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We have an exciting program of professional learning for teachers focusing on Victorian Curriculum and Aboriginal perspectives across the curriculum.

Bookings are essential for all programs

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Thursday 23 Feb

We are All Custodians: Teaching Aboriginal history and living culture

Wednesday 15 March

Ballarat Clayton’s Shortlist Evening

Wednesday 19 April

Teaching Democratic Responsibility through History (using MADE and Blood on the Southern Cross)

A Saturday in May

Pre-Book Week Presentation. Escape to Everywhere

Friday 26 May

The Gnarrwirring Ngitj Lecture

Sunday 28 May

Narmbool Walk on Wadawurrung Country

Thursday 1 June

Wadawurrung GoldBar @ The Gold Museum

Saturday 3 June

Gnarrwirring Ngitj Corroborree

Tuesday 4 July

Catholic School Teachers’ Open Day at Sovereign Hill

Wednesday 5 July

Teachers’ Open Day during Christmas in July

Saturday 22 July

VCE Geography Tourism Fieldwork Day at Sovereign Hill

Wednesday 18 October

Weston Bate Lecture during History Week

   

We’re all custodians: Teaching Aboriginal history and living culture

Thursday 23 February, 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm at Sovereign Hill.
Do you feel confident to teach the cross-curriculum priority “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures”? Join us at Sovereign Hill on 23 February to take part in this special professional learning opportunity, suitable for both primary and secondary teachers. Gain insights from local elders, academics and the Sovereign Hill Education Team on how to most effectively and respectfully teach this area of the curriculum across History, English, Geography and Civics and Citizenship. Afternoon tea will be provided.
Cost: $30 per person. Download a flier here

Fully Booked

 

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Ballarat Clayton’s Shortlist Evening

Wednesday 15 March, 6.00pm start, Barkly’s Restaurant, Main Road, Ballarat.
For primary and secondary teachers, teacher librarians and interested staff.

This popular evening is a unique opportunity to learn about the CBCA awards entries before planning Book Week celebrations for students in your school. Our local experts will brief you about this year’s entries and discuss the reasons for their personal choices for the awards. Will our chosen presenters’ choices match the judges’ choices? What are your selections for the 2017 CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2017? Share your recommendations with fellow librarians and educators over dinner. Books will be on sale on the night. Local experts include: Older Readers - Rosalie Corbett, Picture Book - Fiona Kieni-Judd, Early Childhood - Melissa Waight and Sarah Butson (Ballarat Library - Wendouree) and
Younger Readers - Deborah Marshall.
Cost: $45 CBCA and SLAV members, $50 non-members (includes a two course meal and coffee).
Book here

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Teaching Democratic Responsibility through History (using MADE and Blood on the Southern Cross)

Wednesday 19 April, 4.00pm to 8.00pm beginning at MADE (102 Stawell St, Ballarat) and finishing at Sovereign Hill.
Teachers are invited to explore MADE and hear from History and Civics and Citizenship specialists on ways you can meet the new Victorian Curriculum standards. Attendees will enjoy a delicious native flavour-infused dinner at MADE’s Saltbush Kitchen, and then see Sovereign Hill’s famous sound and light show Blood on the Southern Cross.
Costs: $30
Book here

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Pre-Book Week Presentation. Escape to Everywhere

A Saturday in May, (TBC), 11.00am - 3.30pm at Sovereign Hill.
For primary and secondary teachers and school librarians.
A Children’s Book Council of Australia Victorian judge will discuss the books short-listed for the prestigious Children’s Book of the Year Award. They will provide an insight into judging excellence in children’s literature. This professional learning activity includes a book display by Ballarat Books. Morning tea and lunch provided.
Cost: $25 for CBC and SLAV members, $35 for non-members, includes lunch and entry to Sovereign Hill. Registered participants may enter Sovereign Hill from 10.00am onwards.
Bookings open soon.

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The Gnarrwirring Ngitj Lecture

Friday 26 May, (National Sorry Day) 5.15pm to 7pm at Sovereign Hill.
This innovative annual lecture will focus on new research into Aboriginal history and culture. More details coming soon.
Cost: Free
Bookings open soon. Sign up to the Gnarrwirring Ngitj newsletter to keep up to date.

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Narmbool Walk: Learning history and living culture on Wadawurrung Country

Sunday 28 May, 1.00pm to 3.00pm at Narmbool (Horsehill North Rd, Elaine)
Come for a guided tour of our historic pastoral property Narmbool, situated just 30mins from Ballarat, to learn about some exciting new archaeological finds which deepen our understanding of Aboriginal land use, cultural practices and economy. Learn about the pre-contact history of this beautiful part of Wadawurrung Country during a 2-3km walk past landscape features and bush foods and medicines used by the Wadawurrung People for thousands of years. Please bring shoes suitable for bushwalking and a water-proof jacket in case of wet weather.

Cost: TBA
Bookings open soon. Sign up to the Gnarrwirring Ngitj newsletter to keep up to date.

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Wadawurrung GoldBar @ The Gold Museum

Thursday 1 June, 6.00pm to 9.00pm at the Gold Museum.
Experience the Gold Museum at night and learn about the history and living culture of Ballarat’s traditional owners, the Wadawurrung people. Enjoy some native nibbles and cocktails while hearing from elders and experts, get hands-on with short workshops, and try on a beautiful possum-skin cloak. Gold Museum curators will also take visitors behind-the scenes to get up close with our rarely seen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections. More details coming soon.
Cost: TBC
Bookings open soon. Sign up to the Gnarrwirring Ngitj newsletter to keep up to date.

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Gnarrwirring Ngitj Corroborree

Saturday 3 June, 5.15pm to 7.00pm at Sovereign Hill.
Be sure to book early for this unique celebration of Wadawurrung culture - it booked out last year! A special performance of traditional Wadawurrung dance and song will be performed by firelight at Sovereign Hill on Saturday 3 June. Gates will open at 5.15pm. Food with a bush twist will be available for purchase, and while there are seats available, attendees are advised to bring a picnic blanket. This event is not to be missed!
Cost: TBC
Bookings open soon. Sign up to the Gnarrwirring Ngitj newsletter to keep up to date.

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Catholic School Teachers’ Open Day at Sovereign Hill

Tuesday 4 July, 10.30am to 12.00 noon at Sovereign Hill.
Come and see Christmas in July and the Winter Wonderlights.
This special day will explore Sovereign Hill education within the context of teaching in a Catholic school. You will be free to explore our museums with your family in the afternoon.
Cost: Free for teachers only.
Book here

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Teachers’ Open Day during Christmas in July

Wednesday 5 July, 10.30am to 12.00 noon at Sovereign Hill.
Come and see Christmas in July and the Winter Wonderlights.
This special day will include an inspiring presentation for teachers between 10.30am and 12.00pm. You will then be free to explore our museums with your family for the rest of the day.
Cost: Free for teachers only.
Book here

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VCE Geography Tourism Fieldwork Day at Sovereign Hill

Saturday 22 July, 10.30am to 2.00 pm at Sovereign Hill
Sovereign Hill has been named Australia’s best tourist attraction on a number of occasions. There is no better place to undertake the fieldwork associated with this new course. Teachers will experience the education program exploring the interplay of socio-cultural, economic and environmental considerations affecting management strategies and be provided with practical examples of fieldwork undertaken by visiting school groups studying the Tourism unit. You will have time to explore the site and to experience many of the attractions and presentations.
Cost: Free for teachers only. Lunch is at participants’ own cost.
Book here.

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Weston Bate Lecture during History Week

Wednesday 18 October, 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm in the Victoria Theatre, Sovereign Hill.
For everyone interested in local history.
The Annual Professor Weston Bate Lecture takes place during History Week in the Victoria Theatre at Sovereign Hill. The lecture is in honour of the lasting contribution Professor Bate has made to the study of local history and its importance to Australia’s national story. Book early for this popular event.
This year’s guest lecturer will be Dr. Benjamin Mountford, David Myers Research Fellow, La Trobe University. Ben’s new book, Britain, China, and Colonial Australia was published by Oxford University Press in November 2016.
Cost: Free.
Book here

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Bookings are essential for all Professional Learning activities.