A NSW Department of Education and Training initiative to enhance the communication skills of school students through drama, has provided Charles Sturt University's (CSU), School of Communication with a innovative teaching consultancy.
Though on-line technology and with over 20 years experience in community theatre and communication education, CSU will deliver a two subject course in Devising Celebration to 100 primary and secondary teachers from across NSW.
The course will begin on 19 July and be taught via distance education packages and through an interactive web site. The teachers will also spend a week at the end of September on CSU's Bathurst campus, where they will undertake workshops with renowned British theatre company, Welfare State International, regarded as international specialists in the theatre of celebration.
Coordinator of the theatre media project, Professor John Carroll said this course gives CSU staff the opportunity to provide celebratory drama education in schools, through a proven innovative approach.
"We regard drama students as cultural change agents, negotiators and mediators in our rapidly changing culture. We have developed this idea through our courses at the University level and look forward to the opportunity to pass on this knowledge and expertise in specifically designed theatrical creation and emerging media technologies, to school age students.
"The creativeness of this course allows us to be able to combine the local cultural setting, through the Bathurst 1000 Festival and the global perspective, through the Internet, to provide a cutting edge approach in drama education," he said.
This consultancy will lead into two major events in Australia next year, the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the Centenary of Federation in 2001, enabling drama teachers to go back to their school and communities armed with skills to present their own celebratory activities around these and future events.