Home School Term 3 – Five Week Sessions
Secondary 12+ years group. Monday afternoon session.
Mondays afternoons each fortnight – 27 July, 10 August, 24 August, 7 September, 21 September 2020. 1pm-4pm.
The Macadamia Castle delivers a regular Home School Program, fortnightly over a half day on Monday mornings beginning Term 3 2020.
This program is designed for secondary students aged over 12. This is based on our Keeper for a Day school holiday program and our secondary school education programs.
There is a minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 10 for each session.
The price for a half day is $35 per session from 1pm-4pm. This covers the student participant in the course. Parents are welcome to wait on our Café deck or inside the Café or drop the child for the program and collect them at the conclusion of the program. Bookings are made on a per term basis.
Should younger siblings or parents wish to visit the Macadamia Castle Animal Park during the session, we suggest they purchase an annual pass or sign up for a subscription to gain regular access. Only attendees that have signed up for the term can participate in the sessions. Participants in the program do not require an annual pass, the $35 fee covers Animal Park entry.
Prior to booking please read over our Cancellation Policy.
An example of the program outline is below.
TOGETHER WE CAN SURVIVE
* Threatened species depend on us for survival.
* Students discover how to turn their knowledge into action. Together we can make a difference!
* Students connect with threatened wildlife through animal interaction, develop an understanding of the threats species face and upon return to their class turn their new knowledge into action.
* Through activities and encounters, students learn about threatening processes and actions that they can take. Habitat loss in NSW is discussed and students will meet some of Australia’s endangered animals.
WHO WILL EAT LUNCH, WHO WILL BE LUNCH?
* Animals possess amazing adaptations to help them obtain food and avoid being a food source themselves.
* During this hands on program students will have an opportunity to closely observe and interact with some
* They will also analyse animal skulls and scats and suggest how observed animal features have enabled animals to adapt for obtaining food and avoid predation.
·ALL THE BETTER TO EAT YOU WITH
* 2009 marked the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and his theories still have great
* Take a journey back in time and explore some of the early evolutionary theories as you observe and interact with some of our most impressive and intimidating animals- the carnivores!
* Interact with our animals for some amazing insights into our carnivores.
* As you explore with the educators at The Macadamia Castle and our animals you can identify selective pressures and adaptations that help animals survive and reproduce.
* In a changing climate with many extra human pressures who is best placed to evolve into the future.
SAVE OUR SPECIES
* Save our species encourages students to develop an understanding of the threats amphibians face and turn their new knowledge into action.* Through activities and encounters, students learn about threatening processes and actions that they can take to help save these unique animals.
BIOLOGY: HOT, WET, COLD & WILD
* Are there benefits to life in cold blood?
* How do animals cope living in a desert?
* What shape is best suited to cooler climates?
* Do owls drink water?
* How do animals survive in the extreme conditions of a deserts or Alpine environment?* Students will investigate structural, physiological and behavioural adaptations that relate to thermoregulation and water balance in animals such as raptors, insects, native mammals.
BIOLOGY: ROUND & ROUND
* From birth through to death all animals have a life cycle, but are they all the same?
* Through meeting some of animals, such as an owl, stick insect, wombat or snake, students will explore the different ways animals grow and change throughout their lives.
* Some animals live in large groups or families and others live by themselves. Possums, kangaroos and parrots live in groups where as raptors and most large mammals live solitary lives.
* All living creatures have a beginning and an end to their lives and experience stages of growth and change.
* Many living things have two parents – a male and a female. Most mammals and birds nurture and feed their young until they can care for themselves, whereas most species of reptiles, amphibians and insects show little or no parental care.