• Aneta Wnek

Aneta joins the Creative Schools Program!

I'm so excited to be joining the 'Creative Schools Program' as an art practitioner this year despite Covid19 causing a delayed start.

The program is an amazing partnership between FORM, the Education Department and Culture & Creativity in Education, a global organisation dedicated to transform the learning experience of children to prepare them for the opportunities and careers of the twenty-first century. 

Stay tuned for some updates as I spend term 3 and 4 of 2020 working with my group of 24 Year 2 students who I get to meet this week!

FORM’s Creative Schools initiative is first of its kind in Australia.

"Developed with Paul Collard as part of FORM’s Creative Learning program, the purpose of Creative Schools is to enhance outcomes for young Western Australians by activating creative learning strategies through the establishment of meaningful partnerships between teachers, creative (arts) practitioners and young people.

"The defining characteristic of the program is the collaborative partnerships between artists, classroom staff and learners, and the ways in which these partnerships helps to bring the curriculum to life. Teachers and creative practitioners of all disciplines are trained to work together in devising creatively-based learning activities, in order to deliver them in the classroom across a period of several weeks.

"Creative Schools is about the art of learning, or maybe, more accurately, the art of collaborating and listening, challenging and discovering, failing and growing, thinking and reflecting. The art of understanding how difficult learning or even just being at school can be for some students, and then imagining how creativity might be able

to help ease or eliminate that difficulty. Or how creativity might increase the achievement for those who can already cope well. The bottom line is that the three R’s are still important; it’s just that there is more than one way of helping students achieve them.

"While the in-school activities address a specific priority learning area as identified by the school and participating teacher (e.g. mathematics, HASS or science), they also aim to develop students’ creative and critical thinking, problem-solving and team working skills.

"This approach has been shown, elsewhere in the world, to have a marked impact in schools in low socio-economic areas. It’s about providing new ways for learners to engage with subjects. With careful planning, appropriate professional support to teachers, and inspiring opportunities for children and young people to learn through arts and creativity, FORM believes and has evidence that Creative Schools can bring about significant improvements in motivation, engagement, confidence, behaviour and

academic attainment.

"Creative Schools helps to nurture the five ‘creative habits of mind’ that are so important to how children learn:

  • Collaboration

  • Persistence

  • Inquisitiveness

  • Imagination

  • Discipline


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