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Learning opportunities for students

NIDA offers a variety of ways schools can connect with the expertise of industry artists either at NIDA or in your school. These include participating in demonstration workshops, attending intensive HSC study days or immersing your class in our eduARG (alternate reality game), The Story Trader.

Primary schools

Transmedia Theatre: The Story Trader

The Story Trader is an educational alternate reality game (eduARG) designed to teach grade 5–6 students about storytelling. Students are immersed in a transmedia story world that promotes agency in student learning and develops skills in:

  • communication
  • collaboration
  • critical thinking
  • creativity.

The program is delivered over 6–8 weeks in partnership with the classroom teacher, NIDA teaching artists and NIDA actors.

‘The Story Trader program got my students to work creatively in such a collaborative way. They didn’t even realise that they were working! It was fantastic from a teacher’s perspective.’

James Kristof, Teacher,
Cambridge Gardens Public School

The story

The people of Tales End are in trouble. They have forgotten who they are and why they exist. They contact your students looking for help, but the students aren’t sure what they can do. Enter the Story Trader. She explains the only way to save Tales End is by telling stories and she promises to help them with their quest. Along the way, students work together to find hidden artefacts, construct portals to another world, receive secret messages on mobile phones, decode riddles, defeat the villainous Attention Seeker and above all, tell stories.

Curriculum links

The Story Trader has been designed to address learning outcomes in the English and Creative Arts (Drama) curriculums.

Implementation requirements

To fully participate in the program, you will need access to the following:

  • computer with a USB port and internet connection (a smart board is ideal) and speakers; PC is preferable
  • mobile phone that can be switched to loud speaker
  • recording device (e.g. iPad or video camera)
  • one or two supportive colleagues within the school community who will be able to help you out (they will be called on to deliver secret notes to your class)
  • a space in your classroom to build a semi-permanent ‘nook’ structure that remains for the duration of the project
  • resources to build a ‘nook’: these may include fabric, wool, string, sheets, pegs and boxes.

NIDA will provide

  • access to all props (includes physical artefacts, text-based props and digital materials) for the duration of the program
  • three incursions (visits from NIDA actors in role)
  • access to NIDA’s learning management system, myNIDA, for the duration of the program
  • access to the Story Trader Teacher Handbook
  • a customised production schedule
  • access to sample lesson plans (English and Drama)
  • ongoing creative and administrative support throughout the program as required.

Remote, regional and interstate delivery

The Story Trader can be delivered with the first and third incursion taking place online depending on the live streaming resources available at the school. It is essential however that the second incursion is a live, face-to-face experience. This may incur additional costs to cover travel and accommodation. Contact NIDA to discuss the possibilities within your region.

Grades

5–6

Date and Time

By negotiation

Location

NIDA or your school

Fees

School contribution for one class engagement $1,650
NIDA contribution $1,800
Total cost of The Story Trader $3,450

NB. Conditions and additional fees may apply for late booking changes or for workshops that take place further than 20km from the Sydney or Melbourne CBD.

Express interest

To learn more about this unique educational experience, email schools@nida.edu.au or call us on 1300 450 417.

Story Trader pilot program: Interview

In 2015, NIDA Open joined forces with the team at Project Synthesis to develop an immersive theatre experience for Primary school students. What they created is, The Story Trader and now we can’t wait to share it with you in your school.

NIDA Open’s Senior Course Manager Jenevieve Chang caught up with Kellie Mackereth, NIDA Open Schools Manager, and James Kristoff, Teacher at Cambridge Gardens Public School (CGPS), to discuss their experience of The Story Trader trials that took place last year.

JC: Kellie, can you begin by telling us what The Story Trader is?

KM: The Story Trader is an educational alternate reality game (eduARG) that teaches students in grades five and six about storytelling. Students are immersed in a multiplatform story world designed to promote agency in student learning and develop skills in communication, collaboration and critical and creative thinking.

The program unfolds over a six to eight week period and is delivered in partnership with the classroom teacher, NIDA educators and NIDA actors. Students are presented with a dramatic premise such as having to save a town called Tales End, the premise for CGPS. In order to do this, they need to work together to construct portals to another world, track their progress using digital maps, find artefacts hidden around the school, receive secret messages on mobile phones, decode riddles, host visits from character actors and most importantly, tell lots of stories.

JC: Why did NIDA approach Cambridge Gardens Public School to take part?

KM: The Story Trader program is all about collaboration. Collaboration between NIDA and classroom teachers, between classroom teachers and their students, and between the students themselves.

We met the students from CGPS when they came to our Improvisation and Playbuilding Demonstration last year. During this workshop we did a lot of work on making, accepting and extending offers, which are essential skills for collaborative practice. The students were accompanied by their Principal and their Drama teacher and we felt confident that this was a school who really valued the importance of collaboration, so we invited them to take part. At CGPS, the program was run as an English Unit and we were thrilled when James volunteered to trial it with his class.

JC: James, how did you anticipate the program would benefit your students when you agreed to take part?

JK: I anticipated that The Story Trader program would benefit students by engaging them with creative writing and creative expression in a totally new way. I thought it would allow students who aren’t usually risk-takers, the opportunity to enter a ‘creative freedom zone’ where they could feel like they could explore their creativity and imagination without the fear of ever being ‘wrong’.

JC: What impact did the program have on the students and the wider school community?

JK: All of the students totally bought into the world of The Story Trader and Tales End. The narrative within the program dominated class discussion for the whole term. My students kept coming up with theory after theory about what was happening and what might happen next. All the teachers and staff in the school were also in on the program, which helped to create the mystery of The Story Trader for all my students.

JC: Were there any outcomes of the project that surprised you or that you didn’t anticipate?

JK: What surprised me most was how participating in The Story Trader program got my students to work so creatively in such a collaborative way. There were several times throughout the program where the students all worked together to extend and progress the narrative of the story. They were working so well and were so engaged that they didn’t even realise that they were working! It was fantastic from a teacher's perspective.

JC: The students who participated in The Story Trader have now moved on to high school. What lessons from their experience do you think they will take with them?

JK: The students will definitely take stronger creative thinking and writing skills with them as they move on to high school. I hope that the creative freedom and willingness to take risks developed throughout the program also stays with them.

JC: Kellie, how can schools find out more about The Story Trader coming to their school?

KM: The best way is to call us on 02 9697 7626 or complete the expression of interest form. We will then arrange a time to discuss the program in more detail and see how we can customise the experience for your school.

Primary School Artist in Residence

Customised to suit the learning needs of your students, NIDA's Primary School Artist in Residence program is a great way to bring drama into your school for a whole term. The program can focus on anything from confidence building and improvisation, to exploring personal narratives and cultural identity or even tackling complex relationship issues within your school context. The artist in residence can be integrated into the school day or occur as an after school activity.

Learning opportunities

  • Customised to meet the desired curriculum links and learning needs of your school and students.

Grades

K–6

Date and time

7 weeks of a school term, 1.5 hours per week. Other durations may be negotiated.

Venue

Your school

Fees

Customised quotes will be developed for individual schools based on the desired program.

Express interest

To learn more about this unique educational experience, email schools@nida.edu.au or call us on 1300 450 417.

Secondary schools

HSC Drama Performance

HSC Drama Performance is a comprehensive course for NSW students in year 11 and 12. Broaden your understanding of performance styles and develop improvisation, acting and devising techniques. The focus is on how best to communicate as a performer to an audience in both the group and individual performance projects.

Learning opportunities

  • Text Analysis: practise the skills of interpreting texts as a performer.
  • Devising Techniques: discover strategies for generating performance material.
  • Performance Skills: develop movement and voice skills.
  • Dramaturgy: create a complete theatrical statement.

Grades

11–12

Date and time

12-16 April 2021, 10am-5pm
20-24 September 2021, 10am-5pm

Venue

NIDA, Anzac Parade Kensington.

Fees

$625, $563.20 earlybird*

* Earlybird payment to be received 28 days prior to the start date of the course

Bookings

Book now

On the day

  • Please wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing that you can move in.
  • Please wear close-toed shoes. This is a WHS requirement.
  • Please bring a pen and paper or electronic device for note taking during class.
  • NIDA’s Risk Assessment for school visits can be found as a downloadable PDF.

NIDA Devised Online: Group Performance

NIDA Devised Online: Group Performance is a series of videos that follow four professional actors as they brainstorm, develop and showcase devised work in accordance with the HSC Group Performance criteria.

This online resource includes:

  • five videos documenting the process of devising work (Thinking on Your Feet, Strategies and Techniques, Rehearsing as an Ensemble, Facing Challenges and Making Decisions)
  • three videos of completed performances
  • student worksheets
  • links to additional resources and materials.

NIDA Devised Online: Group Performance is delivered through NIDA's online learning environment – myNIDA (a Moodle LMS).

Learning opportunities

  • Example structures for effective collaboration, and for creating engaging, original short works.
  • Techniques professional actors use for creating characters, and for delivering performances.

Grades

7–12

Venue

Delivered online

Fees

Free for all Australian secondary school teachers and students.

Bookings

Book now

VET Entertainment: White Card Training

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This SafeWork NSW-approved training program was developed as part of the Certificate III Live Production and Services qualification NIDA delivers for VET Entertainment high school teachers. NIDA has made this available to VET Entertainment students as a standalone day, which forms part of their VET Entertainment course.

White Card training is delivered on campus at NIDA with a minimum of 6 hours required to complete the training. Additional content can be covered alongside this unit of competency to conduct risk assessments in one of NIDA’s theatres, build a set and pack/unpack a truck.

Grades

11–12

Date and time

Date by negotiation, 8.30am–4pm

Group size

Maximum 20 participants

Fees

$3,500 per group

Bookings

For more information, or to book a training day, contact NIDA Vocational Studies on 02 9697 7514.

On the day

  • Please wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing that you can move in.
  • Please wear close-toed shoes. This is a WHS requirement.
  • Please bring a pen for note taking during class.
  • NIDA’s Risk Assessment for school visits can be found as a downloadable PDF in planning your visit.

Terms and Conditions

  • NIDA requires full payment for your course one week prior to course commencement date.
  • NIDA cannot refund the course fees unless the course has been cancelled.
  • NIDA will photograph or record groups participating in NIDA workshops for marketing purposes. Please notify the course manager if your group does not wished to be photographed.

Secondary School Artist in Residence

Customised to suit the learning needs of your students, NIDA's Secondary School Artist in Residence program is a great way to bring drama into your school for a whole term. The program can focus on anything from confidence building and improvisation, to exploring personal narratives and cultural identity or even tackling complex relationship issues within your school context. The artist in residence can be integrated into the school day or occur as an after school activity.

Learning opportunities

  • Customised to meet the desired curriculum links and learning needs of your school and students.

Grades

7-12

Date and time

7 weeks of a school term, 1.5 hours per week. Other durations may be negotiated.

Venue

Your school

Fees

Customised quotes will be developed for individual schools based on the desired program.

Express interest

To learn more about this unique educational experience, email schools@nida.edu.au or call us on 1300 450 417.

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