Optional School Activities

These optional school activities are available as add-ons to the basic package for students.

Costing for optional activities is as follows:

  • One activity only – The first activity booked will be at a cost of $5 per head with a minimum total cost of $100.
  • More than one activity – An additional activity will be at a cost of $3 per head with a minimum total cost of $60.

Each activity has resource material for use in the classroom before and after your site visit. These can be downloaded from the Educational Resources section of this website.

Family Fun Activities

  • Riddles and Rubbish

    (50 minutes)

    Discover some of the mysteries of Port Arthur.

    In ‘Riddles and Rubbish’ students solve two ‘history mysteries’ by examining riddles and rubbish from Port Arthur’s past. Using real convict records and artefacts, students discover what historical sources can tell us about the past, and how historians and archaeologists use this evidence to piece together stories from history. This activity is suitable for upper primary and secondary students.

    Please note that all groups will be capped at 25 students per session.

  • Brick Making

    (30 minutes)

    How did they do it? Make a quarter size convict brick to take home.

    Students discuss briefly the nature of bricks from around the Port Arthur Historic Site and the variety of types. We will handle and look closely at original convict bricks and when students have gained a little knowledge about the processes involved they will have the chance to create their own brick to take home, complete with their thumbprints!

    Please note that all groups will be capped at 25 students per session.