Start the long weekend with an inspiring forum on how to inject new ways of thinking into your teaching and stay afterwards to watch Sydney light up from...

Creativity In Education: Engaging Creative Students In The Senior High School Years

Location:

Museum of Contemporary Art
2000 NSW
Australia

Teaching creativity

Speakers

Fenella Kernebone

Fenella Kernebone

Radio and TV Host

Fenella Kernebone is a noted television, radio presenter and producer, MC, interviewer and writer and has had a long career working across arts, film, music, design and culture.

Her hosting roles have included Radio National’s By Design, The Sound Lab on triple j, Art Nation on ABC TV and The Movie Show on SBS.

As well as being an MC, interviewer, facilitator and writer, Fenella is also the Director of Frankly Group, a production company currently working on an Oral History project.

In 2015, Fenella presented a five part series for the ABC called Design Shots, focusing on Australian designers.

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Professor James Arvanitakis

Professor James Arvanitakis

Dean of the Graduate Research School at WSU

Professor James Arvanitakis is the Dean of the Graduate Research School at Western Sydney University, where he also lectures in Humanities and is a member of the University's Institute for Culture and Society.

James is internationally recognised for his innovative teaching style and was the recipient of the Prime Minister's University Teacher of the Year Award in 2012 and an Eminent Researcher Award in 2015 from the Australia India Education Council. He is a regular media commentator appearing on ABC TV and recently launched Sociologic (the book) and the podcast with FBi Radio.

His research areas include citizenship, resilience, piracy and the future of universities and he blogs at www.jamesarvanitakis.net.

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John Goh Principal Merrylands East Public School

John Goh

Principal, Merrylands East Public School

John Goh is currently the Principal of Merrylands East Public School, with an enrolment of 370 students (90% NESB including 10% refugee background). 
 
John’s dynamic and innovative staff are part of the Social Ventures Australia Powerhouse Schools Program. Together, they have a passion for the use of technology in learning and student engagement. 
 
In recent years, John’s school has achieved the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Award for their sustainability programs and infrastructure, and the NSW Director General’s School Achievement.
 
In 2012, John was a finalist for the Pride of Australia award. In 2014, John received a Harvard Club Teachers Mutual Bank Public Education foundation scholarship to study at Harvard Graduate School Of Education along with an ACE Leadership Award for the use of social media in education. 
 
Michael Stoddart

Michael Stoddart

Digital Media Business Strategist, Adobe in Asia Pacific

Michael Stoddart leads the Digital Media business strategy for Adobe in Asia Pacific, supporting Adobe's enterprise customers as they transition to take advantage of tablet, mobile and creative engagements. Michael's longevity, industry knowledge and strategic vision have built significant awareness in the creative, business and marketing communities.

With over 15 years of experience in media and technology, innovation and design is at the heart of how he operates.

Brett Rolfe

Brett Rolfe

Chief Strategy Officer, Naked Communications & Founder of The Schoolhouse Centre for Progressive Education

Brett is the founder of The Schoolhouse Centre for Progressive Education, a non-profit initiative to drive awareness, discussion and adoption of progressive and innovative approaches to education. He was executive producer of TEDxYouth@Sydney (a celebration of ideas by and for teenagers), and last year spoke briefly at TEDxSydney, asking 'What would school be like if we invented it today?' He was also recognised as one of four global winners of the prestigious Cannes Chimera award for creativity in the service of social endeavour. 

Brett holds a Masters in Teaching (Primary) and a Masters in Public Communication. He has written academically on subjects ranging from social movements to teaching mathematics, and was recently published in the Australian Financial Review discussing the transformation of Australian education.

As the chief strategy officer at communications agency Naked, Brett has run workshops and training on creativity and innovation, both locally and internationally.

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Joachim Cohen

Joachim Cohen

Education Outreach Programs Manager, Intel Australia

Joachim is a passionate educator, excited by the potential of what the 21st century's connected landscape presents; to grow, harness and develop the skills of learners as creators and innovators.

As a secondary school Teacher, at both Windsor and Queanbeyan High Schools and Teacher Librarian at J.J Cahill Memorial High School, Joachim has enjoyed the challenge of nurturing the abilities of staff and working with students, parents and the community to develop the young leaders of tomorrow.

As a statewide leader in educational technology, with the NSW Department of Education and now Australia wide Educational Technology evangelist, working on Intel’s Educational Programs, he has broadened his skill set with a focus on professional development for teachers as well as a focus on STEM and educational innovation to ensure the best outcomes for schools, students and teachers.

Joachim hopes to continue his focus on developing and nurturing communities of practice, both virtual and physical, as well as sharing stories of success to motivate, inspire and connect educators across Australia.

 

Bridgette Van Leuven

Bridgette Van Leuven

Head of Children, Families & Creative Learning, Sydney Opera House

Bridgette Van Leuven began her arts career at the Australian Theatre for Young People where she discovered the important role arts education and creativity plays in a young person’s development. 

A graduate of Wollongong University, with post graduate studies from City University, (London) she has also worked for Sydney Festival and the Sydney Theatre Company.  Her time at Arts NSW, saw Bridgette working in roles such as the Program Manager for Theatre & Dance looking after cultural funding, strategy and policy. 

In 2010 she accepted the position of Head of Children, Families & Creative Learning at Sydney Opera House where she and her team are passionate about making the ‘House’ accessible onsite, offsite and online.  Bridgette was a recent Board Member of Illawarra Performing Arts Centre and is the Chair of the Helpmann Awards Children’s Panel in 2015/16.

 

Nicole Velik

Nicole Velik

Director of The Ideas Bodega

Nicole Velik is a creativity and innovation facilitator, trainer and consultant. She is the founder of an innovation company, The Ideas Bodega. Nicole believes we are all creative and with simple and practical tools and techniques she gets her audiences to experience light bulb moments where they too see how creative they really are.

Nicole has facilitated and trained organizations across The United States, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Asia. Her clients include The United Nations, Nike, BBDO, TBWA, Coca-Cola, Caltex, Pepsi, JWT, One Green Bean, Edelman PR, eBay, Havas Worldwide, Johnson & Johnson, STW Group, Ogilvy PR, Hill + Knowlton, Foxtel, Seven Network, BBC and Google

Nicole spent four years working in New York City where she helped her clients keep a competitive edge by thinking creatively and creating cultures where innovation would flourish. She returned to New York to work with her dream client, The United Nations. Her task was to arm them with creative thinking skills and generate big ideas for a UN global initiative, World Humanitarian Day.

Nicole is a regular speaker on creativity and innovation and has educated, entertained and inspired audiences at global conferences such as Ad:Tech, VIVID Ideas, Promax BDA, Creative Innovation 2015, CREA and Emergence Creative.

A recognised thought leader on creativity and innovation, Nicole is regularly interviewed and has been part of round table discussions for the Australian Financial Review, The ABC, CMO Magazine and the Collective Magazine.

When she’s not overhauling brands and nurturing ideas, Nicole can be found pursuing her other passion, music. Her song ‘Tonight’ was used on a national Channel Ten promo for the American TV drama, Medium.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Sarah Fordham

Sarah Fordham

Artist & Educator

Sarah is a Sydney-based contemporary artist who divides her time across a wide range of creative endeavors. A practitioner for over twenty years, her work explores colour across a wide range of forms. 
 
Beyond the studio, Sarah is a passionate educator. She holds a Master of Cross-Disciplinary Design and a Bachelor of Arts Education and is a lecturer and presenter, who has delivered creative workshops for a diverse range of institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). Sarah is regularly invited to be an artist-in-residence, working with students in Sydney and Hong Kong. 
 
2016 sees the launch of SAFO, the artist’s new design label. Merging imagery from her paintings with products, Sarah’s work can now be seen on soft furnishings and accessories.  
 
 

 

Meredith Melville-Jones

Meredith Melville-Jones

Director of Bradfield Senior College

Meredith Melville-Jones is Director of Bradfield Senior College – a senior high school which specialises in the Creative Industries. Since arriving at Bradfield, Meredith has introduced the Bradfield Learning Culture Framework, a college wide initiative encompassing student engagement and wellbeing and was instrumental in redesigning the Industry Experience program with emphasis on providing real world projects. At the TEDxNorthernSydneyInstitute in 2015 Meredith spoke about the challenges of engaging creative students in senior high school within the confines of the curriculum. 
 
With a background in television, communications and entertainment management Meredith worked at Qantas in Internal Communications and as Manager of Inflight Entertainment, Meredith was one of the key players in the implementation of in-seat video systems for the global airline entertainment industry. Before that, Meredith produced and presented the children’s television program ACE, at WIN TV.
 
Meredith was a founding director of the Sydney Youth Writing Competition for primary schools in 2006. She is passionate about working with senior school students to nurture and develop creative skills in conjunction with their academic studies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media/Communication.
 

Event Details

Start the long weekend with an inspiring forum on how to inject new ways of thinking into your teaching and stay afterwards to watch Sydney light up from the MCA.
 
Innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity are now words that dominate the education, business and political arenas, but how do we teach creativity and innovation in an environment dominated by strict curriculum guidelines that focus on 'teaching for results'? 
 
The keynote address by Dr James Arvanitakis, Dean Graduate Research School, Western Sydney University, will discuss the innovative and creativity imperative, and outline how educators can take advantage of curriculum guidelines to promote these graduate attributes, rather than be impeded by them. 
 
The panel will provide insight into real world needs for graduates and educators, present current innovative work and tackle the issue of how we can work with and change current practice to produce strong creative thinkers.
 
Our panel: 
 
John Goh has instilled inspiration, a new way of working in primary schools. His innovative staff are part of the Social Ventures Australia Powerhouse Schools Program. Together, they have a passion for the use of technology in learning and student engagement. 
 
Nicole Velik is an expert on creative thinking. Hear how Nicole's work with clients such as the UN, has transformed the way corporations work.  You’ll walk away with practical techniques to use in the classroom.
 
Brett Rolfe divides his time between the advertising world and a fantastic social project, SchoolHouse, which promotes more progressive approaches to education.
 
Michael Stoddart leads the Digital Media business strategy for Adobe in Asia Pacific, supporting the technology transition to take advantage of tablet, mobile and creative engagements.
 
Joachim Cohen is a passionate educator, excited by the potential the 21st century connected landscape presents to grow, harness and develop the skills of learners as creators and innovators.
 
Bridgette Van Leuven began her arts career at the Australian Theatre for Young People where she discovered the important role arts education and creativity plays in a young person’s development. She is currently the Head of Children, Families & Creative Learning at Sydney Opera House and is passionate about making the ‘House’ accessible onsite, offsite and online.  
 
Sarah Fordham is a Sydney-based contemporary artist who divides her time across a wide range of creative endeavors. A practitioner for over twenty years, her work explores colour across a wide range of forms.

Beyond the studio, Sarah is a passionate educator. She is a lecturer and presenter, who has delivered creative workshops for a diverse range of institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art. Sarah is regularly invited to be an artist-in-residence, working with students in Sydney and Hong Kong.

2016 sees the launch of SAFO, the artist’s new design label. Merging imagery from her paintings with products, Sarah’s work can now be seen on soft furnishings and accessories. 

Meredith Melville-Jones is the Director of Bradfield Senior College – a senior high school which specialises in the Creative Industries. She is passionate about working with senior school students to nurture and develop creative skills in conjunction with their academic studies.

 
This event is presented by Bradfield Senior College.
 
 
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