12 March, 2012
Beyond Bennelong: Sydney Opera House
Beams Direct Into NSW Classrooms
Sydney Opera House today launched its first ever Digital Education Program allowing students and teachers from schools across NSW access to Australia’s best known cultural and tourism destination - without leaving their classroom.
The SOH Digital Education Program offers a variety of experiences - an interactive behind-the-scenes tour of Sydney Opera House, a drama workshop, live streaming of performances or a range of one-off master classes. These are all delivered through video conferencing facilities with up to four schools able to take part simultaneously.
Jonathan Bielski, Acting CEO of Sydney Opera House, says the House has never been more accessible.
“Sydney Opera House belongs to everyone and all communities should have access to experiences here regardless of where they live.
The launch of our Digital Education Program means children in NSW who are unable to travel to Bennelong Point will no longer miss out on experiencing the world’s best creative minds and performing arts practitioners,” he said.
“The NSW Government’s rollout of Connected Classroom technology into State schools means we can bring the world’s greatest artists and thinkers in to the classrooms of Bourke, Batemans Bay and Bellingen, and deliver a truly engaging curriculum-linked experience for young people and their teachers.”
Sydney Opera House’s Digital Education Program offers the following:
1) Students can Discover the House with a roaming, interactive tour which brings the history and stories of the iconic building to life. This exclusive behind-the-scenes experience encourages open discussions along the tour with one of Sydney Opera House’s knowledgeable guides.
2) Students can also Discover The Stage as part of the Digital Education Program. Presented by professional actors and drama educators, students can experience what it might be like to take to the stage of Sydney Opera House as they participate in physical warm ups and practical drama tasks.
3) Students can engage with key curriculum via live streaming straight from the Sydney Opera House stage. Much of this content will allow students to access Sydney Opera House’s resident companies. On March 14, Bell Shakespeare’s Resident Artist in Education, James Evans, will engage students in a workshop following a streaming of Bell Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
4) There are also various one-off master classes for students and teachers.
Sydney Opera House has worked closely with the Department of Education and Communities to ensure the entire Digital Education Program is curriculum linked with subjects from Year 3 through to 12.
Sydney Opera House’s Digital Education Program can be booked by calling (02) 9250 7770 or visiting www.sydneyoperahouse.com
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