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Rottnest Island

CURRICULUM-LINKED FACILITATED EXPERIENCES

The Rottnest Island team have been conducting facilitated learning experiences for school students for over 15 years.

Tailor made in accordance with the WA curriculum and aligned with the National Curriculum for primary and secondary students, these learning experiences provide an interactive and engaging way for all to enjoy Rottnest Island’s history and marine and terrestrial environments.

When scheduling activities, please take note of the meeting location. This will assist with accurate time frames for planning your group’s itinerary. 


Guided cycle tour

For a personalised bike tour of Rottnest Island, speak to the Rottnest Island staff. An experience to suit your needs can be developed and can cover a diverse range of subject areas, including; Rottnest Island history, marine and terrestrial environment or environmental management. The southern coastal ride and lighthouse tour are popular.

Meeting location:        will be advised.

For teachers:             45 mins to full day tours, any group or size

Curriculum links:        Any or all curriculum areas 

 

  
 

Sea monkeys

Discover the environmental and historical significance of Rottnest Island’s salt lakes. Investigate the structure and function of ‘sea monkeys’, an amazing creature that can survive 50 years without water and their important link in the food chain of Rottnest Island. A unique ‘catch and release’ experience.

Meeting location:        Settlement

For teachers:             50 mins. Years 3-10.  Up to 30 students

Curriculum links:        Science & S&E, H, AP 

  


Snorkel exploration

This snorkelling exploration experience will see participants fitted with appropriate snorkelling gear and entering the waters of a protected bay of Rottnest Island. Lead by Rottnest Island staff, you have a personal snorkelling guide to point out some of the marine creatures that inhabit these warm waters, such as nudibranchs, sea stars, tropical fish, sea cucumbers and much more. This snorkelling experience is conducted by qualified snorkel instructors adhering to Australian Activity Standards Snorkelling & Wildlife Swims. There is an assumed pre-requisite of skills for this activity. Please see the Snorkelling Information Guide.

Meeting location:        will be advised

For teachers:             2 hours. Years 7-12.  Up to 20 students.

Curriculum links:        H&PE, Science, S&E 

  



Snorkel investigation

This snorkelling investigation experience will see participants fitted with appropriate snorkelling gear and entering the waters of a protected bay of Rottnest Island. Lead by Rottnest Island staff participants will undertake an investigation of the marine environment and collect data to assist with a coral bleaching research program or against a fish identification guide. This snorkelling experience is conducted by qualified snorkel instructors adhering to Australian Activity Standards: Snorkelling & Wildlife Swims. There is an assumed pre-requisite of skills for this activity. Please see the Snorkelling Information Guide.

Meeting location:        will be advised

For teachers:             2 hours. Years 7-12  Up to 20 students

Curriculum links:        H&PE, Science, S&E 

  

 


Snorkel skills

This snorkelling experience will see participants fitted with appropriate snorkelling gear and entering the waters of a protected bay of Rottnest Island. Lead by Rottnest Island staff, this experience is a great introduction to those new at the activity of snorkelling with snorkelling techniques and water safety explained. This snorkelling experience is conducted by qualified snorkel instructors adhering to Australian Activity Standards Snorkelling & Wildlife Swims.  There is an assumed pre-requisite of skills for this activity. Please see the Snorkelling Information Guide.

Meeting location:        will be advised

For teachers:             2 hours. Years 7-12  Up to 20 students

Curriculum links:        S&E, H&PE

 


Sustainable living

Learn about Rottnest Island’s waste water treatment plant, desalination plant, wind turbine, rubbish and recycling and diesel generators on this cycle tour. See some of the management practices being implemented to achieve a more sustainable future and discover how you can make a difference!

Meeting location:        Settlement

For teachers:             50 mins. Years 5-10.  Up to 30 students

Curriculum links:        Science & S&E, Sustainability

 


Touch pools

Learn about the marine ecosystems surrounding Rottnest as participants inspect and classify a range of marine invertebrates (eg: sea stars and nudibranchs) based on their structural features. A hands-on ‘dry-land snorkelling’ experience.

For teachers:             50 mins. Years 3-10.  Up to 30 students

Curriculum links:        Science & S&E

 

 



Wadjemup dreaming

Discover how the local Noongar group, the Whadjuk people interacted with the land when Rottnest Island was still part of the mainland. Learn about the six Noongar seasons that dictate the relationship between the earth and people and listen to a Dreaming story that led to the creation of Wadjemup.

Meeting location:        Settlement or Kingstown

For teachers:             50 mins. Years 3-12.  Up to 30 students

Curriculum links:        S&E, Sc, Art

 


 

Your Island to care for

Gain an insight into the Island’s unique environment and history with this great introductory presentation. It is perfect for the start of any visit to understand how the Island works behind the scenes. This presentation will take place at the Discovery Centre at Kingstown for groups of less than 30, and at the Picture Hall in the Settlement for larger groups.

For teachers: 50 mins. Years 6-12. Runs effectively with 10- 120 people 

Curriculum links:        S, S&E, Eng

 

Bike education

Obstacle layout, skill techniques and equipment provided to create an effective bike education activity. A great introduction to bike safety and skills for younger groups while older groups discover specific skills such as optimising use of gears.

For teachers:        50 mins. Years 3-7.  Runs effectively with 10-30 people

Curriculum links:        H&PE