Rustenburg Girls’ Junior, in partnership with WCED, presents the

Creative Arts Conference

Equity and Diversity in Creative Arts Education

27-28 August – Virtual

The heart of the school is missing...

COVID may have turned the world upside down leaving a devastating impact on education but it has also given us the opportunity to reimagine teaching and has highlighted the unwavering commitment of educators. It has highlighted the critical role that Creative Arts plays in supporting the educational, social, emotional and psychological well being of learners. The Creative Arts are ‘the heart of the school’, building character while children learn essential life skills and values, such as curiosity and creativity, that will shape their future.

The 2021 Creative Arts Education Conference will provide educators with the tools needed to provide quality creative arts education to every learner, whether they have specialist training and, more specifically, if they don’t. It will showcase the critical role the Creative Arts has in working towards equity and diversity in our schools. It will introduce educators to new technology that will keep our learners engaged in Creative Arts learning.

Who this event is for

The conference and workshops are designed to provide a fresh and  exciting approach to teaching the arts (music, art, design, dance) for:

  • Primary & high school teachers responsible for teaching any of the Creative Arts components, 
  • Foundation phase teachers, 
  • Students studying to enter the teaching profession 
  • School principals and management teams


All attendees will earn 20 CPTD points for attending and can become a Level 1 Kami Certified Educator by completing the Kami Fundamentals Course.

Meet Your Local & International Speakers

Meet the people who will inspire you to bring back the heart of the school.
Katherine Damkohler

Katherine Damkohler

Founder Director of ETM (Education Through Music), New York

A long-time New York inner-city educator, a former teacher and a principal that led her school to a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award. As Executive Director, she has helped ETM grow to serve thousands of New York City children annually.

Siphokazi Jonas

Siphokazi Jonas

Writer, poet, performer, and producer with a strong national footprint

She holds an MA in English Literature and a BA in Drama and English from the University of Cape Town. Her background in the theatre is what makes her a truly captivating performer whose work leaves a lasting impression on audiences across the world.

Ms Debbie Schäfer

Ms Debbie Schäfer

MEC for Education Western Cape

Ms Schafer is the MEC for Education in the Western Cape. She was born in Pietermaritzburg and obtained a BA degree in English and Psychology from the University of Cape Town and later completed an LLB degree. She practiced law for a period of twelve years prior to starting her political career.

Hendrik Marais

Hendrik Marais

Head of Music & Specialist Subjects: Rustenburg Girls' Junior School

With his vibrant and dynamic approach to music education and choral singing, he manages a large creative arts department with a team of 16 specialists’ teachers.

Belinda Petersen

Belinda Petersen

Principal: Rustenburg Girls’ Junior School

In July 2019 Belinda became the first black principal at Rustenburg Girls’ Junior School in the 127 year history of the institution. She is known for her inclusive leadership style, being a change agent, catalyst and motivator.

Karen Dudley

Karen Dudley

Director Curriculum Development: WCED

Karen Dudley assumed duty as Director: Curriculum Development (General Education and Training) Grades ECD to Grade 9 on 1 July 2017. In 2020, Ms Dudley was recognized and received the award as one of Mail & Guardian’s Powerful Women for 2020.

Anina Lundie

Anina Lundie

Senior Curriculum Planner for Creative Arts: WCED

Anina studied at the University of Stellenbosch and at the Trinity College of London where she obtained an Honours degree in Drama, as well as a Licentiate in Drama teaching. In 2009 Anina became the WCED Senior Curriculum Planner for Creative Arts from Gr 4 - 9.

Lindsay Wesner

Lindsay Wesner

Edumagineer and Experience Architect, PurpleZA

2016 EduWeek ‘Teacher of Tomorrow’ Award winner and two-time winner of the South African ‘iTeacher’ Award. As Director of Teach. Learn. Innovative and PurpleZA, she works with educators, lecturers and school leaders in South African classrooms and beyond.

Agenda

Day 1
Word of Welcome
  • 15:00 - 15:10
  • Belinda Petersen
  • Principal of Rustenburg Girls’ Junior School

Word of Welcome

Explanation of the process of gamification throughout the two-day event.

Day 1
Keynote Address 1: Equity & Diversity in the Creative Arts Classroom
  • 15:10 - 15:30
  • Katherine Damkohler
  • Founder Director of Education Through Music, New York

Keynote Address 1: Equity & Diversity in the Creative Arts Classroom

Day 1
CONNECTING THE DOTS
  • 15:30 - 16:00
  • Yvette Hardie / Dr Sello Galane / Haroon Mahomed / Karen Dudley / Beth Arendse

CONNECTING THE DOTS

From National and Provincial Strategy to quality arts education for every child in every classroom.

Day 1
WHO ARE YOU?
  • 16:10 - 16:40
  • Anneen Abels / Belinda Petersen / Siphokazi Jonas

WHO ARE YOU?

Character Development through Creative Arts.

Day 1
Demonstration: Musicfirst Junior // Musicfirst Classroom
  • 16:45 - 17:15
  • Dr Jim Frankel & Team

Demonstration: Musicfirst Junior // Musicfirst Classroom

Teaching System for Elementary Music Education // Learning Management System for Music Educators

Pick Your Workshop (17h15 - 17h45)

WorkshopTopicSpeaker(s)Grade

Workshop 1

Visual Art In the Foundation Phase: Exploring Puppetry

Jill Joubert

Grade R-3

Workshop 2

Correlation between Maths, Music, Dance and Design - A Practical Session.

Kurt Minnaar

Grade R-9

Workshop 3

Integration of Music, Dance & Drama in Creative Arts

Yvette Hardie

Grade 4-6

Pick Your Workshop (17h50 - 18h20)

WorkshopTopicSpeaker(s)Grade

Workshop 4

Exploration of Creative Movement in the Foundation Phase

Roxanne Levy

Grade R-3

Workshop 5

Poetry Matters - Discover the Magic and Power

Siphokazi Jonas

Grade 4-9

Workshop 6

Practical Solutions for Teaching Creative Arts with Large Groups

Natasha Esbach / Margie Clarke / Phillip Jaftha / Michelle Petersen / Anina Lundie / Deon Burger / Gezania De Jong / Betsie Strydom / Cantél Ross

Grade 4-9

Day 1
Providing peak experiences through contact with professional artists and performances,  learners are inspired to explore the arts with greater curiosity and engagement
  • 18:20 - 19:00

Providing peak experiences through contact with professional artists and performances, learners are inspired to explore the arts with greater curiosity and engagement

Choose between one of the two entertainment activities below:

  1. Tah Dam! Music and Dance performance for Children (Foundation Phase)
  2. The Little Prince - Market Theatre Laboratory (Gr 4 - 9) (Featured at ASSITEJ World Congress 2021)

Day 2
Musical Morning Starter
  • 09:00 - 09:15

Musical Morning Starter

With reference of being mindful, creative and curious.

Pick Your Workshop (09h15 - 09h45)

WorkshopTopicSpeaker(s)Grade

Workshop 7

Towards healing and well-being by practising the Arts at school.

Amelda Brand

Grade
R-3

Workshop 8

Visual literacy strategies for intermediate and senior phase learners.

Berenice Carelse-Plato

Grade
4-9

Workshop 9

The heart of the school is missing - every school a singing school.

Hendrik Marais

Grade
R-9

Pick Your Workshop (09h50 - 10h20)

WorkshopTopicSpeaker(s)Grade

Workshop 10

How to use Dramatic Skills in everyday Learning -an integrated approach.

Roché Buckle

Grade R-9

Workshop 11

Value-added assessments towards quality teaching & learning in Creative Arts

Dr Samuel Lundie

Grade 4-6

Workshop 12

Teaching Arts Entrepreneurship: Developing arts consumers from a young age and supporting the arts economy in South Africa.

Diaan Lawrenson, Christopher Swift

Grade R-9

Pick Your Workshop (10h25 - 10h55)

WorkshopTopicSpeaker(s)Grade

Workshop 13

Kickstarting Creative Arts education at Intermediate Phase level Through longer term collaboration

Assitej SA - Kickstarter Educational Empowerment
Programme - Alison Green & Tsholofelo Shounyane

Grade R-9

Workshop 14

Adventuring Into Art: Developing art teaching resources - beyond the textbook!

Imbali Artbook - Ruth Sack

Grade R-9

Workshop 15

The space for Indigenous Music

Mpumy Ndlovu

Grade R-9

Day 2
Workshop 16: Kami in the Creative Arts Classroom
  • 11:00 - 11:30
  • Nicole Rennie

Workshop 16: Kami in the Creative Arts Classroom

Learn how Kami will become your creative arts classroom hero.

Day 2
Music Education in an Innovating World
  • 11:30 - 12:00
  • Kristina Abella Rey - Music Educator

Music Education in an Innovating World

Tech Strategies for Young Learners

Day 2
Become a Level 1 Kami Certified Educator
  • 12:05 - 13:05

Become a Level 1 Kami Certified Educator

Work independently through the Kami Fundamentals Course to become a Level 1 Kami Certified Educator. Those who completed the course within a week will go in the draw to win some Kami swag.

Day 2
Keynote Address 2
  • 13:15 - 13:30
  • Debbie Schäfer - MEC Education Western Cape

Keynote Address 2

Day 2
ADVOCACY FOR ARTS EDUCATION & ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS
  • 13:30 - 14:00
  • Hugo Thiart, Artistic Director: KKNK & SA artists representing Dance, Drama, Music & Visual Art
  • Grade R-9

ADVOCACY FOR ARTS EDUCATION & ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS

Panel Discussion and Q&A (Gr R-9)

Day 2
CELEBRATING COLLABORATION
  • 14:00 - 14:30
  • Janet Watts / OThandiwe Sekhibane / Allison Hendricks / Caryn Green

CELEBRATING COLLABORATION

How professional partnerships can ensure a creative future for schools.

Day 2
WHERE TO FROM HERE? What strategies and plans to put in place going forward
  • 14:30 - 15:00
  • Belinda Petersen / Anina Lundie / Hendrik Marais / Elizabeth Fredericks / Ebrahim Peck / Lindsay Wesner

WHERE TO FROM HERE? What strategies and plans to put in place going forward

- Create CA teacher teams in schools to develop a community of practice.
- Global and collaborative projects / The power of focused Creative Arts drive in schools.

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Got Any Questions?

This a fully online event. It will not take place on this website but on a virtual conference platform.

Yes. All sessions will be recorded and available to view immediately after a session has ended. These will be available on the virtual conference platform.

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We are trying our best to make this event available to as many people as possible. So, if you are unable to purchase a ticket, please do contact Pam on pamhei@rgjs.org.za or +27 82 882 5670.

To get the most out of the event, each attendee should purchase an individual ticket and use their own device. By doing so, you will be able to make use of all the networking capabilites and create your own personal agenda.

Yes, it starts at 15h00 on Friday 27 August and at 9h00 on Saturday 28 August.

Hendrik Marais

Hendrik Marais

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