Hundreds of school children and visitors are coming to Cherbourg’s Ration Shed Museum to learn about Cherbourg’s history and engage with Indigenous culture, which is wonderful. On Friday the 21 March we had 121 students in year 6 & 7 visit from St Patricks in Gympie.
When a school group visits like St Patricks, it involves booking a tour and being given a free downloadable work booklet. This enables learners to engage with some wonderful pre visit activities, which assists to prepare them for their visit to the Museum. The resources that have been developed, aim to bring Cherbourg and the Ration Shed Museum into the classroom. Each worksheet in the booklets has been designed with the Australian Curriculum in mind and includes well-researched lesson plans. This educational project took the museum’s working group two years to develop and consists of a number of resources, which include work booklets, DVD’s and a digital archive.
When students arrive at the Ration Shed Museum, they take part in an interactive tour, hear Elders stories of the past and take part in activities such as traditional dancing, an art workshop and boomerang throwing. The students rotate through each workshop so everyone can experience the many activities on offer. Each visit usually last for about 3 hours.
Schools can build upon the children’s $10 tour experience by buying a package that outlines a host of classroom learning activities. These help teachers embed Indigenous perspectives throughout their students’ education.
The Elders and Ration Shed board members are hoping even more Cherbourg and South Burnett people and schools will come and visit.