Original Gold Rush Colony - School Visits & Camps
The following Risk Assessment document aims to assist in identifying and avoiding potential hazards retailed to your school's visit or stay at the Gold Rush Colony in Mogo on the NSW South Coast. Proforma documents are available to download at the bottom of this page and are provided in order for you to manage your visits to external venues your school may be visiting.
The Original Gold Rush Colony
ABN: 34 089 633 741
26 James St. Mogo. NSW. 2536
Phone Number: 02 4474 2123
Web address: www.goldrushcolony.com.au
Does this venue have public liability cover? – YES
Teacher Supervision Policy
Please note that students must be under Teacher Supervision at all times. On site Staff are available 24/7 for any problems that may arise. Please be advised that cabins do NOT have phones, use of own mobile phone is advised. (Simply dial the main number for attention.)
The Original Gold Rush Colony Accommodation
Students will stay in our en-suited Bunkrooms, which overlook our spacious Camp Kitchen area. Each Bunkhouse has two separate rooms that are finished with limed pine walls and ceilings. Each bunkroom has its own en-suite and sleeps 8 (total capacity 64). Each Bunkroom has its own lock and is only accessed from the outside with the correct key. Once students are inside they can lock the door with a push button. All top bunks are fitted with a safety rail.
Teachers must allocate beds to suit the needs of the students. Keys to each room are given to the supervising teachers to either allocate to responsible students or to keep themselves. All the Bunkrooms overlook the Camp Kitchen area providing an eating and meeting space with wooden tables, benches, fridge, Gas BBQ, sink, cutlery, crockery, toasters and kettles.
Students need to bring their own linen (sleeping bag, pillow, towel and toiletries). Students are allocated to Bunkrooms depending on the male / female ratio and where ever possible are separated from sharing a communal verandah. Food, drink and chewing gum is not to be consumed in the accommodation. All students are requested to wear suitable shoes at all times outside their Bunkroom door, Verandahs are timber and students run a risk of splinters.
Students must make sure that they bring with them suitable protection with insect repellent, sun block and a hat. They also need to bring Wet weather clothes and suitable enclosed footwear as uneven surfaces prevail at The Original Gold Rush Colony, with gravel paths, uneven surfaces, timber etc. Thongs are not suitable. Students must be supervised by accompanying teachers at all times.
The Original Gold Rush Colony has 3 unfenced dams, native flora and fauna, uneven and rough surfaces, pet geese and ducks. There must be no running or climbing around The original Gold Rush Colony, the pool and the accommodation, or the chasing and touching of on-site animals and birds. This is the responsibility of supervising teachers. The Original Gold Rush Colony does have a large grassed paddock area for the playing of supervised games during free time. There must be no collecting or throwing of stones from the gravel paths.
Teachers must bring with them their own First Aid Kit and a record of any student medical requirements. Please note that schools are responsible for the first aid attention of their students and the allocation of any necessary pharmaceuticals. The nearest pharmacy, doctors or hospitals are at Batemans Bay (10km drive) or Moruya (27km drive).
Teachers will twin share a Mogotel room in one of our Miners Cabins, this means 4 teachers will be accommodated in one Cabin. Teachers will be accommodated in single rooms when possible (ask at booking time). The coach driver will also be accommodated in a Mogotel room (single). The Cabin bedrooms are en-suited with their own televisions and linen. Cabins also have a living area with a Kitchenette. Our Cabins are Non Smoking.
The Original Gold Rush Colony also has an on-site swimming pool which is out of bounds to all students, except under strict approval and supervision from the camp teachers. No more than 20 students are to be in the pool area at any time. Teachers must be accredited with the appropriate life saving certificates. Normal pool rules apply to food, drink, running, jumping and diving.
Diggers Rest Tavern Catering and Activities
Please note that students must be under Teacher Supervision at all times. School Camps at the Original Gold Rush Colony provide on site catering.
At the time of booking schools are sent a Menu sheet and a Special Dietary Requirements Sheet. This must be completed by the supervising teacher to highlight any dietary needs (e.g. vegetarian, ethnic or religious requirements) and any food allergies that need consideration.
The Special Dietary Requirements sheet must be sent to The Original Gold Rush Colony ONE WEEK prior to your excursion, otherwise we will be unable to cater suitably. This applies to students and teachers. For further requirements and concerns on individual students, supervising staff should contact the Gold Rush Colony office to speak to the caterer directly.
The Tavern consists of a polished timber floor, wooden tables and benches. Students must wear suitable footwear at all times. During meal times students are expected to queue quietly and be under teacher supervision, there must be no running indoors.
Students have access to stoneware crockery, metal cutlery, toasters at breakfast. Due care and attention is required by all. Teachers will be served first. Our staff will help get the students up to the service area and back to tables.
When finished, students will be asked to scrape plates into scrap bins provided, then place cutlery and crockery into designated containers. Students should be asked to notify a member of staff of any spillages in case they pose a slip risk.
After activities run in the Diggers Rest Tavern, students will be instructed to clean and tidy their workspace, including running a wet cloth over the table tops as part of personal development of responsibility and team co-operation.
During Winter months a fire will be lit in the open fireplaces, students must be made aware of any fire risks. The open fire in the Diggers Rest Tavern is large enough for a person to fall in.
The Original Gold Rush Colony Souvenir Shop also sells packets of chips, soft drinks and lollies. Student purchases are at the discretion of supervising staff.
Activities at The Gold Rush Colony
Please note that students must be under Teacher Supervision at all times.
Gold History Guided Tour - school teachers will be asked to divide students into approximate groups of 20 – 25 for the tour. Each small group must have one supervising teacher/carer who must stay with their allocated group throughout the tour. Each group will round robin through the Gold Rush Colony, looking at Gold History, Australiana, mining, day to day life and Gold Panning with a range of experienced guides. Students must be supervised by accompanying teachers at all times.
The Gold Rush Colony has unfenced dams, native flora and fauna, uneven and rough surfaces, pet geese and ducks. There must be no running or climbing around the Gold Rush Colony, the pool and the accommodation, or the chasing and touching of on-site animals and birds. This is the responsibility of supervising teachers.
Students must not be allowed to remove or climb on the Original Gold Rush Colony Displays and objects. There must be no throwing of stones from the gravel paths. Students must stay behind all barriers when watching the Blacksmith, the battery stamper and Wood Turner. Students will be advised to cover ears while the stamper battery is started. It is important that students follow the tour guides instructions and stay with their group at all times.
Bush Dances – This is an evening activity held in the Diggers Rest Tavern. The Tavern consists of a polished timber floor, wooden tables and benches. Students must wear suitable footwear at all times. Students must listen to and follow instructions for each dance and not be allowed to run about freely.
Teachers are advised to assist with this activity and must remain present at all times. When dancing, care must be taken not to trip over the stage area or run into supporting posts. In cooler months a large open fire will be operating. Caution is required as this is a large open fire.
Life on the Goldfields - Life in school, traditional games and damper making. Life in a nineteenth century school is discussed and students are generally seated, however when moving from venue to venue there must be no running or pushing. Games are played using non toxic wax crayons, paper and wool. A whirly-gig is made and students must use the spinning toy in a mature way, not flicking them near each others faces.
This section of activities is concluded with Damper Making.
- Wash their hands before starting.
- Listen to all instructions carefully
- Not make and eat damper if they have a wheat or peanut allergy (please make sure that you are aware of your students allergies)
- Not run with a stoneware bowl
- Stay outside the chalk mark around the gas BBQ in order to be removed from the heat
Bush Dance Preparation – Students make traditional paper chains Students must listen to instructions carefully and only move about when asked to. Students will use scissors to cut up paper links which are then joined using cello-tape. Students need to be reminded of the safe use of scissors – keeping blades closed at all times, being aware of fingers near the blades, and passing scissors to each other handles first.
The Original Gold Rush Colony Staff will decorate the hall for the students after the activity.
Traditional Games - Students are place into small groups to play a series of traditional games. Students must listen to instructions at all times.
- Skipping – played outdoors in the gravel street – students must take care to be aware of each other and not to run
- Hopscotch – played outdoors in the gravel street – students must not run or throw stones.
- Dominoes – played indoors, seated at a wooden table and bench.
- Coits and marbles – played outdoors in the gravel street – students must not run or throw stones. Students must not throw marbles, or put them in their mouths, ears or nose.
- Shove Ha’penny – played indoors, at a wooden table.
Koori Cultural Stories - During the Day – An outdoor activity usually held on the grass Paddock with students seated and listen to our koori Expert. Students must not run on the paddock and be under teacher supervision at all times.
Camp-fire at night - During the evening. If Fire Bans permit a Camp-fire may be lit. Students sit around the campfire and listen to our Koori Expert or Campfire sing along. Once seated, students should remain this way until show finishes.
The fire will be extinguished by Colony staff and students must not be allowed near it without teacher supervision, or be allowed to relight it. Students must be made aware of any fire risks.Students must not run on the paddock and must be under teacher supervision at all times.
Traditional Gunya Building -This requires students to leave the grounds of the Gold Rush Colony. They will exit the Eastern gate from the paddock to get vines and branches from the state forest. They return to the paddock to create the Gunya. Students are required to stay within the group and listen for instructions carefully.
Free time - All free time is to be under school/teacher/carer supervision.
On the Paddock – Schools are advised to bring with them physical activity equipment for free time. This is for use on the paddock only and must be directed by supervising teachers.
In the Accommodation – Students should be advised of correct indoor behaviour, must wear shoes outside accommodation doors, must not climb over bunk beds, nor swing from bunk bed ladders. Students should be advised on a no entry policy into anyone else’s accommodation.
In the Colony Grounds – Students must not be allowed to roam around the property without teacher supervision at all times. They must remain on the South side of the fences and must not enter the theme park. The Original Gold Rush Colony has unfenced dams, native flora and fauna, uneven and rough surfaces, pet geese and ducks.
There must be no running or climbing around Old Mogo Town, the pool and the accommodation, or the chasing and touching of on-site animals and birds.
Around Mogo Village – Teachers may wish to take students into Mogo Village. Please be aware that the Mogo shops line both sides of the Princes Highway, there are footpaths on either side but no designated crossing point on a 50km per hour zone.
Bushranger Re-enactments - Live horses roaming the park. It is advised all children are kept as far back as possible from the horses. Students are not to approach the horses without asking. Students are to be kept back from the robbery and whip cracking and teachers are advised to supervise.
Please note that any booked activity or itinerary is subject to change if any unidentified risks or hazards become apparent.
Other venues in your itinerary that are booked through the Gold rush Colony should be contacted directly for their Risk Assessment information in order for you to complete your forms.
We aim to assist in identifying hazards related to the Gold Rush Colony School Camps, and are continually updating this assessment.
If you require a pro-forma document for doing your risk assessment management plan please download the documents below.