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School program

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 can sell out quickly.

We appreciate that when booking in advance you might not know the exact number of students, but a close as possible estimate will give us an indication of how many to reserve, and we’ll confirm exact numbers closer to the date. We can also hold the tax invoice until numbers are confirmed.

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Education Resources

Detailed Study Guides linked to the Australian Curriculum, The Early Years Learning Framework and SACE are provided free to schools that book performances. These explore The Arts, linked learning areas, the General Capabilities and the Cross Curriculum Perspectives where applicable. The guides include information related to the creative team, pre and post-performance activity ideas, curriculum tasks and other learning areas.

“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

Free Seats – Equity Program

Windmill’s Free Seats Equity Program offers 15% of tickets across the 2018 season free to disadvantaged schools in South Australia. Schools ranked 1 to 4 are selected in accordance with the DECD Categories of Disadvantaged. SES schools are offered the equivalent of one to two classes, depending on the capacity of the venue.

Contact us to register your interest

Teacher-Student Ratio

Teachers are admitted free according to the following duty of care ratios:
Kindergartens and CPC: 1:4
Foundation to Year 2: 1:6
Year 3 to Year 7: 1:10
Year 8 to Year 12: 1:15

For teachers working with students with disabilities please contact Windmill to confirm the appropriate ratio.

Access and Inclusion Program

Windmill is committed to ensuring it provides opportunities for people with disability to access and engage in the company’s range of performances and activities.

For details on performances with Audio Descriptions, Touch Tours or Auslan Interpretation, click here.

“It is a tribute to Windmill that they are equally proficient in engaging younger audiences, including pre-school children, as well as teenagers.” David Hill, Glenunga International High School

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2018 Program

Windmill Theatre Co’s 2018 Education Program offers a wide range of theatre, film and educational experiences for schools, kindergartens and childcare centres in Adelaide and across regional South Australia.

Grug and the Rainbow Adelaide, 10-13 April, Early Learning to Year 1
Amphibian Adelaide, 5-14 September, Years 5 to 9
Big Bad Wolf Regional SA, 7-21 November, Foundation to Year 4
Girl Asleep – Film In Class + Online, Years 9 to 12

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Grug and the Rainbow

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ADELAIDE
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre

TERM 1, WEEK 11
Tuesday 10 April, 10am + 12.30pm
Wednesday 11 April, 10 am + 12.30pm
Thursday 12 April, 10 am + 12.30pm
Friday 13 April, 10 am + 12.30pm

AGES 2 TO 6
Early Learning Centres, Kindergarten, Preschool, Playgroup and Foundation to Year 1

TICKETS
$12 per student, $10 DSP

CURRICULUM LINKS
Early Years Learning Framework, Australian Curriculum: English, Health and Physical Education and The Arts: Drama

 

Amphibian

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ADELAIDE
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre

TERM 3, WEEKS 7 AND 8
Wednesday 5 September, 10am + 1pm
Thursday 6 September, 10am + 1pm
Friday 7 September, 1pm
Monday 10 September, 10am + 1pm
Tuesday 11 September, 10am + 1pm
Wednesday 12 September, 10am + 1pm
Thursday 13 September, 10am + 1pm
Friday 14 September, 1pm

AGES 10 TO 14
Years 5 to 9

TICKETS
$12 per student, $10 DSP

CURRICULUM LINKS
Australian Curriculum: English, Health and Physical Education and The Arts: Drama

 

Big Bad Wolf

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REGIONAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Country Arts SA

Mount Gambier – Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre
Wednesday 7 November, 12pm + 2pm

Renmark – Chaffey Theatre
Friday 9 November, 11am + 1.30pm

Noarlunga – Hopgood Theatre
Tuesday 13 November, 10am + 1pm

Port Pirie – Northern Festival Centre
Thursday 15 November, 11am + 1.30pm

Whyalla – Middleback Arts Centre
Monday 19 November, 10am + 12pm

Port Lincoln – Nautilus Arts Centre
Wednesday 21 November, 10am + 12.30pm

AGES 5 TO 10
Foundation to Year 4

TICKETS
$12 per student, $10 DSP

CURRICULUM LINKS
Australian Curriculum: English, Health and Physical Education and The Arts: Drama

 

Girl Asleep

AGES 14+
Years 9 to 12

DIGITAL EDUCATION PACKAGE
Girl Asleep Film
Study Guide
An Interactive Journey (available early 2018)

COST
Film available on Bluray, DVD and iTunes
Resources free online

CURRICULUM LINKS
Australian Curriculum: English, Health and Physical Education and The Arts: Drama

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Middle School Professional Learning Community

The Middle School Professional Learning Community is a joint initiative of Drama South Australia and Windmill Theatre Co. A group of teachers, from Years 5 to 9, will have access to workshops with creatives and actors across six professional learning sessions. These workshops will support educators to extend and develop new skills, networks and gain an in-depth understanding of the creation of new Australian dramatic works for young people.

Registrations close Thursday 1 March. Limited places available.

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A joint venture with Drama South Australia


Following the successful delivery of the Primary Drama Professional Learning Community by Drama South Australia (DSA) in 2016, in 2018 DSA has partnered with Windmill Theatre Co to deliver a new program for teachers of years 5 to 9.

The Middle School Professional Learning Community (MSPLC) program provides places for a limited number of teachers to participate in a broad reaching development program. The MSPLC will be broken into monthly development sessions taking place each month from April to September 2018. The program aims to explore a range of perspectives on the creation of new theatrical works from writers, directors and actors.

Outcomes and Benefits

Outcomes include:

  • Development of a professional learning community for Middle School Teachers that includes peer support and mentoring guidance
  • Access to high level theatre industry professionals through a series of in depth seminars
  • Insight into pathways within the performing arts industry
  • Enhanced capacity for arts and cultural leadership
  • Collaboration and exchange between peers
  • New perspectives into aspects of the contemporary theatrical creative process

Benefits aligned to the Teachers Standards:

  • Engage with colleagues and improve practice
  • Networking with theatre professionals and professional theatre companies
  • Engage in professional learning and improve practice
  • Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

What it involves

To participate in the program, selected teachers will commit to:

  • Participate in six workshops across the program (April – September 2018). The workshops will be held at Windmill Theatre Co Studios (Sturt St Adelaide).
  • Develop and trial units of work from ideas gained from the workshops and share the outcomes with participants.
  • Share the professional learning with colleagues at their site.

In addition, participating teachers will have the opportunity to engage with the development of Windmill Theatre Co’s new production Amphibian including complimentary tickets for the premiere performance season.

HOW TO APPLY

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Applicants should download the Expression of Interest form, fill in and return to Ross McHenry, Associate Producer on ross.mchenry@windmill.org.au.

To be eligible to apply you need to be a current DSA member. If you are not a current member click here to sign up online or contact dramasouthaustralia@gmail.com to apply for membership.

The program will cost $200.

For more information or to discuss your application, contact Ross McHenry, Associate Producer on ross.mchenry@windmill.org.au.

Registrations close Thursday 1 March 2018

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Public program

For children and families we provide free arts based workshops for select productions. Windmill Theatre works with  teachers to ensure an authentic experience for both children and the their accompanying parents, grandparents, siblings and friends. The workshops are designed to enable all to actively participate together in creative and imaginative art making in response to the performance they have just experienced. The workshops relate directly to the themes and ideas of the production, exploring dance, music, visual art and dramatic play and are structured to provide a fun shared experience for all ages across generations and are inclusive of gender and participants with disabilities. The ideas and the materials used in the workshops provide a guide for replicating the creative experience at home.

Immediately prior to the performance families have the opportunity to register their interest in the workshop activities, which follow the performance. There is a cap on the number of participants we can accommodate in the theatre foyer space to ensure a quality experience. Depending on the age range of the production it is generally 10 participants (that includes children and their adults) to one workshop leader.

Work placements

Work experience is fully booked for 2017.  Please get in touch between January and March to express interest for work experience in 2018.

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Education Partners

Windmill’s Arts Education Program is proudly supported by the South Australian Department for Education and Child Development and The Lang Foundation.

  • South Australia Department Education Childrens Services
  • Lang Foundation

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