I have been reading a book over the last couple of weeks that talks about creativity in learning. The dictionary definition of creativity is ‘the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness’ and it has many synonyms like ‘innovation’, ‘originality’, ‘ingenuity’, and ‘vision’. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) traditionally assessed fifteen-year-old students' ability to apply mathematics, reading and science knowledge, and skills to real-life problems.
Since 2012, a fourth domain has been introduced to the assessment, a domain that assesses innovative problem solving and global competence. In the PISA assessment of 2021, this domain will be called 'creative thinking'. So, it is clear that educators globally are recognising the importance of facilitating and teaching creative thinking in the class – giving the students opportunities within the curriculum to creatively develop solutions to solve problems.
We are very committed to nurture and develop those creative thinking skills within our students from Pre-Kindergarten onwards. Our Primary School has been chosen as one of 16 schools in Western Australia to participate in the Creative Schools Project led by FORM, a Perth-based cultural non-profit organisation, in partnership with the following organisations:
1. WA Department of Education
2. Creativity, Culture & Education (CCE), the leading international foundation for creativity in education (based in the UK)
3. Hidden Giants (UK).
During Term 2 and Term 3 of this year, the project will run in Year 1 and Year 2. We are currently in the preparation stage of this project and more information will follow soon to explain to our community exactly what this involves.
We are very much looking forward to this exciting opportunity!
Long service leave
I will be on long service leave for Week 9 and 10 of this term. Mrs. Pam Tyrrell, our Curriculum Coordinator in Primary, will fill in during my absence. If there is something urgent that you normally would have discussed with me, please contact Student Services to direct you to the right person.
With that, I wish all our families a wonderful holiday. This year so far has been full of challenges, and I pray that the three weeks’ break will give you some time to relax as next term will kick off at a sprint again.