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Fort Lytton National Park Brisbane

Fort Lytton National Park. Photo credit: Ellie Jamieson © Queensland Government

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Walking in Queensland National Parks is a fun way to be healthier and happier, and to share special times with family and friends. Photo credit: Ellie Jamieson © Queensland Government

Go Back in Time—school program

Museum theatre school programs for 2021–22

The Go Back in Time programs have strong educational focus with activities using Theatre in Education techniques (Museum theatre) designed to engage students' imagination, connect them to the place and critically think about the significance of experiencing the past.

    Fort Lytton National Park

    History in a box

    School years: 3

    Activity description:
    ‘History in a Box’, set in Fort Lytton National Park, provides the context for an inquiry into the significant historical features of the Moreton Bay area and the influence of the community in shaping this site, both in the past and today.

    Through use of drama, students explore the connection of Fort Lytton to local and world events, places, people and the corresponding eras of history. They actively interrogate the physical site and historical sources.

    Curriculum: History and Social Science (HASS) History and English.

    Duration: Full day

    Further information: QPWS* Theatre in Education in partnership with MBEEC** .
    Contact MBEEC* on (07) 3906 9111.

    Cost and bookings: call MBEEC* on (07) 3906 9111.

    Immigration

    School years: 6

    Activity description:
    Immigration is a day program which traces the journeys of migrants arriving in Australia and particularly Queensland from the earliest settlements through to post World War II and importantly, today. The program focuses on gaining an insight into why people choose to migrate to Australia, where they came from and their contributions.

    On the day, Immigration cross Moreton Bay in the footsteps of the first colonial migrants. Later, engaged as migrants arriving post World War I, they are processed through the Quarantine Station participating in theatre scenes and dramatic explorations of the buildings and site. Finally, students examine historical sources to build an appreciation of migration post World War II and, in role, reflect on the needs and experiences of migrants at this time.

    Throughout the day students reflect on the importance of migrants and their contribution to Australia today and into the future.

    Curriculum: History and Social Science (HASS) Geography and History.

    Duration: Full day

    Further information, cost and bookings: contact MBEEC* on (07) 3906 9111.

    Returned WWI

    School years: 9

    Activity description:
    Returned World War I is a Museum Theatre program that journeys back to the time of the Great War to explore the personal, social and political impacts of war. The program addresses impact before, during and after soldiers had returned to Australia.

    Based at the World War I heritage sites of Fort Lytton and the Lytton Quarantine Station, students are engaged in a deep exploration of complex ideas about the cause and effect of historical events and the changes this war brought to Australian society.

    Curriculum: History and Social Science (HASS) History, Drama and English

    Duration: Half and full day

    Further information: QPWS* Theatre in Education in partnership with MBEEC** .
    Contact Fort Lytton National Park on (07) 3393 4647.

    Cost and bookings: call MBEEC* on (07) 3906 9111.

    Frontline Brisbane WWII

    School years: 10

    Activity description:
    Frontline Brisbane WWII is a half-day program, using drama, image, artefacts and story. Theatre moments present diverse aspects of life in Brisbane as experienced by Australians during the year 1942.

    Conducted within the heritage structures of Fort Lytton, this program challenges students to connect intellectually and emotionally with a number of themes including changing motivations and methods of defending both land and ideals; changing social attitudes and cultural understandings, especially in relation to women; and changing alliances – Australia as part of the British Empire; relations between Australians and their American allies.

    Curriculum: History and Social Science (HASS) History.

    Duration: Half day

    Further information: QPWS* Theatre in Education in partnership with MBEEC** .
    Contact MBEEC* on (07) 3906 9111.

    Cost and bookings: call MBEEC* on (07) 3906 9111.

    St Helena Island National Park

    St Helena Stories

    School years: 4 and 5

    Activity description:
    As Historical biographers, each student follows a prisoner’s story to discover his daily life from free settler to prisoner.

    This program uses story as a medium for engaging students in historical events and places; and as a stimulus for writing their own personal account of the prisoner.

    Curriculum: History and Social Science (HASS) History and English

    Boat trip: Yes

    Duration: Full day

    Further information, cost and bookings: contact MBEEC* on (07) 3906 9111.

    * QPWS: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

    ** MBEEC: Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre (07) 3906 9111.

    Please note: as most guided tours involve walking in the sun over uneven ground it is recommended to wear enclosed footwear, sunscreen, hat and carry your own drinking water.