The travel subsidy contributes up to $20 per student towards the cost of transport to attend a selection of Stage 1, 2 and 3 programs linked to the NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum and led by highly trained staff.
14,468 students from 182 NSW primary schools have attended an excursion with the assistance of the travel subsidy, with another 4,000 students still to go in term 2 before the project concludes.
Out of these schools, 73 (40%) were from NSW rural schools visiting both Sydney and regional heritage sites. We have exceeded our project targets by 2,000 students.
The primary schools based in Sydney were predominantly located in the western and south western suburbs,all with high populations of students from refugee, multicultural and indigenous backgrounds. What has been revealed in the applications and evaluations is how very few of these children have visited the city or have had the opportunity to engage with the cultural and heritage experiences that many other students take for granted.
Our students don’t often get the opportunity to explore the world outside their local area. This opportunity will provide them a learning experience that will be remembered for life, which will promote our vision of creating learners for life.
To visit a living museum would offer our students an opportunity to learn about Australian history. It will support them to develop an understanding of the Australian identity and the significant historical events that have contributed to it.
Students were actively involved and the program catered for a variety of learning styles - learning through activities was extremely effective.
The program was directly aligned to what we have been studying in class. The delivery staff ensured this was the case.
We did not anticipate the students’ level of engagement, very high.