Newcastle Light Rail Schools Program

The Newcastle Light Rail Schools Program is a free short program offered in Semester 2, 2018 ahead of light rail services beginning in early 2019.

Newcastle Light Rail Schools Program has been developed to equip young people with the safety knowledge and skills they need for living and moving in an environment in which light rail operates while supporting NSW School learning outcomes.

Designed to be flexible, the Program can include an in-school presentation or an excursion to the light rail project site or both.

To assist teachers to ensure the Newcastle Light Rail Program is relevant to their own teaching programs, we have prepared suggested lesson plans aligned with the Australian Curriculum in the areas of PDHPE for primary school and Geography for high school. However, teachers from all disciplines are welcome to use the Newcastle Light Rail Schools Program to support their teaching.

The Newcastle Light Rail Schools Program is especially important for students who live or go to school near the Newcastle city centre – these are the people who will need to understand the new road signs, new road markings, new sounds and new ways to move around when light rail starts early next year.

For more information on how you can incorporate our program using PDHPE in primary school or Geography for high school, see below.

If you would like your school to participate outside of these learning areas, enquire with us about how we can tailor a presentation to your needs while introducing students to light rail safety.

Places are limited so book your place today! Email projects@transport.nsw.gov.au or phone 1800 684 490.

Kindergarten to Year 6

Kindergarten to Year 6

The Newcastle Light Rail Schools Program addresses Road Safety subject matter within the Safe Living strand of the NSW Education Standards Authority PDHPE K–6 Syllabus.

We will come to your school and provide an educational presentation and an information pack for students, which includes educational activities and information about road safety. Excursions to the light rail project site, including educational presentation and walking tour, can also be accommodated – contact us for more information.

Download our suggested Safe Living lesson plans

Year 7 to Year 10

Year 7 to Year 10

The Newcastle Light Rail Schools Program provides a unique opportunity for students to be involved in an active inquiry outside the classroom. We offer a guided tour of the light rail alignment where students can apply their geographical skills and use geographical tools to suit their learning objectives. We will incorporate light rail safety into this material. 

Should your school wish to have an in-school presentation, we can also come to your school and deliver a presentation to suit your needs.

Download our suggested Geography lesson plans

Frequently asked questions

How much does the Program cost?

The Newcastle Light Rail Schools Program is free of charge. Students will receive a free information pack which includes important information about tram safety.

What size groups can the Program accommodate?

Our in-school presentations can cater for one class in a classroom environment, through to an entire school in an assembly environment.

We just need a large screen so the students can follow along with the presentation. We can bring our own laptop if needed.

Our guided light rail tours can cater for groups of up to 70 at a time. We can accommodate multiple groups back-to-back if your group is larger than this.

What is the duration of the in-school presentation?

Our standard in-school presentation takes around 30 minutes which includes time for questions. We can adjust this to suit your school’s needs as required.

What is the duration of the guided walking tour?

We recommend you allow one hour to walk the light rail alignment from Newcastle Interchange to Pacific Park. You will need to allow additional time if you plan to incorporate other activities into your excursion such as site investigations or data collection.

What days and times is the Program offered?

The Newcastle Light Rail Schools Program is being offered in Semester 2 2018. We can accommodate any time in school hours. However, places are limited and will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

Does the Program offer transport to attend the guided tours?

Unfortunately the cost of transportation to and from the light rail for your excursion is not covered by the Program.

Can the Program present to students learning subjects other than K–6 PDHPE and 7–10 Geography?

Absolutely. Talk to us about how we can tailor a presentation or tour to suit your needs introducing students to light rail safety.