CREATIVE EDUCATION AT GGS

“Entwined in our commitment to nourish exceptional futures, Creative Education is one of Geelong Grammar School’s defining pillars.”- Rebecca Cody, Principal of Geelong Grammar School

 

Creative Education teaches the skills and attitudes to be creative in any context. Examples can be seen in all human endeavour, as creativity is at the very heart of humanity: creativity is not just about the arts – it is broad and all-inclusive. Consider Einstein in the field of physics, to Bach and Mozart in music, O’Sullivan at the CSIRO who invented Wi-Fi, to Lloyd-Wright in Architecture and the list continues. Their lives were a creative response to their unique situations. Whilst such exemplars are illustrative, they do not capture the concept that creativity begins and develops in childhood; creativity can be taught.

Creative Education prioritises teachers as facilitators, coaches and collaborators in the classroom. Creative education moves students and teachers away from the silos of knowledge based, exam based, standardised learning to an education that recognises the common skills which lie between subjects. We believe that creativity and innovation can enhance engagement, motivation, academic outcomes, self-efficacy and well-being.

Creative Education is necessary to:

  • explicitly integrate 21st century skills into our courses;
  • bring creativity to the heart of education; and
  • enable students to navigate change and complexity with confidence.

Creative Education is busting the myths of creativity:

  • creativity is not only about the arts, but is applicable to all learning – from the arts, to the sciences, the humanities and beyond;
  • creativity is not only for the gifted and talented, but is within all and for all;
  • creativity is not about the solo genius, but can be shared regardless of skill or opportunity;
  • creativity can be assessed and its results can be transformative; and
  • creativity is not being struck by the muse in a eureka moment, but is a way of developing collaborative, problem solving and critical thinking skills as an approach to learning.

Our current evolving definition is that - “Creative Education brings together the sciences of creativity and learning, with the art of teaching, to build capacity across the interlinked and enterprising skills of collaboration, problem solving and critical thinking. It is also about nurturing the energising attitudes for creativity, such as courage, imagination and curiosity.”