We’ve been running tour guiding workshops for all our staff and workers so we can offer our visitors, educators and students a memorable Ration Shed Museum experience. We developed Educational resource materials, linked to the Australian National Curriculum and have a history book we are about to launch.
This week we had 47 year 12 students from Meridan State College on the Sunshine Coast visit us. They booked online and downloaded our free Excursion booklet. Before they came they watched two of our films – “The Early Days” and “The Ration Shed Museum” (all available via our online shop) When the students arrived we all welcomed them and the Barambah Dancers performed a special welcoming dance. Students were split up into 4 groups and we rotated them them through 4 x 30 minute workshops.
WORKSHOP ONE: THE TIMELINE WORKSHOP
This workshop took place in the old Ration Shed. Elders talked to the students about their experience of receiving rations and what the Ration Shed meant to them. Students used the booklets we developed and looked for some of the answers on the timeline. Elders were on hand to help and tell personal stories.
WORKSHOP TWO: A TOUR OF THE BOYS DORMITORY
Students were given a tour of the Boys Dormitory and engaged with the various exhibitions that are located there. Elders told personal stories and at the “Strong Women Shadow Boxes” exhibition students used the worksheets in the Excursion booklet as a guide to engage with the content.
WORKSHOP THREE – THE ART WORKSHOP
This workshop took place in our art studio. Local artists talked to students about their artworks and the symbols used and demonstrated some of their techniques. Students then used art materials to create their own artworks. This is always one of the most popular workshops. We offer a range of different activities, materials and lesson plans so there is always a variety to choose from.
WORKSHOP FOUR: ARTEFACTS, CULTURE, DANCE & MUSIC
This takes place at our Yarning circle. Students are shown a variety of artefacts and are taught dances and various local stories and experiences are shared and talked about. Students discover how boomerangs are made and where the didgeridoo comes from and how they are made as well as many other interesting pieces of information.
Students were then served a delicious affordable BBQ lunch.
The visit lasted 3 hours and at the end of the tour Elders gave each student a copy of the permits they used to have to fill in to leave the settlement.
We’ve had a great feedback from the students and staff and we’re hoping more school will support us and learn about our history and culture in our safe and caring environment.
We are grateful to the FRRR (Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal – ANZ Seeds of Renewal) for the funding we received to run our tour guiding workshops and help prepare our staff for visitors and students.