Another Chance To Win at HTAV Middle Years’ Conference
Join us at History Teachers’ Association of Victoria’s Middle Years Conference for another ( or your first ) chance to win our major prize. As a major partner of HTAV, we’re offering the chance to win up to $20,000 off your school History tour. The way it works is explained below in the terms and conditions.
Right now, we’d rather tell you a bit about what is going on with last year’s winner – Kara Taylor from Irymple Secondary College.
After much consideration, the College, with Kara’s encouragement, – it’s been her dream to do this trip with her students – decided to take their group to Paris and the Western Front for World War I.
Their itinerary includes spending a day in Passchendaele undertaking a special Platoon Experience. The students dress as Australian soldiers and walk the exact march of 4th October 1917, when about 40 ANZAC soldiers stormed a German garrison in an attempt to win control of an important German stronghold. The story is retold as a ‘living history’ day, as the group is transformed into the platoon of the 40th Battalion to march the road to Tyne Cot, just as they did in 1917. After changing into Digger uniforms, including backpacks and “rifles”, the group marches the route, taking a break for lunch with real World War 1 tucker. Eventually, on arrival at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the students discover the identity of the man they portrayed in the march – including the discovery of the ultimate fate of their soldier. It’s a very poignant experience and allows the students to gain a much better understanding of what it must have been like during World War I.
Irymple Secondary College students joined forces with Mildura Senior College and Red Cliffs Secondary College to take best advantage of their prize ( 40 students have benefitted ). They will spend three further days in the Western Front exploring the cemeteries, monuments and battlefields of the region, from The Somme to Ypres. they’ll find the In Flanders Field Museum quite something and on reaching Ypres, they will attend a ceremony at the Menin Gate. This ceremoney of the Last Post has been ongoing, uninterrupted, for nearly 100 years!
The group will visit the Victoria School – named after our state, whose children raised money for the school and the heavily damaged town of Villers-Brettoneux. The children, Melbourne and Victoria have never been forgotten for the assistance they provided at such a difficult time.
Additionally, the group will spend time visiting graves of ancestors of some of those travelling in the group. This is something for which we always make time, to allow families to reunite with those they lost all those years ago. Before departure, students research their families and those that discover a lost soldier among their genealogy further research where their relative was buried – and if in the Western Front. Visiting these relatives is, no doubt, a very moving experience for the student, but also, we find, for the whole group. It brings them very much closer to that time and the tragedies that occurred as a result of the Great War.
Of course there are lighter times on tour and Kara’s group will visit the City of Lights – beautiful Paris – with an additional day at Disneyland to top it all off!
Our History (and other subject) tours are known for their strong curriculum links along with the inclusion of plenty of experiential learning activities, so that students learn by doing and by being engaged. Each tour is custom designed for your school and subject/s and linked to the curriculum you teach.
While we are able to access some wonderful experiential learning activities on tour – including simulations, workshops, study of primary sources, Q & As with subject experts, hands on activities, themed guided tours and much more, recently we have been working on projects for students to take with them on tour. With Jo Clyne, Manager, Education and Consultancy Services at HTAV leading the way, we are in the process of developing some new experiential learning activities that we believe will be not only great fun, but an excellent way to learn and for students to share that learning with the group.
Pairs of students will use ipads or phones for data collection while away on tour, with the end result being further research and the development of specific presentations on their return, in answer to a relevant subject or question prepared by Latitude Group Travel. These presentations will be shared with the class, where the students will have the pleasure of gaining knowledge from each other in a creative and engaging approach. These activities are designed to capture as much learning as possible – something that is an essential outcome of the educational tours which we design, develop and deliver.
We have some upcoming stories of more really interesting itineraries being developed for other winners of a similar prize – so stay tuned! Meanwhile, please find below the explanation of the prize and the terms and conditions that apply.
Please visit us at our exhibit at HTAV’s Middle Years’ Conference to chat about how our unique methodology applied to educational tour design has revolutionised the industry and has focused study tours on quantifiable learning outcomes. At the very least – pop in and sign up for your chance to win this year’s major prize and perhaps take your students on an experience comparable to Kara and her students!