Professional Development

Wetlands professional development Photo: Paul K Robbins

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

Wetland Education and Training Workshop
Wetland legislation: when are they applicable and where?

22 & 23 June 2017

There is no such thing as wetland legislation in Australia but there have been a multitude of environmental legislation that is directly applicable to managing wetlands, hence often treated as wetland legislation.
The legislation has strong implications when it comes to constructing, rehabilitating, restoring or maintaining wetlands – whether coastal or not. Getting your head around a long list of legislation is a daunting task. From time to time, new legislation has been added or an existing one is amended, which makes things even more complex, if not worse. In this context a wetland custodian needs to be abreast of what’s happening in this space.

Who should attend and why?

This workshop is planned around your needs for simplifying the approach and updating your knowledge. If you wanted to embrace these challenges and learn more about the latest concepts, techniques and tools in handling and facing legislation that are applicable to managing wetlands, this two-day workshop is just for you.

With more than 15 years’ experience in delivering workshops in wetland construction, rehabilitation and management, this workshop has been carefully tailored around your needs. 

Learning outcomes
The program is based on experiential learning and hands-on tools and techniques in solving problems in handling and facing legislation that are applicable to managing wetlands. There will be multiple mini-workshops in various sessions will take participants through the following: 

  • Fast-track familiarisation with wetland legislation
  • Apply a simplistic approach that helps resolving confusions around very complex pieces of legislation 
  • Hands-on list of the relevant sections and clauses of legislation 
  • Common-sense management practices
  • The workshop will deliver a delicate balance between indoor talks as well as field excursions and case studies.

All of our programs are highly interactive and hands-on. This workshop will include field-based case studies in wetlands at Sydney Olympic Park and elsewhere.


No particular requirements except that participants are expected to have a basic understanding of wetland management as well as an appreciation for environmental legislation

Enjoy this two-day program, with a range of experts talking on a variety of topics. Speakers include: 

  • Prof Shawkat Alam (Macquarie University)
  • Carolyn Hall (Waratah Ecoworks)
  •  Mia Dalby-Ball (Ecological Consultants Australia)

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Date: Thursday 22 June 8.45am - 5.30pm & Friday 23 June 8.30am-3.30pm

Venue: Sydney Olympic Park Education Centre, Bicentennial Park

Registration for two day workshop:
General $700 + GST
Concession $600 + GST
Fees include workshop, lunch, field studies, workshop notes and field excursions.

Bookings close: Tuesday 12th of June, 2017. Limited places are available. 

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For more information email or call 02 9714 7888.

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.

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