Education Programmes

The Newcastle Maritime Centre provides educational programmes aligned with the NSW Primary school syllabus.

Early Stage 1: “Pirate School”

Learn how to become a pirate at Pirate School!  Students can learn to row a boat, tie knots and pump air to an underwater diver.  Students will also hunt for buried treasure and learn how to laugh like a proper pirate.

Syllabus

  • Creative Arts (Drama)
  • PDHPE (Games)
  • English (Listen, Talk)

Pirate School Information Brochure (PDF)

Stage 1: “Transportation and Shipping”

Students will learn how boats, sailing ships, steam ships and bulk cargo carriers are important to transport now and 100 years ago.

Communication is taught through Morse code and semaphore interactive exhibits.

Note To Teachers: We can also organise a harbour cruise at an extra charge. The harbour cruise will show the students how coal and general cargo are loaded onto the ships by getting really close!

Syllabus

  • HSIE (Social Systems and Structures)
  • English (Listen and Talk)
  • Science and Technology (Getting About, Let’s Communicate)

Transportation and Shipping Information Brochure (PDF)

Stage 2: “Navigation, Machines and Shipwrecks”

Learn about the navigators who found their way to colonise Australia. How did they find their way to Newcastle? And why did they stay here?

We look at the ways that technology changed how the harbour operates: from horse drawn carriages to railways and to hydraulic cranes. Students can also search for the machines in the museum.

Shipwrecks also played a major part in shaping Newcastle’s history.  Learn how brave men from the lifeboat Victoria saved many lives.

Syllabus

  • HSIE (Change and Continuity, Significant Events and People, Relationships with Places, Cultures and Identity)
  • English (Listen and Talk)
  • Science and Technology (Out and About, Simple Machines)

Navigation, Machines and Shipwrecks Information Brochure (PDF)

Stage 3: “Commerce and Communication”

Students will learn how the maritime industry began as the first ever export from Australia.  From that time ships were used as the main form of transport for the new colony and without coal the early Australian colony may not have survived.

Shipwrecks also played a major part in shaping Newcastle’s history.  Learn how brave men from the lifeboat Victoria saved many lives. Learn how the weather affects the shipping and transport industry.

Communication is taught through Morse code and semaphore interactive exhibits.

Syllabus

  • HSIE (Change and Continuity, Global Connections)
  • Science and Technology (Out The Move, Way Out Communication, What’s The Weather?)

Commerce and Communication Information Brochure (PDF)

Additional Material

What, Why, Where and How! (PDF)

Teacher/Educator Documentation

Risk Assessment (PDF)