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Bringing Education To Life In Australia's Biggest Classroom!

2/12/2017
WANPA-RDA MATILDA OUTBACK EDUCATION CENTRE
Bringing Education to Life in Australia's Biggest Classroom!
 
 
 
'Wanpa-rda Matilda" - our on-site outback education and excursion centre continues to host school groups in our region for up to five days at a time for their annual school camps.
 
August was a busy month with a school group from Gladstone State School, Woorabinda State School and a school group from Emerald North State School visiting later in the month.
 
St. Therese's Catholic Primary School from Monto made their regular yearly visit in mid September to Wanpa-rda Matilda for their annual year 5 / 6 school camp.  The students and teachers enjoyed their Wanpa-rda experience so much that they reserved their camp dates for 2018 whilst they were travelling home on route from their 2017 school camp at Wanpa-rda!
 
 
 
Clermont State High School Year 9 school students are visiting later in the year for a school camp based at Wanpa-rda and will be participating in our Survivor Program including Shelter, Fire and Food Survivor and Raft Building. 
 
'Wanpa-
rda Matilda' continues to actively promote educational tourism in our region, and the centre's ideal location provides the perfect 'base camp' for students to visit educational attractions and explore iconic sites and experience first-hand the history and environment of outback Queensland.   The Australian Workers Heritage Centre also provides an excellent backdrop for unique educational opportunities, right on Wanpa-rda's doorstep.
 
 
 
 
 
Our onsite teacher delivers programs aligned to Australian National Curriculum. Students can participate in Australian heritage and history themed activities, leadership and team building, indigenous culture studies, orienteering, archery and astronomy. 
 
The ‘Outback Survivor' Program continues to be popular with students.  In groups, students have to challenge the elements and develop real solutions in order to 'survive'.  This program encompasses an element of positive competitiveness and requires students to work as a team and engage higher order problem solving skills in order to succeed.
 
 
 
 
The teacher at Wanpa-rda also delivers educational Quiz Tours for school touring groups choosing day visits to the Australian Workers Heritage Centre.  Armed with a site map of the Centre, students are tasked to use their map reading skills and head off in their tribes to find the answers to their quiz tour questions, which they discover hidden within the exhibitions and displays onsite.