Investigation & Science

At East Waikiki Primary School, selected Year 6 students are provided with the opportunity of visiting working mining operations across Western Australia. In 2017 and 2018, students have been invited to visit the Thunderbox Gold Mining Operations of Saracen Minerals Limited south of Leinster in the Eastern Goldfields Region of Western Australia, Regis Resources Limited’s Duketon Gold Mining Operations north-east of Laverton in the Eastern Goldfields, Independence Group’s Nova Nickel Mining Operations east of Norseman and Sandfire Resources’ DeGrussa Gold and Copper Mining Operations north of Meekatharra in the Murchison Region of Western Australia. These trips are of one day and two day’s duration respectively with students and supervising staff flown to and from each mining site from Perth Airport with all meals and for overnight stays, quality individual accommodation provided at each site’s accommodation village. This is an amazing opportunity for our Year 6 students and thanks to the generosity of the companies listed above, the entire cost of all visits are paid for by them meaning that there is no cost to any of the students or the school. 

The main aims of each visit are to allow our students to investigate first-hand how a large open-cut or underground mining operation operates including exploration, mining, crushing and processing and hopefully witnessing a real gold pour on site at the gold operations visited. The students will also learn how trained mining professionals deal with people as part of their job / career pathway and interview key management and staff. They also learn some more invaluable tips and techniques regarding public speaking, leadership, collaboration, time management and conflict resolution as well as learn more about the different career pathways available within the mining, processing, exploration, transport, engineering and hospitality industries. 

During their stay, the students undertake on-site safety courses, take notes on what they have learned as well as asking questions during their mining camp visit. They also complete a full written report with digital images on their return.

Transportation to and from Perth Airport are very generously provided by RUC Mining and Cementation who provide a mini-bus and driver. Each trip consists of six students and 2 staff / parents.

Thanks to the generosity of Integrated Industrial, students who visit a mine site are provided with quality PPE equipment to wear including Hi-Vis shirts with our logo, hard hats, safety glasses and riggers gloves. This helps our students to feel part of the mining team when they visit. The companies hosting our student work closely with us to ensure all safety and health requirements are met.

These trips have been thoroughly enjoyed by our students.

In 2019, work is commencing to expand this Program to allow all Year 6 students at East Waikiki PS to experience either a one day or two-day mining trip.

Please enjoy the images of some of our past trips outlining some of the amazing activities they participate in.