Duyfken Education Program *** THE PROGRAM FOR 2018 IS NOW CLOSED ***


The Duyfken replica sailing ship was built in Fremantle to tell the story of the first European vessel to make landfall with the Australian continent in 1606, and at the same time presenting an opportunity for students to learn more about the maritime history and life at sea 400 years ago. Today,  Duyfken serves as a wonderful external classroom by offering an educational program that aligns with the HASS section of the WA Curriculum, and in particular, the Year 4 curriculum that focuses on:

•  History – First Contact – How the major sea journeys of early Dutch mariners shaped the knowledge of the Indian Ocean, the Spice Islands of the East Indies and the previously unknown continent now known as Australia. This, together with how these early European contacts with Aboriginal people impacted Aboriginal society.

•  Civics and Citizenship – the difference between rules and laws and how they applied to maintaining order on a 12-month sailing voyage. The role of the Captain and First Mate in administering the ship rules and the consequences of non-compliance.

•  Geography – the location of major countries in relation to Australia, and the challenges of differing climatic conditions between Europe and Oceania and in particular the Spice Islands.

On board, Duyfken students will become crew members of a Dutch trading ship about to voyage south in search of spices and other treasures. They will be encouraged to take charge of their own learning through questioning, analysing, evaluating, reflecting and problem solving leading to further research back in the classroom. 

Student Numbers:

To provide students with the best possible experience aboard Duyfken, numbers are capped at 30 primary school students with a minimum of 4 and up to 6 supervising adults for each one hour time slot. Once on board each group will be divided in half with a Duyfken guide taking up to 15 students on a tour of the ship. 

Often schools will bring multiple class groups. To assist in making sure your students maximise their educational time in Fremantle, the Duyfken team can provide an optional fully guided tour to enable you to split class groups.  The optional tour can be added onto a class visit (30 students) or be used to alternate groups when two or more class groups are visiting Duyfken on the same day i.e. 30 students are aboard Duyfken whilst another 30 students are experiencing the optional tour. At the end of the tour (1 hour) the groups simply switch over. 
The optional tour is a visit to the WA Shipwrecks Museum, conducted by a Duyfken school guide.     

  • In addition, you may wish to include a bonus activity, which is a visit to the Round House and Whaler’s Tunnel. Each day the cannon at the Round House is fired at 1pm. This is all self-guided. 

Tour Times:

Term 1:  Duyfken is unavailable for school tours during Term 1.

Term 2: 7 May  – 29 June 2018 
Duyfken location: behind Little Creatures, Mews Road, Fremantle

Term 3
: 23 July – 30 August 2018 
Duyfken location: behind Little Creatures, Mews Road, Fremantle

Term 4
: Duyfken is unavailable for school tours during Term 4.

School tours start on the hour (10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm) and generally take one hour, which includes setting down and picking up school bags, together with a short safety briefing.

Tour Pricing:

Tour 1: Duyfken Ship Tour - $200 for up to 30 students and 6 adults (teachers or parents). 
Duration: 1 hour – Duyfken provides ship guides for this tour 
This is a tour in which students, as novice crew members, are immersed in the daily life of a Dutch trading ship bound for the Spice Islands. 
These tours are available Monday – Friday at 10am, 11am, 12 noon, and 1pm.
Tour 2: WA Shipwrecks Museum - $100 for up to 30 students and 6 adults (teachers or parents). 
Duration: 1 hour – conducted by a Duyfken school guide

The WA Shipwrecks Museum is a great complement to a tour of Duyfken, revealing the many stories of early Dutch contact with Western Australia through a collection of artefacts and treasures from ships that were wrecked along the coast, including Batavia, Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck
These tours are available Monday – Friday at 10am, 11am, 12 noon, and 1pm
Bonus Activity: Self-Guided visit to the Roundhouse and Whaler’s Tunnel - mostly free except that with a visit inside the Round House a gold coin donation is appreciated. Visit the Round House gun deck to watch the daily firing of the One O’clock gun and discover the critical importance of time in ship navigation. On this tour, students can explore the Round House, the oldest public building in WA, first used as a prison, and the Whaler’s Tunnel built by the Fremantle Whaling Company to allow easy access between Fremantle town and Bathers Beach. 
For large groups, it is advisable to book

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