We offer the following educational programs for schools and teachers.
- Schools Program
- Schools Curriculum and Professional Development Support and Resources
- Strategic Partnerships Program for Schools Leadership
Birrarung Falls Walk
Led by one of our friendly Koorie guides, the Birrarung Falls Walk is designed to introduce you to Melbourne’s Aboriginal and early settlement history along Birrarung Marr (Beside the River of Mists or the Yarra River).
Beginning at the Koorie Heritage Trust, you will be taken to the Birrarung Wilam (Common Ground) Aboriginal art installations, which gives a Kulin perspective to the knowledge you will gain during this fascinating journey. As you meander along the Birrarung Marr, your Koorie guide will show and explain significant sites and landmarks including the site of the Elizabeth Street Creek and the original location of the Birrarung Falls where you will be able to look down to the first wharves constructed at the time of settlement and the long disappeared turning basins for sailing ships.
It is recommended to arrive at the Koorie Heritage Trust 30 minutes early to give you time to take in our latest temporary exhibition, view our permanent collections and wander through our shop, where we are the leading retailer of authentic South East Australian Aboriginal art, craft and design.
Duration: 1 − 1.5 hours (approx)
Birrarung Wilam (River Camp) Walk
The Birrarung Wilam Walk takes you through Federation Square and down to the Birrarung Wilam (Common Ground) Aboriginal art installations experiencing the Aboriginal history of the Birrarung Marr (Beside the river of mists) and Aboriginal Peoples of the Kulin Nation.
With one of our friendly Koorie guides, you will learn how the land on which Melbourne is located has changed over time and learn the significance of the Birrarung Wilam to the local Kulin peoples. You will gain a deeper and more meaningful understanding of this incredible location, an important gathering place for the Kulin Nation and one of Melbourne’s most popular meeting hubs.
Duration: 1 hour (approx)
For further information on our Schools program, please contact Tamika Collins by telephone on (03) 8662 6333 or email.
Professional Development Support
Schools Curriculum and Professional Development Support
Our Schools Curriculum Support program is designed to support you in embedding cross-cultural priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History, Country and Culture in your school. Working together, we can develop an Indigenous Perspective in the Australian Curriculum program to suit your particular needs.
In partnership, we are also happy to develop a PD for Teachers program on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cross curriculum priority inclusion to suit the particular needs of your school. Please contact us for further information on how we can assist you in developing such a program.
Strategic Partnerships Program for Schools Leadership
We are also able to develop your cultural competency enabling you to implement the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework 2013-2018 and Marrung, the new Aboriginal Education Plan. Participants in this program will also be introduced to teaching resources to support your school curriculum.
For further information on our Professional Development Support programs, please contact Pauline Sloane, Curriculum Development Coordinator, by telephone on (03) 8662 6311 or email.