• Fact Through Fiction

Fact Through Fiction

Key information
Cost $15/student Duration 3 hours Supervision ratios The supervision ratio is 1:15 for primary groups and 1:20 for secondary groups. Teachers and parents attend free of charge. Curriculum links Stage 4 & 5 English, suggested fiction texts
Stage 6 English (Standard); English (Advanced); English Extension 1 and Extension 2
About the program:

Historical fiction is a unique way for students to engage emotionally and intellectually with the Holocaust. Graphic novels like MAUS, works of young adult fiction like The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and films such as The Pianist, Schindler’s List and Life is Beautiful provide the opportunity for audiences to consider how history is conveyed and how it informs popular culture. This interactive session will explore the issues of historical accuracy and authorship.

We recommend the following texts:

Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
Karen Levine, Hana’s Suitcase
Jacqui French, Hitler’s Daughter
Art Spiegelman, MAUS
Morris Gleitzman, Once, Now and Then
Eli Wiesel, Night
The Pianist
Schindler’s List
Life is Beautiful

Or contact us with the name of the text you are studying to arrange an appropriate seminar. When making your booking, please inform us which texts you are studying so that we can tailor your program accordingly.

The program includes an interactive seminar with a Museum educator, first-hand testimony from a Holocaust survivor and a guided tour of the Museum.

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Plan your visit

Risk assessment

Please click here for our risk assessment.

On the day

  • We recommend arriving 15 minutes before your program begins and assembling students across the road from the museum in Green Park.
  • Please send a member of staff to the main Museum entrance to let us know you have arrived and our education team will come to greet you.
  • Students will enter via the main Museum entrance on Darlinghurst Road where security will greet you and show you where to go.
  • Note that the Museum has a substantial security presence. Your group may be asked to consent to a bag search.

Lunches

  • There is an option of pre-ordering our school café lunch which can be eaten in Green Park before or after the excursion. Please click here to see the menu.

What to bring

  • Due to limited locker space, we request that students do not bring backpacks.
  • If the students plan to eat their lunch in the park after their visit, please ask them to bring very small bags so that we can put several bags in each locker.

Access

  • Please let us know before your visit if any of your students have special needs or learning difficulties so we can plan to accommodate their needs during the visit.

Content advice

  • Note that the content covered at the Museum may be distressing to some students.
  • We recommend bringing your school councillor and/or members of your pastoral care team to the visit.
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