Windmill strongly believes that capturing the imaginations of young people early in their development helps to establish a life-long love of the arts.
Book a Performance
To secure your preferred day and time we recommend you book early as the shows do sell out quickly.
We appreciate that when booking in advance you may not know the exact number of students, but a close as possible estimate will give us an indication of how many to reserve for the selected performance. We will pencil in your booking for the initial numbers and closer to the date will ask that you confirm the exact numbers. Also if you require, we can hold the tax invoice until numbers are confirmed, of course that will be within a fair period prior to the date of the performance. To secure your preferred day and time we recommend you book early.
Teachers are admitted free according to the duty of care ratio:
Kindergartens & Child Parent Centre (1:4); Yr 1-Yr 2 (1:6); Yr 3 – Yr 7 (1:10); Yr 8 – Yr 12 (1:15). For teachers working with students with disabilities please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm the appropriate ratio.
You will see on the booking form that there is a section for including additional student information such as number of students in wheelchairs, hearing impaired and sight impaired. This allows us time to make the appropriate preparations in regards to seating in the venue.
“Every year Windmill provides exceptional shows for students – they are creative, daring productions that always use theatrical devices in a range of ways.” Michael Butler, Teacher, St Peter’s Girls School
Plan Your Excursion
- Seek permission for School Leadership
- Book the tickets
- Organise the bus
- Send out permission notes to parents with return date
- Complete Risk Assessment criteria. (check medical forms and organise first aid kit)
- Look through the teaching resource for ideas on pre-performance activities and links to the curriculum. (the teaching resource is sent out on receipt of booking form)
If you are coming in for the day why not include an additional cultural experience:
- Art Gallery of South Australia
- Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
- Migration Museum
- SA Museum
- Botanic Gardens of Adelaide
- Parliament House
- Adelaide Festival Centre
- Law Courts
- Adelaide Zoo
With the exception of the Law Courts you can do a self directed tour of the above cultural organisations, if you want to have a tailored education experience you need to contact the organisation to book with the Education Manager.
The Adelaide Central Market offers tours to school groups, or simply go to the market and select produce for a picnic lunch.
Windmill productions are performed in government-funded buildings and all have appropriate Rise Assessment procedures and are covered by State Government Public Liability
All staff employed as Front of House have police clearance.
Detailed Education Resources linked to the Australian Curriculum, The Early Years Learning Framework and SACE are provided to schools that book performances. The kits include information relating to the creative team, pre-performance and post-performance ideas, curriculum tasks and other learning areas. Teachers will receive an electronic link to resources upon booking a performance. Hard copy is also available if requested.
Free Seats is Windmill’s Equity Program that offers up to 15% of tickets free to disadvantaged schools across South Australia. Schools ranked 1-4 are selected in accordance with the DECS Index of Disadvantaged. SES schools are offered the equivalent of 1-2 classes, depending on the capacity of the venue. In addition to SES rankings we also take into consideration geographical disadvantage and schools looking to establish a performing arts focus. Register your interest below if you would like to be considered for Free Seats tickets or if you would like further information.
In 2017 we will be touring our Grug and the Rainbow across regional South Australia.
This production is especially designed as a playful and gentle introduction to theatre for our very young audiences and demonstrates literature as a springboard for dramatic play. Using simple storytelling, elegant transformational design and puppetry we bring Grug to three dimensional life, a page to stage experience.
Teacher resources aligned to the Early Years Framework are made available on booking a performance. They include pre and post show ideas and provide information on the storylines within the performance.
Prior to the performances, Windmill’s Arts Education Manager is available to run professional learning workshops for early years teachers (and parents). Contact email@example.com for further information.
To develop expert learners and create condition for rigorous learning we develop curriculum linked pre and post-performance materials for teachers for each production based on the Australian Curriculum, SACE and Early Years Learning Frameworks, exploring Drama Education, the General Capabilities and the Cross Curriculum Perspectives where applicable. The educational resources such as teacher notes, backstage workshops and teacher briefings highlight specific curriculum links and professional learning opportunities relevant to the needs of teachers. When unpacking arts education the pedagogy exposes a duel function, learning in and learning through. Teaching in drama provides tools to facilitate learning, to foster the capacity for creative and flexible thinking, as well as to provide a way of coming to understand and make connections across different kinds of knowledge.
The skills, knowledge and experience of the teacher are a key feature in the delivery of a quality arts education program. Windmill provides a unique opportunity to teachers to engage in quality hands-on encounter with the directors, performers and creators of our productions and extending their learning community. The Behind the Scenes workshops give an authentic experience in transforming a written text into an engaging creative theatre performance.
“It is a tribute to the company that they are equally proficient in engaging younger audiences, including pre-school children, as well as teenagers. We value the artistic and educational benefits for students from engaging with a company of Windmill’s calibre.” David Hill, Glenunga International High School