We have two different styles of presentation for a school, this can be the traditional stand up in front and show the animals (1 hour), while this is a useful method to engage some of the students, however many start to loose focus and this is not student centred learning. Our new 90 minute program has a short period of talking to the students to outline our learning objectives, then we break into smaller discovery groups. These groups work around a series of activities designed to fit into the specific year level we are working with. Our staff are V.I.T registered teachers and while we require a staff member to be present, even with a large group of students you have the assurance of a qualified, experienced and trained teacher working with your children, we are not just wildlife enthusiasts and scientists, we are teachers.
Our philosophy and rational:
The use of animals in a classroom needs to take into consideration the wellbeing of the animals, the interaction between the students and the animals and the purpose of the animals being used. With this in mind we focus on reptiles, insects and arachnids, these animals are very resilient, they prefer small spaces, so they are easy to transport and are unusual! We believe in reducing the stress to the animals, this is achieved by rotating the use of animals so that every animal gets time to rest, feed and enjoy space in their own enclosure. We prefer not to use mammals and birds, typically these animals require larger spaces and are easily stressed by the typical noise level of a classroom. We design our classes with safety in mind, safety for the students, staff and of course the animals, making interactions safe and controlled.
A Snakehandler Incursion will provide a variety of experiences for your students that will engage them in science and demonstrate to the students that science is all around them every day. We bring along a variety of native animals to your school, these animals are selected to compliment the Victorian Curriculum Foundation -10. Ensuring the welfare of the animals and children interacting with them, by following the guidelines for care and use of animals in schools. The majority of our animals are reptiles, we can also bring along a variety of insects, spiders and frogs. Our programs are designed to compliment your curriculum, we can be the immersion program, getting the students interested in a new topic or we can consolidate the program and even stimulate students to establish a focus study or inquiry.
Snakehandler have carefully reviewed the new Curriculum and we are working to assist schools in every way possible, follow the links below to find out how we can fit into your curriculum depending on each level.
The all important question... What will this cost me?
Snakehandler has a standard $250* per hour rate for a class size of up to 30 children for our one hour stand up presentation ($8.33 per child).
We also offer a more student focused program, this program has been developed to accomodate the teaching requirements for the new Victorian Curriculum where we are able to cover many of the Learning Intentions for each level in the areas of Science. The 90 minute session costs $300*, again the class size is up to 30 children (thats only $10 per child).
This price includes GST and all costs.
We do not generally bring Venomous Snakes to Primary Schools as we do not believe it to be safe practice.
We have a separate program available for whole school assemblies, involving Venomous Snakes, what to do if they are sighted and basic snake bite first aid. See the Reptile Awareness page for further details.
We are also available for school fairs, fetés and open days! See the Shows and Expos page for more details.
*We require a minimum of a $300 booking for schools up to 90 minutes from our base in Kyneton, for travel times greater than this, a minimum booking of $600 is required.