Quest to Stop the Mischief-Making Opera Ghost is presented on Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets and uses beacon technology to customise educational content as children explore the Opera House with their guide.
Their mission is to help the performers of the Sydney Opera House get ready for their evening performance. This is not as easy as it seems as Marco the Mischievous, the Sydney Opera house ghost, has been getting up to mayhem and silliness and moving props and changing signs. With the Tour Guides' help, the children will be able to find the performers and by answering questions correctly, the performers will once again be ready to perform on the stage.
All questions are tailored to the curriculum and have been written in collaboration with teachers to provide a fun, yet educational experience of the Sydney Opera House.
Areas of curriculum covered, dependent on where the school group visits across the Opera House:
- Built environment
- Indigenous studies
- Creative arts
For every 10 children
Max. group of 25 children
||1 x free of charge
||3 x free of charge
Now accepting bookings for all Terms.
To book, contact our Tours Reservation Team:
Tel: +61 2 9250 7250
What to expect
Your 1 hour 15 minute tour will be entertaining from start to finish with professional guides leading your class on a journey through the Opera House, covering venues, hallways and foyers to discover a variety of characters along the way.
Your class will be welcomed by your guide at the tour meeting point on the lower concourse at the start of the tour. Here they will greet your group and explain their mission. You will then be guided to your first venue where you will be met by a second guide to support and assist with the technology. These guides will then explain the tablet technology (which we find children understand better than adults) and away you will go!
This tour encompasses all areas of Year 3 and 4 curriculum, from looking at Indigenous history to the structure of the building. The tablets work to complement the guide and your journey through the Opera House. There are five characters to collect on your visit and the programme is developed so that all children will accomplish this by the end of the tour. Once collected, the children have the opportunity to place these on to their own virtual stage and complete their mission for the day. Certificates are handed out at the end to congratulate children on completing their task.
How it works
This tour works by using beacon technology, which means as you travel through the Opera House you encounter new characters who each have a question to ask. The children will be given the information by the tour guide and can then decipher the answer themselves. All questions are multiple choice and allow the children multiple attempts at completing. Your guide is always on hand to assist as you go.
Tablets are handed out per child and are encased in durable casing with grips and a lanyard to ensure they are easy to hold and carry. When moving from venue to venue, the guide will organise the children so they are moving without looking at the tablets to ensure the safety of the group. The tablets only access the tour software so there is no opportunity for watching movies during the tour!
The programme is flexible depending on access, so it can proceed at all times of the day.
The guide will manage the group and the programme in its entirety, including the children in all activities and questions to ensure the group move forward together. As technology is being used on the tour we ask that teachers and supervisors actively engage, by assisting with any reading difficulties that may occur. The tour is fun and fast paced, allowing children to learn in an engaging and playful way.
FAQ: A GUIDE FOR TEACHERS ON TOUR
How long does the tour last?
1 hour 15 minutes in total
How big can the group be?
Group size – 25 students per group, 10 adults per group maximum (35 total)
What is the teacher/supervisor ratio required?
At least 1 teacher per 10 students are required
What is the cost for teachers/ supervisors?
For every 10 students one adult can go free of charge
Where a maximum group of 25 students is attending - 3 teachers can be free of charge
All other adult supervision will be payable at a cost of $11 each.
What if we have a group larger than 25?
Larger groups will be divided in half and another guide supplied
For instance if you have 30 students your group will be divided into two groups of 15 children
This will all be discussed at the time of booking.
When is payment needed?
Payment will be needed at the latest a week prior to your booking
What happens if we need to cancel?
Full refunds are available if you cancel your booking more than 72 hours prior to your tour date.
If cancellation is within 72 hours we will be unable to refund your booking.
What happens if a tablet is damaged during the tour?
All tablets are encased in durable casing with grips and a lanyard to ensure they are easy to hold and carry. The children are given a full briefing at the beginning of every tour to introduce the tablets to the visit and explain how they need to be used. Tablet etiquette is introduced from the offset in a fun and interactive way to ensure the children move around site safely.
How do I book?
All bookings are via our friendly reservations team who can assist with questions and ensuring your visit is as smooth as possible.
Tel: +61 2 9250 7250
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