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Teacher Professional Learning Program 2018

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Bookings are essential for all events

A Tour of the Pern Collection at the Gold Museum
Thursday 1 March, 4-6 pm
The Gold Museum houses a large array of Aboriginal artefacts collected by Dr. Sydney Pern in the nineteenth century. The collection not only reveals insights into Aboriginal cultures, lifestyles and art, but also tells a story of nineteenth century collecting, and raises ongoing ethical issues regarding ownership, care, and preservation of such artefacts. Teachers will go on a unique back-of-house tour to explore rarely seen items from this collection and meet our Collections Manager. This content is particularly useful for teachers of Year 7/8 History.
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Ballarat Clayton’s CBCA Shortlist Evening
Wednesday 21 March, 6.00pm start, Barkly’s Restaurant, Main Road, Ballarat
For primary and secondary teachers, teacher librarians and interested school staff.
This popular evening provides a unique opportunity to learn about the CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) Awards’ entries before planning Book Week celebrations for students in your school. Our local experts will brief you on this year’s entries and discuss their favourite children’s books of 2018. Will our presenters’ choices match the judges’ choices? What are your selections for the 2018 CBCA Book of the Year Awards? Share your recommendations with fellow librarians and educators over dinner. Featured books will be available for purchase on the night.
Cost: $45 CBCA and SLAV members, $50 non-members (includes a two course meal and coffee).
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Our Shared History
Wednesday 30 May, 4.30-6pm at Sovereign Hill

Do you feel confident to teach the cross-curriculum priority “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures”? Suitable for both primary and secondary teachers, attendees will gain insights from local elders 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: $40 per person.
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The Gnarrwirring Ngitj Lecture
Saturday 26 May (National Sorry Day) 4-5.30pm, Victoria Theatre, Sovereign Hill

Celebrated Wadawurrung Artist Deanne Gilson will talk about her art practice and ongoing studies.
Cost: Free
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Pre-Book Week Presentation - Find your Treasure
Saturday 2 June, 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. Lunch will be served in the Charlie Napier Hotel following the Judge’s talk.
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.
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Teachers’ Open Day during Winter Wonderlights
Wednesday 4 July, 10.30am to 12.00noon at Sovereign Hill.

This special day will include an inspiring presentation for teachers between 10.30am and 12.00pm on school excursion/camp opportunities at Sovereign Hill, Narmbool and the Gold Museum. Bring the family with you (normal entry prices apply) and enjoy the Winter Wonderlights from midday onwards.
Cost: Free for teachers only. Familes at normal Winter Wonderlights prices.
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VCE Geography Tourism Fieldwork Day at Sovereign Hill
Friday 6 July, 10.30am to 2.00pm 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 the new Tourism unit in VCE Geography. Teachers will experience the education program exploring the interplay between socio-cultural, economic and environmental considerations affecting management strategies, and will be provided with practical examples of fieldwork undertaken by visiting school groups studying Unit 2: Tourism. You will have time to explore the site and to experience many of the attractions and presentations.
Cost: Free for teachers only. Lunch at participants’ own cost.
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Weston Bate Memorial Lecture during History Week
Wednesday 10 October, 5.30 to 8.00pm

For everyone interested in local history.
The Annual Professor Weston Bate Memorial 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. This year’s lecture will be delivered by Professor Joy Damousi, Professor of History and ARC Laureate at University of Melbourne. Book early for this popular event.
Cost: Free.
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Gnarrwirring Ngitj Corroborree
Friday 23 November, 5.30-9.30pm, at Sovereign Hill

This award-winning community event featuring traditional and contemporary Wadawurrung dance and song is not to be missed! Before the sun sets and the full moon rises, enjoy a variety of hands-on educational activities suitable for all ages, and take this opportunity to explore Sovereign Hill’s new goldrush-themed adventure playground. Additionally, a delicious array of foods with a bush twist will be available, and the bar will be open for business. The feature performance - the Gnarrwirring Ngitj Corroboree - will begin as darkness descends. While there are seats available, attendees are advised to bring a picnic blanket.
Cost: $10-$15
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Bookings are essential for all Professional Learning activities.