Professional Development

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The Koori Classroom - Incorporating Aboriginal Content and Perspectives into your Teaching

2 June, 4 August or 1 December 2017, 8.30am-3pm

The new Australian Curriculum prioritises the teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives as one of three major cross-curricular themes. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures priority aims to deepen students’ understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and knowledge traditions. So how do classroom teachers achieve this when they are already time-poor and often faced with either too little resources or conflicting information? How do teachers decide relevance and develop confidence in this complex learning area?

The Koori Classroom Professional Development Workshop unpacks how school education programs at Sydney Olympic Park have been authentically infused with Aboriginal and Torres Trait islander perspectives – connections to country and place; Aboriginal history, science and knowledge traditions. Our journey in curriculum design, resource gathering and network building will provide a pathway for you to do the same in your classroom and local environment. Meet Shannon Foster, D’harawal educator and gain ‘inside information’ about culture, science, language and sustainable use of local resources by Aboriginal people. The wetlands and woodlands of Bicentennial Park provide a living case study which will we will use to engage you throughout the day.

This workshop will cover cultural and ethical considerations, with practical cultural interpretation sessions showcasing Aboriginal use of native flora and fauna. Essentially, the day is about demystifying this curriculum priority through purposeful networking and open resource sharing. You will leave the workshop with increased subject knowledge, a fresh ‘community of practice’ and renewed confidence to infuse your own programs with engaging, authentic, Aboriginal content.

  • Cost: $180 + gst (includes morning tea and lunch)
  • Bookings: For more information email or call 02 9714 7888
  • Date of Workshops: 2 June, 4 August and 1 December 2017
  • Bookings Close: 25 May (for June workshop), 21 Jul 2016 (for August workshop)  or  16 November 2016 (for December workshop)
  • Where: Education Centre at Bicentennial Park

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Completing the Koori Classroom Teacher Professional Learning Workshop will contribute 5 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing 1.4.2, 2.4.2, 6.2.2, 7.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW

Meet Shannon Foster

Managing Constructed Wetlands and Floating Vegetated Islands

16 & 17 November 2017

Urban constructed wetlands are particularly at risk and can also suffer greatly from unplanned design and inappropriate construction. Bioretention ponds and floating habitat islands are becoming increasingly common but their poor maintenance and inadequate repair works also add to further degradation. Unless properly planned and timely actions are taken, wetland assets can quickly turn into a huge liability.

This two-day workshop will focus on these issues, highlight lessons learned from successful construction and maintenance, as well as demonstrate effective, practical tools.

The workshop will include field excursions to wetlands at Sydney Olympic Park and elsewhere.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will learn:

  • Principle and design of constructed wetlands, including bioretention devices
  • Floating islands for water quality and habitat
  • Effective construction and maintenance considerations
  • Fast-tracked identification of water plants water weeds
  • Water plant monitoring and maintenance
  • Best practices in managing constructed wetlands.


Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of wetland ecology and management.


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  • Date: 16 & 17 November, Thursday 9.45am - 5.30pm & Friday 8.45am - 4pm
  • Venue: Sydney Olympic Park Education Centre, Bicentennial Park
  • Cost: Registration Two Day Rate (including GST):
    General $770.00
    Concession $660.00   (Fees include: workshop, lunch, workshop notes and field excursions)
  • Bookings close: Registrations close on 2 November 2017. Limited places are available. Refunds are conditional

For more information email or call 02 9714 7888.

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Wetland Education and Training Workshops

Sydney Olympic Park offers several Wetland Education and Training (WET) workshops each year. WET Workshops are for professionals who:

  • work in wetland management
  • work in the academic and/or policy arena.

WET Workshops aim to:

  • share scientific research findings
  • successfully apply those findings to the management of Sydney Olympic Park and other wetlands.

The Wetland Workshops training program builds skills in assessment, planning, restoration, monitoring and management of aquatic ecosystems and resources.

Tutorials and field studies are conducted by practising ecologists and wetland experts.

Bookings: 02 9714 7888

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