Twitchers in the building


Did you notice a flock of birds in the building yesterday? There was a lot of squawking and flapping of wings as students flew about the building wearing their colourful masks.

students on stairs in costume


The Bird Spotters workshop was developed to compliment the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's current school's concert, The Bush Concert. The beautiful picture book by Helga Visser has been brought to life by Mark Simeon Ferguson's score for orchestra.

Learning Services chose birds from the TAL & Dai-ichi Life Derby Collection to hide around the building and created a tale of how they flew into the building as the bronze doors to the Mitchell building opened at 9am. Security could verify the story and even pointed out the feathers left on the Tasman map! Students had a bird spotter’s notebook to complete as they found the hidden birds and they enjoyed seeing the bird whistles created by Henry Grace from our collection.

two students completing a notebook

group of students wearing bird masks

So much fun and just one example of the immersive, creative programs offered to schools. Find out more about our 2018 excursions here.