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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 Creatvity | Sydney Opera House Presents | Schools


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.


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


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.


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

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Frequently Asked Questions - Performance and Venue

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