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Aboriginal Perspectives of Bennelong Point: Guwanyi Walama

Join our Indigenous narrator for a journey into the history and culture of Bennelong Point.

In your classroom

Available in Term 3

Term 3, 2020

Friday, 18 September at 11am, 12.15pm and 2pm

Suitable for Years 3 - 6 

This event is recommended for Stages 2 - 3 

This program is free for Australian schools

All digital programs are free to Australian schools and can be viewed with video conferencing facilities or YouTube. Terms and conditions apply. Fees apply for all international bookings.

This program is free for Australian schools however to ensure all places are filled fairly, a $100 cancellation fee applies for any school who does not dial-in on the day without notifying the Sydney Opera House Creative Learning team.

Fees apply for international schools, please contact Sydney Opera House Creative Learning on 02 9250 7770 or for information and prices.

This program runs for approximately 45 mins

Schools should be dialed-in 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the session. Program duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.

Download the teacher’s resource pack

Our resources are packed with practical, creative activities that will add to your students’ experience. 

Guwanyi Walama: Aboriginal Perspectives of Bennelong Point: Stage 2 & 3 

Explore more teacher resources here.


“A highly engaging, exciting and useable format for learning.”

Teacher, Keith Area School, SA 

An interactive tour of Bennelong Point 

This oral history from the Aboriginal perspective will have students imagining this iconic Sydney place from creation time and the ancestral spirits who formed the landscape, to pre-settlement and the arrival of the First Fleet.

Students will learn about the daily life of the clan that inhabited Sydney Cove, including the fishing rites, oyster beds, and the connection between the Gadigal people and the land of Tubowgule.

You will also hear of the changes that came with the arrival of Governor Phillip, the struggles of the early settlers and the fascinating story of the man called Bennelong.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

Presenters outside Sydney Opera House for Digital Tour

NSW Curriculum Links




Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

General capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities


The Past in the Present
Community and Remembrance
First Contacts
The Australian Colonies
Australia as a Nation

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
Information and technology capability
Personal and social capability
Intercultural understanding

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
Personal and social capability
Civics and citizenship 


People and Places
The Earth’s Environment
A Diverse and Connected World

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Frequently Asked Questions

What equipment do I need?

All you need is a video conferencing unit! Most schools will have one of two video conference systems in place; Tandberg or Polycom.

If you require technical assistance with your video conferencing facilities, contact your schools’ tech support or alternatively contact Creative Learning on 02 9250 7770. NSW DEC schools can also call the DART Connections helpdesk on 02 6884 0241.

How do I book?

For NSW Schools click on the link for your preferred DART Connections session time. If it is the first time you have used DART Connections you will be required to set up a username and password. 

For interstate Australian schools and international schools, complete the enquiry form.

How can I arrange a test call prior to the session?

Contact our Creative Learning team on 02 9250 7770 or to arrange a test call.

What if I need to change/cancel my booking?

Should you discover that the time or date you have previously booked is not suitable, please contact Sydney Opera House Creative Learning on 02 9250 7770 or and we will try our best to accommodate you.

Please note that cancellation fees apply for schools who fail to dial-in on the day.

How can I prepare my class for their session? 

To ensure your students get the most out of the experience, a Teachers’ Resource Pack is available for this program (see the top of the page). We recommend using these resources in advance of your digital excursion.

How many students can I have participate in the one group?

As the program is interactive, we recommend a maximum of 30 students in one classroom for the session.

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