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On Country: Warrang

Selected dates in Terms 2-4

This workshop is all about being on Country, the land around us and our place in it. Our Creative Learning workshop focusses on the location of the Opera House, knowing who we are in place and time.

In the Centre for Creativity | Sydney Opera House Presents | Schools

COVID-safe and event information

The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Opera House is our priority. When you return to the Opera House, you will notice some important changes that have been implemented to keep the community safe, which are regularly reviewed and updated in consideration of the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry at all times:

  • Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask;
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage; and
  • Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

Please refer to our updated General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events for detailed information about our ticketing policies. These conditions may change between the time of purchase and the event date. Ticketholders will be contacted directly regarding any changes to their event.

Please check our plan your visit page prior to attending the Opera House for the most up-to-date information.

Suitable for Years K - 2, 3 - 6, 7 - 9

This program is recommended for Early Stage 1 - Stage 5.

On-sale information

General public on sale Thursday 25 November, 9am

Program runs from Term 2 - Term 4

Years K - 2
Monday, 23 May 2022  10am and 12.30pm
Tuesday, 24 May 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Wednesday, 20 July 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Thursday, 21 July 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Friday, 22 July 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Monday, 22 August 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Tuesday, 23 August 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Monday, 21 November 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Tuesday, 22 November 2022 10am and 12.30pm

Years 3 - 6
Wednesday, 25 May 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Thursday, 26 May 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Friday, 27 May 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Monday, 25 July 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Tuesday, 26 July 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Wednesday, 27 July 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Wednesday, 24 August 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Thursday, 25 August 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Wednesday, 23 November 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Thursday, 24 November 2022 10am and 12.30pm

Years 7 - 9
Wednesday, 8 June 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Thursday, 9 June 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Wednesday, 3 August 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Wednesday, 19 October 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Wednesday, 26 October 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Thursday, 27 October 2022 10am and 12.30pm
Friday, 25 November 2022 10am and 12.30pm

Standard tickets from $15
Minimum 25 students per workshop

Ticket Price & Description
Student $15
Group up to 25 students $375
Group 25-50 students $750

Ratio required for supervision is 1 teacher per 15 students. The only authorised ticket agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House. For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the FAQ below. 

Event duration is 60 minutes

Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change

Teacher Resource Pack

A teacher resource pack will be available from 2022.

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What is Country?

Country is the land, the waters, the air; the air we breathe, the plants and animals, the mountains, desert. It is everything. Country is very important to Aboriginal people – it has long been connected to our beliefs and spirituality.

Space isn’t always defined by a building – rather it is the natural and the built environment interweaving that connects and grounds us to country. Aboriginal people belong to the land regardless of where they are in time and place.

Grounded in this approach, students will:

  • explore elements of organic design and how the natural and built environment interrelate
  • create their own maps with natural materials and objects
  • be guided through a grounding exercise
  • be asked to think deeply about First Nations ways of viewing the land, sea and physical site of the Opera House

On Country: Warrang is a Creative Learning Workshop developed by Kamilaroi artist and educator Annie-renae Winters with the Creative Learning Team at the Sydney Opera House.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

Curriculum links K-2

Each Creative Learning Module is devised to align with the Australian National Curriculum cross-curricular priorities and general capabilities, in particular critical and creative thinking, ethical understanding, intercultural understanding, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture priority and Sustainability priorities.

Creative Arts (Visual Arts)

VAES1.1 Makes simple pictures and other kinds of artworks about things and experiences.

VAES1.4 Communicates their ideas about pictures and other kinds of artworks.

VAS1.1 Makes artworks in a particular way about experiences of real and imaginary things.

English

ENe-1A communicates with peers and known adults in informal and guided activities demonstrating emerging skills of group interaction

ENe-12E demonstrates awareness of how to reflect on aspects of their own and others’ learning

EN1-1A communicates with a range of people in informal and guided activities demonstrating interaction skills and considers how own communication is adjusted in different situations

EN1-12E identifies and discusses aspects of their own and others’ learning

Science

STe-3LW-ST explores the characteristics, needs and uses of living things

STe-6ES-S identifies how daily and seasonal changes in the environment affect humans and other living things

ST1-1WS-S observes, questions and collects data to communicate and compare ideas

ST1-4LW-S describes observable features of living things and their environments

Curriculum links 3-6

Creative Arts (Visual Arts)

VAS2.3 Acknowledges that artists make artworks for different reasons and that various interpretations are possible.

VAS2.4 Identifies connections between subject matter in artworks and what they refer to, and appreciates the use of particular techniques.

VAS3.1 Investigates subject matter in an attempt to represent likenesses of things in the world.

English

EN2-12E recognises and uses an increasing range of strategies to reflect on their own and others’ learning

EN2-1A communicates in a range of informal and formal contexts by adopting a range of roles in group, classroom, school and community contexts

EN3-1A communicates effectively for a variety of audiences and purposes using increasingly challenging topics, ideas, issues and language forms and features

EN3-8D identifies and considers how different viewpoints of their world, including aspects of culture, are represented in texts

Science ST3-4LW-S examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things

Curriculum links 7-9

Aboriginal Studies: Students will develop knowledge and understanding of similarities and diversity in Aboriginal identities, communities and cultural expression

4.1 identifies the factors that contribute to an Aboriginal person’s identity

LS.2 explores Aboriginal culture and cultural expression

5. 2 explains ways in which Aboriginal Peoples maintain their identity

4.3  recognises the changing nature of Aboriginal cultures

Aboriginal Studies: understanding of Aboriginal Peoples’ ongoing contribution to, and interaction with, the wider Australian society Eg. investigating the impact of settlement on the local environment and its ecosystems (for example, comparing the present and past landscape and the flora and fauna of the local community)
Design and Technology: Students develop an understanding of the impact of past, current and emerging technologies on the individual, society and environments

DT4-3 describes the impact of past, current and emerging technologies on the individual, society and environments

Design and Technology: Students develop knowledge and understanding of the work of designers and the issues and trends that influence their work DT4-5 describes designed solutions that consider preferred futures, the principles of appropriate technology, and ethical and responsible design
Design and Technology: Students develop knowledge and understanding of and skills in creativity, innovation and enterprise DT5-6 develops and evaluates creative, innovative and enterprising design ideas and solutions
English EN4-9E uses, reflects on and assesses their individual and collaborative skills for learning
Science SC4-14LW relates the structure and function of living things to their classification, survival and reproduction Stage 5

Program information

Developed by Gamilaroi educator Annie-renae Winters, these new Creative Learning Modules explore the Sydney Opera House as a catalyst for creative learning experiences around First Nations culture, history, perspectives, experiences and stories.

Designed for students to develop lateral connections with content for deep embedded learning experiences, the Modules can be delivered alongside a tour of the House exploring First Nations perspectives, the architectural practice of Jorn Utzon and his collaborators, as well as the contemporary uses of the site as a world-class performing arts venue. All Modules include pre and post-learning activities, as well as a range of video resources designed for students to develop lateral connections with content for deep embedded learning experiences.

Meet the Artist...

Annie-renae Winters is a Kamilaroi woman who grew up on Wiradjuri/Gadigal land. She has worked in education within Sydney independent and public schools for over 10 years. She has run a not-for-profit design school focusing on Indigenous design incorporated into art education.

Annie has been a tutor/lecturer in the Indigenous health faculty in Western Sydney for two years, and is now an Associate Lecturer at Sydney University in Indigenous health looking at social and emotional health and how art/design plays a role within public health for adults and children. Her current research area is looking at the strengths of Aboriginal culture and art within school-based programs for wellbeing.

Annie works as a consultant to NSW schools and runs various workshops within Sydney creating murals that represent Indigenous space in a contemporary way. She freelances as an artist and has designed this year's 2021 Bandanna day design for Canteen.

As a practicing artist, she uses this to connect with culture and stay grounded to Indigenous ways of being. Her goal as an artist is to be research-based, connected to culture and working with community.

Ticket and Travel Subsidy

The Sydney Opera House is committed to providing the very best national and international performing arts experiences to NSW students as part of their educational studies.

The Sydney Opera House Arts Assist program provides the full cost of the Creative Learning performance ticket and $5 per student toward travel costs. School applications are assessed according to socioeconomic disadvantage, schools with special needs and individual responses regarding the School Profile and School Community.

The Sydney Opera House thanks and acknowledges our generous Arts Assist donors; The Greatorex Foundation and Sydney Opera House Ladies’ Committee.

Venue Information

In line with the NSW Public Health Order, venue capacity is currently limited to 75%. This includes all performances in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre and Utzon Room. Please note that you may be seated directly alongside other patrons.

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice). 
  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

Frequently Asked Questions - Schools

What time do I need to arrive before the event?

We recommend your group arrives early at the venue, at least 45 minutes prior to the performance start time.

If you are late, we will seat you as soon as possible, but please be aware that some events have lock out periods where late comers cannot be admitted until a suitable break in the performance.  Occasionally this is not until the interval, and in some instances late comers won’t be admitted at all. 

Please call Front of House on 02 9250 7134 to notify us if your group is running late.

Where is the closest location for bus parking and drop off?

The closest location to disembark from buses and coaches is on Macquarie Street. Please contact City of Sydney to confirm bus and coach set down areas. We recommend allowing an additional 10 minutes for walking from Macquarie Street. There is no bus parking onsite at Sydney Opera House. 

What are the transport options to the Opera House?

Circular Quay is the closest station for public transport via train, bus and ferry. We recommend allowing 15 minutes to walk from Circular Quay for school groups. To view timetable information and ensure your public transport needs can be met, please contact Transport NSW. Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on COVID-19 safety measures for public transport.

Is there storage for school bags?

The safety and security of everyone visiting our site is paramount. We require all items larger than the dimensions of an A4 piece of paper to be cloaked. As our cloakrooms have limited space, we request that where possible teachers and students do not bring large bags/backpacks with them to the performance.

Does Sydney Opera House have a Risk Assessment policy?

Download our Risk Assessment Information 2021 here

Where can I eat nearby?

If your students are bringing a packed lunch, Royal Botanic Gardens adjacent to the Opera House is quite pleasant in fine weather. Or our restaurants offer everything from casual snacks to kid friendly meals. See our Restaurants. 

Can I take food and drink inside the venue?

Food and drink are permitted inside the foyers, but not in the venues.

What if our school group can't attend the performance?

Please contact our Creative Learning Ticketing Specialists on 02 9250 7770  as soon as possible to advise if your group can no longer attend. If your group can no longer attend because your school is located in a hotspot, or has had a positive case of COVID-19 symptoms, the Opera House has introduced flexible ticketing options to help you. 

Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Safety Measures

What safety measures have you implemented?

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of everyone on site, and we are closely following NSW Health guidelines and advice. The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government. For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you when visiting, please see our plan your visit page.

What am I required to do as an audience member?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage.

Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you, please see our plan your visit page.

Do I need to be vaccinated to visit the Sydney Opera House?

The Sydney Opera House no longer requires patrons to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

How are you managing contact tracing? 

Contact information is required when making a booking with us and upon arrival at the Opera House, as set out in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events and our Customer Privacy Statement.

As the ticket purchaser, you are responsible for recording the contact details of your guests. Contact information will only be used for the purposes of contact tracing, if required, and will be deleted at least 28 days after your event.

Frequently Asked Questions - Performance and Venue

What time do I need to arrive before the event?

Ticket purchases and collection at our Box Office is discouraged and eTicket or postal delivery methods should be used, wherever possible. However, if you are collecting your tickets from the Box Office, we recommend doing this at least 60 minutes before the event starts. If you have already received your tickets, the venue doors will be open 45 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. It is encouraged that you take your seats as soon as you arrive. 

If you are late, we will seat you as soon as we can and, where possible, in your allocated seat. However, to reduce movement in the venue as well as minimise disruption to the performance and other patrons, ticketholders may be seated in an allocated latecomer’s seat. Please be aware that some events have lock-out periods. In these cases, latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. On occasions, this may not be until the interval, or at all where there is no interval. 

Ticketholders must comply with the directions of Opera House ushers to assist with contact tracing.

Details of our right to refuse admission can be found in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Events.

Will there be bag checks, and is cloaking available?

In line with our venue security procedures, Opera House security will be scanning and checking bags under the Monumental Stairs, prior to entering the building. Bags will be scanned by an x-ray machine, and staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling your belongings, such as gloves. Cloaking facilities will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 60 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. However it is strongly encouraged that you travel lightly to minimise contact and queuing. Any bags larger than an A4 piece of paper will need to be checked into the Cloak Room.

Who are the authorised ticket sellers for this event?

The authorised agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House. 

Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered reliable. If you purchase tickets from a non-authorised agency such as Ticketmaster Resale, Viagogo, Ticketbis, eBay, Gumtree, Tickets Australia or any other unauthorised seller you risk that these tickets are fake, void or have previously been cancelled. RESALE RESTRICTION APPLIES. For more details, please refer to our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events.

What if I can't come to my performance?

Please contact Box Office on 9250 7777 as soon as possible to advise if you can no longer attend. If you can no longer attend because you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, the Opera House has introduced flexible ticketing options to help you, find out more information here.

Will there be food and beverages available to be purchased in the venue?

  • Foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars, and should be consumed while seated in designated foyers spaces. 
  • Drinks purchased at our theatre bars can also be taken into venues for most performances. 
  • The venue doors will be open 45 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. It is encouraged that you take your seats as soon as you arrive.
  • Please bring a credit or debit card for any on site purchases to enable contactless payment. You’re welcome to bring your own water bottle but no other food and drinks are permitted inside our venues. Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and Portside are also available for you to enjoy.

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