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Stories from the Reef

Selected dates in Term 1 - 4

Utilising creative arts, theatre activities and storytelling, students explore self-expression and playful exchange, inspired by the underwater life of the Sydney Opera House's Artificial Reef Project.

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:

  • From 15 December until at least 31 January 2022, the Opera House will continue to require that all visitors aged 16 years and over entering the building are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless medically exempt). Under 16s not fully vaccinated must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult. This includes visitors and patrons attending a performance or event, taking a tour, or visiting the box office, retail store, bar or restaurant operated within the building (Bennelong and Portside). These requirements will not apply to visitors attending outdoor events or venues on the Lower Concourse, including Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and the Welcome Centre;
  • QR code check-in – all patrons and their guests must continue to check-in using the Service NSW QR code;   
  • Face masks continue to be required for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the performance (unless medically exempt). We highly recommend children aged 11 years and younger wear a mask at all times;
  • 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

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

Modules available from 17 March to 14 November 2022

Thursday 17 March 2022 10am, 12.30pm
Friday 18 March 2022 10am, 12.30pm
Thursday 16 June 2022 10am, 12.30pm
Friday 17 June 2022 10am,  12.30pm
Monday 15 August 2022 10am,  12.30pm
Monday 31 October 2022 10am, 12.30pm
Monday 14 November 2022 10am, 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. 

The duration of this event is 90 minutes

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

Teacher Resource Pack

A Teacher Resource pack will be available from February 2022

Inspiring sustainability through creativity

Inspired by the Sydney Opera House Artificial Reef Project, students will learn through a series of creative arts activities in a sensory and immersive experience. These activities will be centred around self-expression and imaginative play, taking on characters you might encounter in the artificial reef, and performing imagined narratives and stories as a group.

Through collaborative making, the students will create their own underwater world using recycled materials in new and unusual ways. Combined with drama, storytelling and movement the workshop will culminate in a short curated show and tell.

The foundation of the workshop explores underwater ecosystems, sustainability, and plastic waste. It aims to increase students' sensitivity and understanding about healthy harbours and our relationship to caring and protecting our natural environments.

In this workshop, students will:

  • learn about the ecosystems of the harbour surrounding the Sydney Opera House and how artificial reefs are made and work to support new aquatic growth
  • collaborate with peers to create characters, small artworks and storylines that culminate in a short play or presentation
  • develop their ability to express themselves and communicate thoughts about their relationship to the natural world
  • learn about the ways the Sydney Opera House, and other organisations, can contribute to positively impacting the environment and community through sustainability projects

Stories from the Reef is a Creative Learning Workshop developed by Sarah-Vyne Vassallo with the Creative Learning Team at the Sydney Opera House.

Curriculum Links

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.

Design and Technology: ACTDEK004 - Explore the characteristics and properties of materials and components that are used to produce designed solutions. Eg. exploring facilities in local environments for accessibility and environmental impact, for example location of bike tracks and sporting fields using digital maps to view local area
Mathematics: Measurement and Geometry (Shape) ACMMG022 - Recognise and classify familiar two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional objects using obvious features. Eg. focusing on geometric features and describing shapes and objects using everyday words such as 'corners', 'edges' and 'faces'
Science: Understanding Biological Sciences ACSSU002 - Living things have basic needs, including food and water. Eg. recognising the needs of living things in a range of situations such as pets at home, plants in the garden or plants and animals in bushland; and recognising how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples care for living things
Science: As Human Endeavour ACSHE013 - Science involves observing, asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events. Eg. recognising that observation is an important part of exploring and investigating the things and places around us; and sharing observations with others and communicating their experiences
Science: As Human Endeavour ACSHE035 - People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things. Eg. identifying the ways humans manage and protect resources, such as reducing waste and caring for water supplies.

Program information

These newly developed Creative Learning Modules use the site and building of the Sydney Opera House as a catalyst for learning about science, technology, engineering, arts, architecture and maths - transforming the way we understand STEM subjects and ideas through the creative and performing arts.

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 deeply embedded learning experiences.

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?

Bring and wear a mask. Face masks continue to be required for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the performance (unless medically exempt). We highly recommend children aged 11 years and younger wear a mask at all times. 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 attend the Opera House? 

From 15 December until at least 31 January 2022, the Opera House will continue to require that all visitors aged 16 years and over entering the building are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless medically exempt). Under 16s not fully vaccinated must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult. This includes visitors and patrons attending a performance or event, taking a tour, or visiting the box office, retail store, bar or restaurant operated within the building (Bennelong and Portside). These requirements will not apply to visitors attending outdoor events or venues on the Lower Concourse: Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and the Welcome CentreCheck-in processes will be in place for verifying proof of vaccination upon entry.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Yes, please bring and wear a mask. Face masks continue to be required for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the performance (unless medically exempt). We highly recommend children aged 11 years and younger wear a mask at all times. Please bring your own mask.

Some members of the community may have issues wearing masks due to health conditions. We ask that you be respectful to others as reasons for not wearing a mask are not always obvious.

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 - Venue

What time do I need to arrive before the event?

We advise that you arrive 15 minutes prior to 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.

Are there change tables in the CFC?

Baby change table and nappy bins are available in the Centre for Creativity, as well as the accessible public toilets in the below locations. View our map here for more info.

  • Western Foyers – close to the Centre for Creativity, Drama Theatre as well and the Playhouse
  • Lower level of the Concourse
  • Main Box Office accessible toilets
  • Concert Hall Northern Foyer (both Male and Female)

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, or within the western foyers, 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 only be open 60 minutes pre-show for Centre for Creativity activities. However it is strongly encouraged you travel lightly and do not bring items that require cloaking e.g. handbags bigger than A4-size, backpacks and umbrellas, which are not permitted inside our venues, this will assit with minimising contact and queing.

What if I can't come to the event?

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 pram parking at kids performances?

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to the 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 or as directed by Sydney Opera House staff, adhering to COVID-safe rules.

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.

Can my baby sit on my lap?

If you need to bring your baby to one of our activities that is not baby focussed, your baby may sit on your lap during the activity. Please note unless this is a baby-specific activity there is minumum pram parking onsite. Your baby will require a babes-in-arms ticket as they contribute to our venue capcities.

Does my child need to wear a face mask?

Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a face mask.

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

Food and beverages will not be allowed in the Centre for Creativity, unless specified in the event. Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and Portside are also available to purchase food before your event. Please bring a credit or debit card for any on site purchases to enable contactless payment.

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