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Face to Face

Excursion Summary

1.5 hours

On demand

Come face to face with the people and places telling the stories of Australia's history. This interactive, highly engaging workshop will take place in the Paintings from the Collection exhibition and students will:

  • view original collection material
  • develop skills of source analysis
  • develop critical thinking and visual literacy skills

This program can be tailored to all stages of learning.

Curriculum outcomes

Early Stage 1 - NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum – English

  • ENe-6B recognises that there are different kinds of spoken texts with specific language features and shows an emerging awareness of some purposes for spoken language

Stage 1 - NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum – English

  • EN1-1A communicates with a range of people in informal and guided activities demonstrating interaction skills and considers how own communication is adjusted in different situations
  • EN1-11D responds to and composes a range of texts about familiar aspects of the world and their own experiences

Stage 2 - NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum – English

  • EN2-1A communicates in a range of informal and formal contexts by adopting a range of roles in group, classroom, school and community contexts

Stage 3 - NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum – English

  • EN3-5B discusses how language is used to achieve a widening range of purposes for a widening range of audiences and contexts

Stage 4 - NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum – English

  • EN4-4B makes effective language choices to creatively shape meaning with accuracy, clarity and coherence


Early Stage 1 - History

  • HTe-1 communicates stories of their own family heritage and the heritage of others

Stage 1 - History

  • HT1-2 identifies and describes significant people, events, places and sites in the local community over time

Stage 2 - History

  • HT2-2 describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time

Stage 3 - History

  • HT3-1 describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia

Stage 4 - History

  • HT4-3 describes and assesses the motives and actions of past individuals and groups in the context of past societies

Stage 5 - History

  • HT5-3 explains and analyses the motives and actions of past individuals and groups in the historical contexts that shaped the modern world and Australia


Early Stage 1 Creative Arts (Visual Arts)


  • VAES1.4 Communicates their ideas about pictures and other kinds of artworks

Stage 1 Creative Arts (Visual Arts)


  • VAS1.1 Makes artworks in a particular way about experiences of real and imaginary things

Stage 2 Creative Arts (Visual Arts)


  • VAS2.3 Acknowledges that artists make artworks for different reasons and that various interpretations are possible

Stage 3 Creative Arts (Visual Arts)


  • VAS3.4 Communicates about the ways in which subjet matter is represented in artworks

Booking Details

Available during term time.

Cost is $200 for groups up to 15 and $325 for 16-30 students.

Bookings are essential, please book early to avoid disappointment. 
Email, phone (02) 9273 1778 or fill out our Bookings Enquiry form.

Helpful hints to enjoy your excursion

These guidelines have been developed to assist students and teachers visiting the State Library of NSW to comply with the Department of Education risk assessment guidelines for excursions.

Bus Subsidy

The State Library of NSW offers to provide K-12 school students from DET schools in Western and South Western Sydney, access to FREE bus travel to visit the State Library of NSW to participate in our onsite learning programs.