Published on Aug 2, 2016

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A project by Cessnock East Primary School students will highlight the best family friendly activities offered in the Hunter Valley.

students from East Cessnock Public School 2016 - Hunter Valley Visitor Centre

Permission has been provided to use the student’s photograph from their excursion to the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre.


Year 5 and 6 students will produce, print and market a travel guide that showcases family friendly activities in the Greater Cessnock area (Wollombi, Pokolbin, Cessnock and Richmond Vale).


Cessnock City Council was excited to host the eager students as the project kicked off with a visit to the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre.  Students browsed the brochure racks to find inspiration for their travel guide.

Cessnock East Primary School Stage 3 teacher Alisha Smith said the Visitor Centre stop was the start of a fantastic day of learning for the students.


classroom east cessnock public school - Hunter Valley

The project continues to grow in the classroom

“After our visit to the Visitor Centre our fabulous bus driver took us on a scenic drive around Pokolbin pointing out areas of interest to the students and allowing them to gain an understanding of what is on offer on their doorstep,” Ms Smith said.


The project builds students’ understanding of the tourism industry and connects real life with learning.  It is an early insight into the demands of the industry that drives much of Cessnock’s economy.

“We want to expose and educate our children to the things / opportunities that exist in our ‘backyard’ as well as developing real life skills and contacts that may help some of our students get jobs in the local tourism industry in the future,” Ms Smith said.


“The students have responded to the challenge enthusiastically. They have been absorbed with contacting businesses and organisations, appreciating images of the Hunter Valley and discussing how to appeal to their audience and are planning their contributions.”

east cessnock public school - Hunter Valley

Mapping family friendly experiences in the Hunter Region


A visit from international teachers in June was the catalyst for the project according to Ms Smith.


“The teachers from Stage 2 and Stage 3 at Cessnock East were challenged to come up with authentic projects that could ensure that learning is real for our students and promotes community involvement,” Ms Smith said.


“Many ideas were discussed before we decided that developing a travel guide for family friendly activities is something very authentic and real for our students.”
The travel guide will be launched for sale early in Term 4.  In addition to producing the guide, students will organise promotion and marketing before release.


Let us know in the comments what your favourite family friendly activity is in the Hunter Valley.