Virtual Workshop: First Contacts
Monday, Wednesday & Fridays during term time | 9.30am, 11.30am & 1.30pm
$120 per class (up to 32 students)
Western Australia has had a variety of first contacts between visitors to the shores and local Aboriginal peoples. Hear stories of first contact, from British colonization to Dutch shipwrecks and Makassan trepangers, based on objects found in the museum’s collections.
Students hear three stories of first contact from around Western Australia, considering the history and impacts of each of these encounters. In this interactive virtual session, students engage directly with a museum educator, participate in discussions and interactive activities, view video content, answer questions and complete a worksheet related to the first contact stories.
As a virtual class workshop, you will be emailed a link for your class to join one of our experienced museum educators and participate in a private, interactive, online session. See our FAQ below for more information about Virtual Class Workshops.
Engage directly with a museum educator with a private class link
Hear first contact stories about local Aboriginal peoples and British, Dutch and Makassans that relate to objects in the museum.
Critically think about these first contacts and the nature of engagement, including the impacts of these cultural collisions
Participate in discussion, share ideas, view video content and take part in interactive activities
Record their findings on a sheet to utilise in class after the program
This program links to the following strands of the Western Australian Curriculum:
- The diversity and longevity of Australia's first peoples and the ways they are connected to country/place (e.g. land, sea, waterways, skies) and their pre-contact ways of life (ACHASSK083)
- The nature of contact between Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples and others (e.g. the Macassans, Europeans) and the impact that these interactions and colonisation had on the environment and people's lives (ACHASSK086)
The Australian Colonies
- The patterns of colonial development and settlement (e.g. geographical features, climate, water resources, transport, discovery of gold) and how this impacted upon the environment (e.g. introduced species) and the daily lives of the different inhabitants (e.g. convicts, free settlers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples) (ACHASSK107)
A diverse and connected world
- Australia's connections with countries (e.g. trade, migration, tourism, aid, education, defence, sport) and how these connections change people and places (ACHASSK141).
FAQ: Virtual Class Workshops
What will I need to participate?
- Screen and speakers – so you can see and hear us.
- Camera and microphone – so we can see and hear you.
- Teacher – you will be needed to assist with classroom management and maintain the connection within in the classroom.
What platform will the session be on?
The session will be run via Microsoft Teams. Participants will be able to join the session via this platform online, even if they do not have a Microsoft Teams account. You can use the Google Chrome browser to join your session as a guest online.
How and when will I receive my link to join?
Your link to join the session will be sent to the email address used at time of booking prior to the session. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1300 134 081 if you have not received your link the day before your booked session.
Does a teacher need to be present?
Yes, a teacher is required to be present at all times to assist with classroom management and technical support if required.
Will my students require anything?
We will send out a worksheet for students to complete during the session. This will be sent as a pdf with the session link prior to your session. Please print a copy of the worksheet for each student to complete during the session.
How many classes can I have on one call?
We are currently only offering our sessions on an individual class basis for up to 32 students at a time. This is to allow maximum interactivity and engagement with the facilitator. You may book for multiple classes in other available time slots on the same day.
What if I have students learning from home?
We understand there may be instances that you and your class are unable to be together. We are happy to accommodate multiple logins from different locations to the call if requested. Please let us know if you require this prior to your session, by emailing email@example.com or phone 1300 134 081.
Who can I contact if I have further questions?
You can contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1300 134 081 if you have any additional questions.