FAQ

Program COVID-19 FAQ

How does COVID-19 impact the Gold Industry Group’s National Gold Education Program?

Our highest priority at the Gold Industry Group is to ensure the safety and well-being of our members’ and the wider community. Following advice from the Australian Government regarding COVID-19, we have postponed all gold sessions until Term 3 and 4 of this year. Teachers can request a session from 20 July 2020, and we will be contact within due course to confirm your booking.

Gold Resources Kit deliveries have also been postponed until the situation improves and schools resume as normal.

In the meantime, take advantage of the free gold educational resources available on our website and engage your students using the interactive games and activities on our free Heart of Gold Australia app.

Read our COVID-19 statement online. Find out more about what you can do to stay safe and stop the spread here.

What free gold educational resources are available?

Our free Heart of Gold Australia app, available to download from the App Store and Google Play, provides a range of interactive activities that students can use from any location, including the Discover Gold game. The app also features the Perth and Kalgoorlie Heart of Gold Discovery Trails, and although the trails may not be possible to walk at this time, the virtual tours are accessible from any location. Important note: Ensure the bundle within the app is downloaded as it contains all the interactive content to allow users to use the app without internet.

HASS and Science Lessons plans linked to the Australian Curriculum have been developed by Earth Science WA and Educated by Nature to compliment the trails on the app, for Upper Primary (Year 4 and 5) and Lower Secondary (Year 7-9) school students and are available to download from the Gold Industry Group website.

Program General FAQ

Are the classroom sessions free?

Yes, these presentations are free, thanks to the Gold Industry Group and its supporting member companies participating in the program as gold class facilitators. Following the sessions, schools will also receive a complimentary Gold Resources Kit.

What should I do if I want to book more than one session?

Please fill in separate booking forms for each class. If these bookings are all submitted for the same date, you may either receive one Facilitator to your school or several. Each Facilitator’s contact information will be provided prior to the session in a booking confirmation email.

What is required of my school?

Please ensure the Administration staff are aware a guest presenter will arrive on the requested date, and they have access to a laptop, computer or Smartboard and projector screen as they will have their demonstration ready on a USB drive. If your students have devices, please ensure the free Heart of Gold Australia app is pre-downloaded to each device, along with the bundle in the app, as the Facilitator will refer to this during their demonstration.

All facilitators are gold industry professionals who have volunteered their time to deliver this program, so please make them feel welcome and support them with behaviour management of students.

We will follow up post-session for your feedback regarding the experience and ask that you please take the time to complete a short survey so that we may continue to improve the program. Please also share any photos taken on the day with us on social media and tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and use #heartofgold and #experiencegold. If your school publishes a piece on the experience, please also send this to us at info@goldindustrygroup.com.au.

Do I need to download the Heart of Gold Australia app prior to the session?

Ideally, the students would have access to the free app so they can be introduced to its content by the facilitator during their demonstration. If this is not possible, please advise the facilitator beforehand, and they will adjust the demonstration accordingly.

The bundle within the app must be downloaded to every device in order to participate in the app activities.

Do Facilitators have a Working with Children (WWC) Check?

Although a WWC is not a requirement, all of our trained facilitators have one.

What if I need to cancel my booking?

Please contact us to cancel your booking.