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School programs and vacation care

Our school and vacation care programs equip the next generation with the skills needed to understand and appreciate our shared history.

Children and teenagers alike will also have opportunities to exercise their imagination, participate in outdoor activities and form lasting friendships.

School Programs

Primary School

Our two primary school programs – Convict Times and Then, Now and Tomorrow – are an opportunity for students to learn about the historical significance of Cockatoo Island as they engage in dress up and role-play, and interact with artefacts from different eras.


High School

Our two high school programs – Social and Maritime Case Study and History Site Study – are an opportunity for students, including those studying for the HSC, to consider the history of Cockatoo Island from multiple viewpoints and hone their historical enquiry and writing skills.

Camping Trip

Owing to its layered history, Cockatoo Island is the perfect camping spot for school groups. Our curriculum education programs provide students with opportunities to participate in outdoor activities and engage with the living history of the island.


Vacation Care

Available Monday to Friday during the NSW School Holidays, Cockatoo Island’s vacation care program combines fun activities, outdoor exploration and history. Best of all, kids will have opportunities to tap into their creativity through arts and craft.


EcoXplore Tours

EcoXplore provides engaging, inspirational and informative environmental education tours at North Head Sanctuary for primary school students and vacation care groups.