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Teacher Professional Learning Program 2019

This page is updated regularly with new events.
Bookings are essential for all events

Teacher Preview - Secondary school programs at the Gold Museum
New in 2019 the Gold Museum introduces Collection Closeup: The Chinese Collections
Tuesday 5 March, 4.00 to 6.00pm

Aimed at secondary students, this program will focus on the period 1890-1914. This program links with the cross-curricular priority “Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia” and looks at examples of cultural transfer to and from Asia around the emergence of the Republic of China. Go behind-the-scenes with one of the world’s oldest Chinese processional object collections, including Loong the Dragon, and with the extensive collection of missionaries George and Robina Arnott-Rogers. Explore questions of migration and cultural exchange between China and Australia.
This teacher preview will take you through the spaces and content featured in the program; teachers will go on a unique back-of-house tour to explore rarely seen items from this collection and be introduced to how we can use these collections with your students.

Free for teachers, light refreshments and a letter of PL included.
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Virtual Session: Introduction to the Chinese Collections at the Gold Museum
Thursday 7 March, 3:50-4:30pm

This program is an introduction to our new secondary Collection Close-Up program. You will be led on an exclusive ‘walking conversation’ through selected highlights from the collections of missionaries George and Robina Arnott-Rogers, from the internationally significant Chinese Processional Assemblage, and from the Chinese temple collection. Together these collections cover a period from approximately 1850-1914, a period of great change in China and in Australia. The aim is that students and teachers come away with an increased understanding of the diversity of our region, the role cultural heritage material plays in understanding and connecting to a community and an appreciation for the significance of The Chinese Collections.
This session will be delivered through the DET WebEx platform, participants will be emailed connection details after registration through eventbrite. A letter of professional learning can be emailed to participants on request.

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Ballarat Clayton’s CBCA Shortlist Evening
Wednesday 20 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 2019. Will our presenters’ choices match the judges’ choices? What are your selections for the 2019 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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Aura: Gold Changes Everything Special Viewing for Catholic School Teachers.
Friday 22 March, 7.30pm for drinks, 8.00pm talk, 8.30pm show (approx 90 minutes)

Sovereign Hill is a strategic partner of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria. Teachers from Catholic schools are invited to a special night to hear about the making of Sovereign Hill’s new night time experience followed by a free showing. Bring your teaching team for a team event.
Explore space, delve into the Dreamtime, and relive Australia’s most important rebellion - all while travelling under the night sky. AURA combines 3D cinema, world-class projections and experiential storytelling to reveal how gold revolutionised Australia. A multi-sensory experience nightly.
$15.00 covers refreshments. (Normally $64.00 per person) For teachers only.

Download an invitation here. Book here.

 

 

History Teachers’ Association of Victoria Regional Summit at Sovereign Hill
Friday 29 March All day

An exciting program featuring many of the HTAV’s best presenters developed in conjunction with Sovereign Hill Education. The Friday program will be followed by an optional free evening viewing of AURA and a day of visiting cultural institutions in Ballarat on Saturday.

Bookings via the HTAV

 

 

Aura: Gold Changes Everything Special Viewing for Teachers
Friday 29 March 7.30pm for drinks, 8.00pm talk, 8.30pm show (approx 90 minutes)

Teachers are invited to a special night to hear about the making of Sovereign Hill’s new night time experience followed by a free showing. Bring your teaching team for a team event. Explore space, delve into the Dreamtime, and relive Australia’s most important rebellion - all while travelling under the night sky. AURA combines 3D cinema, world-class projections and experiential storytelling to reveal how gold revolutionised Australia. A multi-sensory experience nightly.
$15.00 covers refreshments. (Normally $64.00 per person) For teachers only.Download an invitation here. Book here.



Virtual Session: Introduction to the Pern Collection at the Gold Museum
Thursday 4 April, 3:50-4:30pm

This program is an introduction to our secondary Collection Close-Up program with an exclusive ‘walking conversation’ through the Dr Sidney Pern collection of Indigenous material, it is particularly suitable for teachers of the year 7/8 history theme: Ancient Australia. Dr Sidney Pern was a nineteenth century collector who developed an extensive collection of material from across Australia, the Torres Strait Islands and the Pacific. This program will take you behind the scenes to learn about collection, conservation and museum ethics, meet with museum professionals and interact with real objects.
This session will be delivered through the DET WebEx platform, participants will be emailed connection details after registration through eventbrite. A letter of professional learning can be emailed to participants on request.

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The Gnarrwirring Ngitj Lecture
Sunday 26 May (National Sorry Day) 4-5.30pm, Victoria Theatre, Sovereign Hill

This fascinating annual lecture will focus on new research into Aboriginal history and culture. More details coming soon.
Cost: Free
Bookings open soon

 

The Environmental Impacts of the Gold Rushes
Wednesday 29 May
Join us for a special professional learning opportunity for teachers during Reconciliation Week to explore the intersections between Victoria’s 19th century history and our region’s experience of abrupt environmental change. Designed to help teachers meet the Victorian Curriculum cross-curriculum priorities “Learning about Sustainability” and “Learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures”, this event will showcase new resources that attendees can introduce to their classrooms.
Cost: $30 per person.
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Pre-Book Week Presentation - Reading is my super power
A Saturday June, 11.00am - 3.30pm at Sovereign Hill
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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 (TBC): $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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VCE Geography Tourism Fieldwork Day at Sovereign Hill
Saturday 8 June, 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.  Book early for this popular event.
Cost: Free.
Bookings open soon

 

Gnarrwirring Ngitj Corroborree
Date to be announced

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: TBC
Bookings opening soon.

Bookings are essential for all Professional Learning activities.