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Creative learning at Sydney Opera House for primary and secondary students

The Sydney Opera House has released its 2024 Creative Learning program, a curated year-round calendar of performances, workshops, tours, talks and digital learning experiences for primary and secondary students across Australia.

The curriculum-linked program offers educational Creative Learning experiences on site as well as an ambitious Digital Creative Learning program that connects young people in regional and remote classrooms with Opera House experiences.

Highlights of the 2024 Creative Learning program include:

Ten world-class performances including literary favourites brought to life on stage with Edward the Emu and Roald Dahl’s much-loved James and the Giant Peach; a physical theatre and projection extravaganza I Wish…; a circus performed by kids for kids Big Sky; a climate change tour de force with The River that Ran Uphill; and a playful dance celebration in Switzerland’s Game Theory.

Seven immersive workshops – students can explore STEAM workshops inspired by the building’s iconic architecture including hands-on modelling and drawing in Dissecting Geometry; learn about First Nations heritage and culture with Ngumpie Weaving; and engage with sustainability and marine habitats inspired by the Opera House’s artificial reef project.

Twenty five inspiring digital offerings – students can amplify their in-classroom experiences with interactive and on-demand workshops, plus talks featuring author and entertainer Gregg Dreise, composer for Untitled Goose Game Dan Golding, author of UltraWild Steve Mushin, best-selling graphic novelist Remy Lai and marine ecologists David Booth and Gigi Beretta. Over 100 free sessions are available throughout the year for primary and secondary schools.

Two new tours – the Sydney Opera House Schools Tour takes students on a fun and insightful walking journey to learn about how a sculpture on Sydney Harbour changed the course of 20th century architecture, and an exclusive behind-the-scenes digital Sustainability Tour that explores innovative practises through the lens of a World Heritage building.

The brand new A Day Out at the House experience is a jam-packed full-day program where students can attend a performance or workshop followed by a guided walking tour of one of the world’s most famous buildings.

Sydney Opera House BUILD: a flagship built environment program for secondary and tertiary students, enabled by the Ove Arup Foundation, where students use the Opera House building as a catalyst for learning, inspiring the next generation of built environment leaders. Secondary schools which participated in the BUILD program in 2023 include Liverpool Girls, Liverpool Boys, St Johns and Kogarah High.

“We are delighted to launch another world-class program of enriching new experiences for students and teachers both on site and online,” Sydney Opera House Head of Children, Families and Creative Learning, Tamara Harrison, said.

“Our 2024 Creative Learning program provides pathways into different cultures, social ideas, skills and perspectives and connects schools with leading artists, creatives and thought leaders to spark creativity in learning.

“Our carefully curated program will continue to assist teachers with accessible curriculum-linked excursions and activities, helping to develop students’ confidence, connect them with their peers, and offer a space for shared learning, big ideas and having fun!,” she said.

The Sydney Opera House is committed to providing the best national and international performing arts experiences to NSW students through the Arts Assist program. The ticket and travel subsidy provides the full cost of a Creative Learning performance ticket and a contribution towards travel costs. Schools may apply here.

The full 2024 Creative Learning program can be accessed here.

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