Lighthouses School Program
The Lighthouses School Program is designed for grade-school students (Grades 2-3) on field trips to the Museum. It consists of a 15-minute arrival/welcome, a 30-minute presentation by a museum staffer or volunteer, a 15-minute restroom/snack break, and a 30-minute follow-up activity in which students are guided by staff around the museum grounds to visit the Bay Rock Lighthouse and learn about other navigation aids. The total program requires a minimum of 1.5 hours. Schools with more time available are welcome to extend the activity period and browse the museum at leisure.
Arrival (15 minutes): Students arrive, leave their bags at the BBQ area, and assemble in the Seafarers Gallery for a welcome, safety/housekeeping briefing, and overview of the program and follow-up activity. (15 minutes)
PowerPoint presentation (30 minutes): An interactive program that explores lighthouse history and technology and encourages student participation with a Q&A format.
Snack/restroom break at BBQ area (15 minutes)
Lighthouses Activity (25 minutes): A guided walk with stops at Bay Rock Lighthouse, the red/green navigation buoys, and the channel range makers in the adjacent park. Students will learn about lighthouse life and how ships find their way into the port of Townsville.
Departure (5 minutes): Students collect their bags and depart
Take home: Model lighthouse cut-out