The Duyfken Education Experience
Available: Terms 2 and 3 (currently closed due to Covid-19)
Location: The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) 91 Southside Drive, Hillarys (map)
The Duyfken replica sailing ship was built to raise awareness about the first European vessel to visit Australia in 1606.
As a working ship, and floating museum, Duyfken provides a unique opportunity for students to learn about Europe’s earliest recorded history of Australia.
The Duyfken Education Experience serves as a wonderful external classroom, offering an educational program that aligns with the HASS section of the WA Curriculum, and in particular, the Year 4 syllabus.
Join the crew
Once aboard 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.
The Duyfken Education Experience includes:
History – first contact
This unit covers how Dutch mariners shaped European knowledge of the Indian Ocean and the continent we now know as Australia. Also covered are early European contacts with Aboriginal people and how these interactions impacted Aboriginal society.
Civics and citizenship
This unit covers the importance of rules in maintaining good order amongst the crew when aboard a sailing ship for a 12-month sailing voyage. Of importance is the role of the Captain and First Mate in administering the ship rules and the consequences of non-compliance.
This unit covers the location of major countries in relation to Australia, and the challenges of the differing climatic conditions between Europe and Oceania, and in particular the Spice Islands. How did these early adventurers adapt to the changing conditions that they encountered?
Duyfken’s location for school tours (during terms 2 and 3 only)
AQWA – The Aquarium of Western Australia
91 Southside Drive Hillarys WA 6025
(currently closed due to Covid-19)