School Group FAQs

Bookings

Bookings are essential for all school groups visiting the Shrine and Galleries of Remembrance. Bookings are for classes of up to 25 students. The maximum number of students at any one time is 75 or three classes. Groups larger than this must spread themselves over a number of session times. This also enables us to spread student tours across the Shrine site and avoid overcrowing of spaces.  

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When you make your booking please have this information close at hand:

  • Organising teacher's name, email address and telephone number
  • Your chosen program
  • Your school's Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • School phone number
  • Your preferred date and possible alternatives
  • Anticipated student numbers
  • Anticipated teacher (and other chaperone) numbers
  • Year level of your students
  • What is your goal for this visit?
  • Is there any other relevant information or special requirements that we need to be aware of? (For example: accessibility or special interest area).

Program cancellations or amendments

Please provide as much notice as possible for your cancellation or amendment. This will allow opportunities for other students to attend in the scheduled time slot. To cancel your booking scroll down to the bottom of your confirmation email and follow the 'Cancel or amend this link'. Schools that do not show without 24 hours notice may be charged an administration fee.

Before you arrive

We recommend teachers visit the Shrine in advance of visiting with students to familiarise yourself with the Shrine, its Galleries and facilities. For an online preview of what the Shrine has in store for you review the interactive map. You can also download educational resources and explore our current exhibitions

A self-guided brochure is available to be purchased from the Shrine Visitor Centre for $1.00 each. You can download a complimentary copy of the brochure as a PDF in English or Chinese languages.

How to get to the Shrine

The Shrine of Remembrance is located on Birdwood Avenue and St Kilda Road. The Shrine Education Centre is accessed from Birdwood Avenue. Look for the giant poppy shade which is suspended over the Schools Entry Courtyard.



Train: the nearest train station is Flinders Street Railway Station. Walk or catch a tram 1.3k down St Kilda Road.
Tram: any southbound tram down Swanston Street or St Kilda Road (except route number 1) to stop 19 or 20, then walk 400 metres to the Shrine.
Walk: 20-minute walk (1.6k) from Federation Square along tree-lined St Kilda Road.
Bus: school bus or chartered coach parking is available on Birdwood Avenue directly outside the Shrine.

More information about planning your visit and accessibility at the Shrine. 

On arrival at the Shrine

Please try to ensure that your group arrives at the Education Centre at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start of your program or tour. If you arrive at the Shrine more than 15 minutes late we cannot guarantee your reserved program or tour. Unfortunately, lost time cannot be made up for due to tight schedules and restraints on the availability of education spaces. 

In the event of inclement weather or other unexpected delays please telephone enroute to advise on 03 9661 8139.

On arrival at the Shrine the teacher in charge of the excursion is invited to enter the Education Centre to register your attendance and leave a mobile phone number. Other staff, chaperones and students may wait in the student courtyard. Shrine staff or volunteers will assist the teacher in charge to organise student entry.  

Behavioural expectations

The Shrine of Remembrance is a place of commemoration and remembrance of the service and sacrifice of Australians in war and peacekeeping activities. We believe students have a better experience when they know what to expect and what is expected of them. Please review and brief your students and other teachers or chaperones attending in regards to the Shrine behavioural expectations prior to your visit.

  • listen carefully to all information given during your visit
  • during the Ray of Light ceremony in the Sanctuary please remain silent and still. This is a sign of respect and allows all visitors to reflect on the importance of service & sacrifice
  • remove hats when inside the Sanctuary
  • leave all food and drink in your bag or at the cloaking area
  • please do not touch any of the display items
  • check that mobile phones are turned on silent before starting your program
  • be mindful of other visitors at the Shrine by walking sensibly and speaking at an appropriate volume
  • be aware that the Shrine Forecourt (hedged area) and Courtyards are designated commemorative areas 

Adult supervison

Teachers, chaperones and parent helpers have an important role to play to ensure the success of your visit. Each adult accompanying students is required to be in a supervisory role and is responsible for students’ behaviour at all times.

We rely on your support to:

  • keep the class together during your program or tour
  • resolve any behavioural issues that may arise, and;
  • be an active participate in group work 

Please note that only students who have been booked into the tours can attend the tour. Siblings or teachers' children may not join these sessions. 

We recommend the following student: teacher ratios when visiting the Shrine:

  • Years F-2, pre-schools and home schoolers 8:1
  • Years 3-6 12:1
  • Years 7-12 16:1
  • Tertiary 25:1

What to wear

Students should follow the dress code for their school. If students are out of uniform teachers are asked to ensure that students wear smart casual clothing. As students will be inside the Shrine and in its grounds, appropriate clothing and protection are required. Comfortable waterproof footwear, sunhats, sun protection creams, waterproof coats or jackets could be considered. The Shrine grounds will expose students to the weather elements therefore students should be prepared for wind, rain, heat or cold.

Bags

Due to the fragile nature of the displays we kindly ask that school bags are not bought into the Shrine. When possible bags should remain on the bus. Students and teachers may bring small bags into the Galleries. Cloaking space is limited and when possible we will do our best to cloak bags for self-guided groups. Cloaking facilities are secure, but items are left at the owner's risk. Medication may be carried by teachers.

Lunch

School groups visiting the Shrine on a pleasant day might enjoy a picnic lunch on the Shrine Reserve (away from the courtyards and ceremonial areas). Encourage students to bring a 'no-waste' lunch and dispose of any litter at school. 

Curriculum links

The Shrine Schools Education programs and resources align with the Victorian Curriculum frameworks and Australian Curriculum in regards to History; Historical knowledge and understanding, Historical skills, Civics and citizenship, Literacy, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability and Ethical understanding.

Equity

The Shrine of Remembrance is committed to ensuring its programs and activities are accessible to all Victorian schools. Schools recognised as having a low overall socio-economic profile on the Government School Performance Summary are eligible to apply for subsidised support to visit.  Please email [email protected] for further information or to learn if you qualify.

Donations are walmly invited

Donations to the Shrine go towards the delivery of our free education programs. There are three simple ways to donate to the Shrine of Remembrance:

  • donate online
  • using the donation boxes located inside the Shrine
  • cheque or postal order made out to the 'Shrine of Remembrance' and post to GPO Box 1603 MELBOURNE VIC 3001

All donations to the Shrine of $2 or more are tax deductible. ABN number  97 827 162 519

Working with Children Act

The Shrine of Remembrance has implemented the 'Working With Children Act 2005'. All staff and volunteers working with children comply with these regulations. More information about this important legislation is available at the Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation.

Certificate of Currency

Download the Shrine's certificate of currency

We look forward to welcoming you and your students to the Shrine.