Head of Junior School – Week 4

Mr Andrew Travers

Mr Andrew Travers

With the New England Eisteddfod in full swing at the moment It is great to see so many Junior School students involved. I was lucky enough to see our choirs compete last week, for some students it was their first time on stage.

Currently much debate in the educational community centres around maths, science, literacy and skills linked to the entrepreneurial environment. These subjects are deemed to have greater currency in a competitive global economy.

This view stands, even though it is generally accepted that the creative arts encourage the development of creativity, innovation, collaboration, critical thinking, communication, motivation and self-confidence… skills seen as essential for the 21st Century work environment.

Research across a number of years, countries and education systems supports the belief that playing an instrument benefits creativity, spatial-temporal ability, IQ scores, and reading and language. Some studies also suggest that it can improve self concept, self-efficacy, motivation and behaviour in secondary school children.

Recently, research was undertaken in this area by Prof Michael Anderson and his colleagues at the University of Sydney. They examined students from Kindergarten to Year 12 and considered their academic and personal wellbeing outcomes over two years.

The research found that students who engaged with the arts in schools as active participants – as makers and doers of the arts – were more likely to improve their outcomes in academic and social spheres than those who passively consumed the arts.

So, being able to express your individuality through the arts can develop your sense of identity and through this, your self-esteem.

Engagement with the arts also allows students to appreciate and understand the different cultures and values of our very diverse society. It has been said that the arts “become the shared link, the glue that shapes our understanding of how we see ourselves and each other”.

The educational space occupied by the creative and performing arts has the potential to inspire in our students innovative ways of thinking that can then be expressed creatively. These creations reflect imagination and endless possibilities for the future.

I would like to thank Mrs Spillane and Mr Oxley for their great work up in the Music department. NEGS offers amazing experiences in the Arts and it’s important that every student takes advantage of this.

Important dates:

21
Assembly 8:50
Yr 3-4 Cattle Club (3:30-4:30)
Mud Club (3:30-4:30)
U13 Hockey Training (3:30-4:30)

 

22
NAPLAN (Years 3/5) – Reading

 

23
PE Uniform
Hockey Training (3:30-4:30)
NAPLAN (Years 3/5) – Conventions

 

24
Yr5-6 Cattle Club (3:30-4:30)
NAPLAN (Years 3/5) – Numeracy

 

25
Sport Uniform
PSSA Cross Country
Netball Training (3:30-4:30)

 

28
Yr 3-4 Cattle Club (3:30-4:30)
Mud Club (3:30-4:30)
U13 Hockey Training (3:30-4:30)

29
Twilight Concert – JS Music

 

30
PE Uniform
Hockey Training (3:30-4:30)

 

31
Yr5-6 Cattle Club (3:30-4:30)

 

1 June
Sport Uniform
Netball Training (3:30-4:30)
Book Club (lunch)

 

Andrew Travers

Head of Junior School