Introduction

School Excursions Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DO WE DO?

  • Lessons Afloat has been successfully conducting excursions for school groups for over 32 years on Sydney Harbour – a stimulating and diverse learning environment.
  • A Lessons Afloat excursion provides students with fieldwork opportunities in the real world such as observation, recording, mapping and exploration of different issues and have been planned to achieve the Education Department’s syllabus outcomes.
  • Students are encouraged to bring a camera to enhance their fieldwork activities
  • Key competencies of identifying, analysing and organising information and communicating ideas and information are integral to each excursion
  • The excursions are designed with emphasis on student participation (We do not provide a standard guided tour)
  • Each excursion is literally a lesson afloat, on board a private ferry
  • Commentary by an experienced Lessons Afloat excursion leader is via a public address system throughout the ferry and geared to the understanding level of the group

WHERE DO WE GO?

  • The main Sydney Harbour area
  • Optional visit to Shark Island ( extra cost )
  • Lunch stop at a Harbour Park (Full day excursion only)

WHAT DO YOU SEE?

  • Parks, wetlands, wharfage, industry, transport, housing, business and shopping districts, historical landmarks, tourist and entertainment attractions, changing urban developments

HOW DO YOU TRAVEL?

  • Large safe ferry allowing good vision (You will not share the ferry with other groups)

WHAT DO YOU RECEIVE?

  • Worksheets geared directly to the syllabus aims, objectives, outcomes and learning stage of the group are sent to the school prior to the excursion for printing.
  • Sydney Harbour Map issued to each student on excursion day
  • N.B. Students should bring a pen/pencil and clipboard on excursion
  • Photographs/pictures used as applicable

WHEN CAN YOU GO?

  • You choose the day, subject to ferry availability
  • Half day 10 am – 12 noon OR 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm
  • Full day with lunch break 10 am – 2 pm

WHERE DO YOU EMBARK?

  • Circular Quay west in front of The Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Other pick up and drop off points can be made with advanced notice

WHAT DOES IT COST?

  • Minimum costs involved for groups of less than 60 students, therefore consider combining groups eg Geography and History or HSIE Stage 2 and 3
  • A maximum recommended number of students 140 for effective excursion. Should numbers exceed 140 students two ferries can be used