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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 edu-arg, (alternate reality game) The Story Trader.

Preschool students

Play Date

Join us at NIDA during Book Week for a morning of creative play, storytelling and design activities, inspired by books from The Children’s Book Council of Australia short list.

Learning opportunities

  • Participate in a creative play workshop where children become the authors of their own stories.
  • Build landscapes for storytelling and make props to use in creative play.
  • Listen to actors share stories by some of Australia’s favourite children’s authors. 

Ages

3–5 

Date and time

Tuesday 22 August 2017, 10am–11.30am

Venue

NIDA, Anzac Parade, Kensington

Fees

$12 per student

Bookings

Book now

Please ensure you have read all the above information before making a booking.

Alternatively, call us on 02 9697 7626 or email schools@nida.edu.au.

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 in the Additional Information below.

The Children's Book Council of Australia 

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 $1,500
NIDA contribution $1,735
Total cost of The Story Trader $3,385

NB. Additional fees may apply for schools 25km outside of the Sydney CBD.

 

Express interest 

To learn more about this unique educational experience or call us on 02 9697 7626.

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.

Behind the Scenes (NSW)

Behind the Scenes provides a rare opportunity for students to see actors at work as they demystify the process of rehearsing a scene. Students learn how a scene is moved from the page to the stage and consider how the elements of drama and performance styles can be used to create meaning for an audience. After watching the rehearsal, students are invited to workshop a scene themselves.

Learning opportunities

  • Observe actors solve creative problems in rehearsal. 
  •  Experience how the elements of drama create meaning. 
  •  Participate in discussions about why and how actors make the choices they do. 
  •  Gain insight into the page to stage process.

Grades

4–6 

Date and time

Wednesday 17 May 2017, 10am–12.30pm

Venue

NIDA, Anzac Parade, Kensington

Fees

$22 per student

Bookings

Book now 

Please ensure you have read all the above information before making a booking.

Alternatively, call us on 02 9697 7626 or email schools@nida.edu.au.

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 in the Additional Information below.

Secondary schools

HSC IP Study Day

HSC IP Study Day is a fantastic way for students to explore the creative process from conception to successful completion. Participants gain a practical understanding of what is involved in the project area of their choice. The day commences with a keynote speech from an industry artist before breaking into groups for focused sessions with specialist tutors in all topic areas. 

Learning opportunities

  • Receive specialist tuition in the student’s chosen topic area.
  • Discover how industry artists overcome the challenges of a creative process.
  • Access to EXPONIDA, an annual exhibition of props, costumes, audio-visual work, renderings and model boxes created by NIDA’s graduating students.

Date and time

Tuesday October 24 2017, 9.30am–3.00pm

Venue

NIDA, Anzac Parade Kensington.

Fees

Cost per student: $40 inc GST 

Bookings

To register your interest in attending IP Study Day call NIDA Open on 9697 7626 to add your name to the waitlist.

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 in planning your visit.

On-Stage NIDA tours

Visit NIDA during On-Stage week and discover the pathways available to students considering a career in the performing arts with our free NIDA tours. Students will discover the full suite of courses available at NIDA, view samples of student work and explore the resources available to students at NIDA’s Kensington campus.

Grades

7–12

Date and time

Monday 6–Friday 10 Feb 2017
10–10.40am OR
11–11.40am OR
1–1.40pm

Venue

NIDA, Anzac Parade, Kensington

Fees

Free (places are limited)

Bookings

Book now 

Alternatively, call us on 02 9697 7626 or email schools@nida.edu.au to make a booking or enquire.

HSC Drama Performance

HSC Drama Performance is a comprehensive course for HSC Drama students. 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.

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

HSC students 

Date and time

Monday 16–Friday 20 Jan 2017, 9.30am–4.30pm OR
Monday 10–Thursday 13 April 2017, 10am–5pm

Venue

NIDA, Anzac Parade Kensington.

Fees

$600

Earlybird $540 (payment must be made one month prior).  

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 in the Additional information below.

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 split into two components: a computer-assisted module to be undertaken at NIDA, and face-to-face learning. A large portion of the day is spent in one of NIDA’s theatres to conduct risk assessments, 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 and paper or electronic device 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. 

Events NIDA is attending

Western Sydney University: Drama and Literacy in the Primary Classroom

NIDA: Drama & Literacy in the Primary Classroom

Wednesday 16 August 2017, 4–7pm

Move literacy learning from the page to the stage. Discover how to employ play building techniques to develop literacy, comprehension and communication skills in the primary classroom.

This workshop is presented as part of Western Sydney University’s Education Knowledge Network program in 2017. The Education Knowledge Network conducts professional learning designed to bring teachers together and give them the opportunity to network and learn about exciting new initiatives relevant to education. The Education Knowledge Network is a NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) endorsed provider. All Education Knowledge Network events are endorsed at professional competence level.

For

Stage 2 and 3 teachers and current Western Sydney University primary students

Location

Western Sydney University, Bankstown Campus NSW

Proficient Standards

1.5.2, 2.5.2, 3.3.2, 6.2.2

Fees

$143

Application process

Contact UWS for more information. 

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