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We are Green Hat Workshop

We Inspire Creative Minds

Green Hat Workshop are dedicated to providing workshops and products that foster lifelong learning and creatively inspire all ages. Emphasising self-directed, play-based activity and the use of simple resources, Green Hat Workshop have been promoting creativity in local communities, schools, universities and corporate settings since 2008.

How we work

Our education philosophies

Inspired by Melbourne’s progressive schooling movement of the 1960s and influenced by the field of Playwork, Green Hat Workshop emphasise a play-based, participant led, activity model, where possible. We create and provide resources and environments that first and foremost authentically engage participants and engender fun and play.

We acknowledge that we are in partnership with our participants during our workshops, enabling and encouraging their natural instinct to play with pattern, aesthetics, order and symmetry, representations of narrative and the world around them, shelter & cubby building and role play as well as comparison and intrinsic challenge.

Green Hat Workshop’s approach is to work within existing school cultures and public spaces to empower natural curiosity and creativity in all ages, with as few instructions and rules as possible, thereby engaging all participants at their own level of cognitive and physical ability, be they adult or child, neurotypical or diverse.

We do not write programs that emphasise content or specify a valued outcome but rather value authentic participant-lead programs that provide environments optimum for shared creativity.

Green Hat Workshop provide simple, abundant, impermanent resources where possible, as we believe this encourages individuals to experiment, share and explore.

We believe:

  • Engagement comes first
  • We think our way into maturity and successful skill adoption
  • Children come to us with knowledge
  • Self-directed play is the best way to learn
  • Humans learn when they are ready and cannot be compelled to do so
  • The goal of every teacher is to become obsolete*

Our Staff

Cam Lee

Education and Operations Manager

With 20+ years experience teaching in Primary Schools and educative enterprises across Australia and in the United Kingdom, Cam has been a science communicator, run exploratory mathematics centres, woodwork areas and worked as a classroom teacher and science specialist from Kindergarten to grade 6. Cam’s work at Green Hat Workshop is as administrator, trainer, pedagogista and facilitator, speaking to parents and teachers at kindergartens and primary schools about play and blocks, and also developing and researching new programs.

  

If you would like to join Cam in discussion, he can be accessed through the following:

 

Facilitators:

Tyler Sudholz

Tyler Sudholz

PLANKS Facilitator

Tyler

Tyler brings his background in STEM to his role as a facilitator at Green Hat Workshop.

While he was studying science at uni, Tyler developed an interest in science communication and education which he has been able to combine with his creative instincts and skills in working with young people to deliver our PLANKS workshops.

Andrew Raffael

Andrew Raffael

PLANKS & Play Facilitator

Kathryn Anderson

Kathryn Anderson

PLANKS Facilitator

Tal Sardone

Tal Sardone

PLANKS Facilitator

About the role of Facilitator

Artist, science communicator, assistant, demonstrator, teacher, playworker and psychologist all rolled into one, Facilitation at Green Hat Workshop can be equal parts understanding curriculum, Playwork theory and cognitive development. Safety and the independence of the workshop participant is the priority, in some situations however Facilitators scaffold potential uses for resources, create environments where creative challenges are accessible for all ages, support participants’ own ideas, manage hazards and help out when needed, preferably without directing or controlling. We provide opportunities for creative expression linked to practical learning and within the constraints of timetable and environments of our clients and their institutions.

What Schools say...

The Cheshire staff were so impressed with you and your approach to our students and we would like for you to come to our school next term and potentially each term after.

Ainslie Lamb-McCallum
- Education Support Cheshire Specialist School
Yet again, your PLANKS workshop has been one of the most successful family nights our school has run.
We had parents, students and staff all engaged in hands on learning across many curriculum areas.
The rich language associated with STEAM was being used throughout.
Anne Ablinger
Number Intervention Teacher
F-3 Maths Leader
Holy Eucharist Primary School
Thanks again for our incursion last week the kids loved it and have all said it’s the best incursion they have ever had!!

Danielle Harvey
Level 4 Teacher
Antonio Park Primary School
As a middle school group (15 year olds) we have participated in Green Hat Workshop PLANKS building over the past 4 years.  Cameron catered for our more capable students and made modifications to enable our high needs students to participate. It is an activity that our group of students look forward to each year.

Patricia Glenane
Ballarat Specialist School
We all had a fantastic time, students were so engaged and excited by the possibilities the PLANKS provided them. It was great to see every student participating in their own way and learning from each other.
The whole process has been very straightforward and professional. Congratulations on your provision of such a great incursion.
Deb Nugent
Wooranna Primary School,
It was our largest Family Maths Night for years and the parents took construction to another level with their children.
Thank you for being so accommodating to our needs and so easy to work with.
Lalor East Primary School thanks you for coming and bringing hands on Maths and Science to us in such a fun, open way.
Heather Campbell
Lalor East Primary School
Numeracy Coordinator
I have no hesitation in recommending Green Hat Workshop and PLANKS if what you are looking for is a creative, intellectual challenge that can readily incorporate team work.
Gayle Townsend
Heatherhill Primary School
One of the best incursions we've had in years.
Lynette Robberts
Principal - Tallarook Primary School

Workshops

At Green Hat Workshop we service many businesses from a variety of industries, we are proud to list the following as past clients:

Aberfeldie Primary School

Albert Street Primary School

Aldercourt Primary School

Antonio Park Primary School

Aspendale Primary School

Ballarat Specialist School

Beaumaris North Primary School

Beaumaris Primary School

Belgrave Heights Christian School

Beth Rivkah Ladies College

Brighton Grammar

Brookside P-9 College

Brunswick South West Primary School

Carisbrook Primary School

Chelsea Heights Primary

Clifton Hill Primary School

Coatesville Primary School

Coburg North Primary School

Cranbourne Park Primary School

Dandenong South Primary School

Each Child Kindergarten

Eaglehawk North Primary School

East Bentleigh Primary School

Emerson School

Emmaus Primary School

Erasmus School

Euroa Primary School

Edithvale Primary School

Fairfield Primary School

Fintona Girls’ School

Fitzroy Community School

Footscray North Primary School

Footscray Primary School

Footscray West Primary School

Forest Hill College

Galilee Primary School

Gisborne Secondary College

Goodstart Early Learning Centre

Heather Hills Primary School

Highton Primary School

Holy Eucharist Primary School

Holy Trinity Catholic PS – Eltham

Hume Anglican Grammar

Huntingtower School

Kilvington Grammar School

Koonung Secondar College

Lalor East Primary School

Lancefield Primary School

Langwarrin Primary School

Loch Primary School

Malvern Valley Primary School

McKinnon Secondary College

Merri Creek Primary

Mill Park Primary School

Minaret College

Moonee Ponds West Primary School

Mornington Park Primary School

Mother Theresa Catholic School

Mount Eliza Primary School

Mt Martha Primary School

Nhill College

Northcote Primary School

Nunawading Christian College

Old Orchard Primary

Overport Primary School

Panton Hill Primary School

Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School

Pentland Primary School

Preshil School

Princes’ Hill Kindergarten

Princes’ Hill Primary

Regency Park Primary School, Wantirna

Resurrection Primary School

Ringwood Heights Primary School

Ripponlea Primary School

Rosewood Downs Primary School

Sacre Coeur

Sacred Heart Primary School– Newport

Sacred Heart Primary School – Sandringham

Sandringham Primary School

Springvale Park Specialist School

St Agnes Primary School

St Albans Meadows Primary School

 

And many more…

Camp Quality

Croydon Hills OSH

Girl Guides Victoria

Healesville Country Club

Maroondah City Council – Vacation Care

Merri Creek Primary OSH Club

Campaspe Libraries

City of Boroondara – Library Services

City of Greater Bendigo

City of Greater Dandenong

Port Fairy Agricultural Show Society

The Friendship Circle

Wodonga Children’s Festival

YMCA Eltham

Mirvac Builders

Lend Lease Builders

Eastern Regional Libraries

Hume City Council (Libraries)

Eltham Library

Heide Museum

 Australian Catholic Uni

Deakin University eSolutions

Mathematics Association of Victoria (MAV)

Museum Victoria

Appleby Real Estate Agents (Knox)

Shire of Campaspe – Library

Yarra Libraries

Yarra Ranges City Council

ACT Govt. Urban Renewal Authority

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