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Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (odd weeks in term 2)
10am to 12.30pm
Up to 30 learners
Meeting point
State Library forecourt
Free, bookings essential
Supervision ratios
1:6 Years 3 to 7

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About the presenter
Experienced primary years teacher
For any questions regarding the event, please reach out to the Community Learning Team:
Phone: (08) 8207 7239

Passion and Participation is a program that engages the learners in an exploration of the concept of finding a voice through democracy. Through self-discovery activities within the space students will become aware of key individuals, events and artefacts that helped shape the concept of democracy that is evident today.


  • How have individuals and groups in the past and present contributed to the development of Australia?
  • How have people enacted their values and perceptions about their community, other people and places, past and present?
  • How have key figures, events and values shaped Australian society, its system of government and citizenship?
  • How have experiences of democracy and citizenship differed between groups over time and place?


Teaching for Effective Learning principles strongly underpin this learning experience, which is aligned with the Australian Curriculum, with a particular emphasis on the learning area of:

  • Humanities and Social Science: Civics and Citizenship, and the general capabilities of literacy, critical and creative thinking and visual arts.

Tools and materials are provided free of charge by the State Library of South Australia and the Centre of Democracy.

New FOR Term 2

A new version of Passion and Participation programs will begin in Term 2, reducing its time to 2.5 hours. This new version of Passion and Participation program engages the learners in an exploration of the concept of finding a voice through democracy. The culminating activity will require the learners to work together to create their own political party and use resources made available to promote and present their party's platform.

Helpful resources

About the Centre of Democracy

The Centre of Democracy is a place in Adelaide to explore the people and ideas that have shaped democracy in South Australia. Discover the past and discuss the role young people have in determining the future. They will begin to identify their voice in a democracy and develop a sense of identity.

Have you considered free metro travel for primary school groups?

Adelaide Metro provides FREE travel for primary school groups.

What do the programs cost?
  • All State Library education programs are provided free of charge.
  • All equipment and materials costs are covered by the State Library.
What pre-visit information will we receive?
  • An email will be sent to the booking contact person to be distributed to all the attending teachers and adults. This will include all pre-visit information relevant to the booked program.
  • Some early years or primary programs will also receive a posted invitation addressed to the children.
What happens on arrival?
  • Arrive prior to the start of the program, so that students can eat and access toilet facilities located on the ground floor behind the lift.
  • If the weather is inclement a shelter area is located on the eastern side of the building between the State Library and the Museum’s armoury building.
  • A staff member will meet your group near the main entrance.
What should we bring to an education program?
  • Medication may be carried by the adult supervisor in a backpack.
  • Please arrange name tags for early years and primary students.
  • Devices are provided by the State Library, but we encourage senior secondary students to BYO devices.
  • Students who wish to join the State Library and receive a library card need to do so before visiting the library and request the card to be mailed to them.
  • Students wishing to access photocopying services will need to bring money.
  • Storage is available to accommodate school bags or food/drink crates.
Do you have teacher tips for visiting the State Library for research?
  • Discuss research topics with your students and the types of resources that might be useful.
  • Students may wish to access a Library Guide relevant to research topics.
  • Involve the school librarian in your students' research projects.
  • Allocate sufficient time at the State Library for your research.
  • Some collection items are in storage but you can request an item to be retrieved from storage via the catalogue before your visit. Find out more about the retrieval service.
  • If you are intending to stay to use the resources after your program, you will need to book electronic database computers for your students to use.


Term 2 - 27 April to 5 July

Term 3 - 22 July to 27 September