13 Jul 2022

July Newsletter 2022



Reconciliation Place 

Reconciliation is not a destination; it is a journey that all Australians are on together.

Reconciliation Place is important connective tissue in the National Triangle, connecting the National Library of Australia to the National Portrait gallery, key cornerstones of the cultural precinct.
Some of Australia’s most astounding artists have contributed artwork to the collection at Reconciliation Place, and these artworks symbolically and physically place Reconciliation at the heart of the nation.
Now students can explore the history and meaning behind the artworks from anywhere. A free virtual tour is available at:


National Museum of Australia

History Makers: School Video Challenge

Will your school make history?
The National Museum of Australia is seeking short video entries that showcase a defining moment in Australian history. Challenge your students to stage a play, perform a dance, film an artwork, make a documentary, produce an animation or surprise us with their creativity. Winning schools will receive $2,000. Open to students K–12. Entries close 4 November 2022.

For more information visit:


Parliamentary Education Office free teacher professional learning

Registrations for the Parliamentary Education Office’s teacher professional learning workshops for terms 3 and 4 are now open!
The Parliamentary Education Office provides free, TQI accredited, professional learning for primary, secondary and pre-service teachers. Our programs align with the Australian Curriculum, and help teachers deliver informative and engaging parliamentary and civics and citizenship curriculum for their students.
For a list of our upcoming dates and to book, please visit the PEO website.


Australian National Botanic Gardens 

MEGAFAUNA – FREE Self guided Trail
1 July – 31 July
8.30 am – 5.00 pm

Step back in time and meet the enormous creatures that inspire myths and legends in Australia. Discover wombats the size of cars, flightless birds twice the size of emus and gigantic seven-metre long lizards. Imagine yourself in Pleistocene Australia living alongside these gigantic animals as you explore the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Megafauna trail maps are available online or on request. Bookings for school groups are essential.

Book on Book Canberra Excursions for July 2022, 2023 & 2024


Australian War Memorial virtual visit

Explore the Australian War Memorial through a free, curriculum-linked virtual excursion. During live, interactive sessions with educators, students can discover the Memorial’s collection of photographs, works of art, and film, and explore some of our galleries.

For information and Term 3 dates, please visit


National Film and Sound Archive 


Australians & Hollywood to Remain Open Throughout 2023 at NFSA

The extraordinary Australians & Hollywood exhibition at the National Film & Sound Archive is set to continue throughout 2023.

Originally due to close in July this year, the exhibition will remain open to give Canberrans, Australian and international audiences a chance to visit now that travel is opening up around the country and the world.
The blockbuster exhibition, which was two years in the making, will be open for educational bookings from Term 3 this year – please contact  for further information.

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National Film and Sound Archive


Home of the Blizzard: An Antarctic Adventure, a digital interactive game developed by the NFSA using historic footage of Douglas Mawson's Antarctic Expedition of 1911 to 1914, has been shortlisted for the 2022 Museums Australasia Multimedia and Publication Design Awards.

The game, developed by Sophia Booij from the ANU School of Humanities for the NFSA, is accompanied by a Teacher’s Guide including information about the making of the interactive, the history of Antarctic exploration, facts about the Antarctic environment, curriculum links and suggested classroom activities.

Play the Game


Australian National Botanic Gardens  


The Gardens is moving to automated online invoicing and payments. From 1 July 2022, invoices for Ranger-facilitated programs arranged through Book Canberra Excursions (BCE) will be sent to the billing email listed in BCE the week following your school visit. Self-Guided or Do-It-Yourself programs will continue to be free.
Please check your billing information in BCE to make sure that it is correct.

Contact or 02 6250 9408 if you have any questions or feedback on the new payment process.