured in time-honoured fashion to form a gleaming 6kg bar within the Mint's original Melting House, the world's largest coin, the countryís largest collection of natural gold nuggets, inspiring tales about the early gold rushes and minting of millions of dollars worth of precious metal coins. Kids can even mint their own medallions. Now thatís a golden learning opportunity!
Politics can be fun! Parliament House offers guided tours for school groups from Years 5 to 12 (tailored to suit the different year levels), providing students with an opportunity to learn how the WA State Parliament operates, how laws are made and the role, function and history of Parliament. To make the experience even more interesting, students have the opportunity to view parliamentary proceedings on sitting days from the public gallery or participate in a role-play activity on non-sitting days, as well as gain special access to the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council chambers.
By bringing your class on a visit to the Centre (the only one of its kind in Australia) which is housed in a beautifully restored heritage building that was once the old Hale School in West Perth, youíll give them a unique opportunity to learn how government works and how each individual is important in the electoral and parliamentary system that forms our democracy. Fascinating programs have been specially developed to meet the needs of primary and secondary school groups with free, hands-on, curriculum-focused activities and experienced educators.
6. Southern Metropolitan Regional Councilís Regional Resource Recovery Centre (RRRC) Would you like your students to find out how they can make a difference to the environment? Wouldnít you like them to learn more about what actually happens to rubbish once it leaves the verge side collection? Then a free tour to the RRRC in Canning Vale is a must. Students will learn about the recycling process, theyíll visit the Waste Composting Facility, the Green Waste Facility, the Materials Recovery Facility where recyclables are separated, baled and sold for reuse and the Education Centre.
With over 85 school groups visiting The Bell Tower each year, itís no wonder itís one of the top attractions in Perth. Itís the ideal place for school excursions, with students getting a unique glimpse into the history of WA and its connection with the historic bells from Londonís most famous Royal Church, St Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square. Kids will love the live demonstration and explanation of full circle ringing, theyíll be fascinated by the collection of antique bells, clocks and bell-related material from all over the world and theyíll never forget the sight (and sound) of their own bell chiming. The Bell Tower is a safe and controlled environment for educational excursions and their experienced and interesting staff members are skilled at dealing with large groups of students too.