FRIDAY 10 May, 9.30AM-3.00PM

Heide’s professional development program is pleased to offer you an experiential workshop with Robyne Latham. Robyne is a proud Yamatji woman from Western Australia who has lived and worked in Melbourne for thirty-five years. Her professional career traverses two very different paths; her art practice and her work in the university sector, which includes lecturing in both fine art and allied health.

Robyne’s Indigenous heritage underpins all her work, and she employs a strengths based approach, through a lens which is non-blaming and non-shaming.

This PD will begin with an exploration of the Aboriginal construct of Dadirri, (deep listening or listening with all your senses). Participants will explore the Aboriginal History timeline, which will lead into a tour of John Gollings: Spirit of Place, an exhibition of Gollings' breathtaking photographs of Aboriginal ancestral sites. The day will conclude with an experiential activity titled The Description is on the Described.

This PD will address the following standards as listed in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher registration in Victoria.

  • 2.4 Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Provide opportunities for learners to develop understanding of, and respect for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages.
  • 1.4 Strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners Design and implement effective teaching strategies that are responsive to the local community and cultural setting, linguistic background and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners.
John Gollings, Sunset, Nawarla Gabarnmang, Arnhem Land 2015 / 2019, inkjet print, 88.5 x 132.5 cm, Reproduced with the permission of the late Margaret Katherine, Senior Elder of the Buyhmi clan and traditional owner of Nawarla Gabarnmang, © John Gollings