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 CPDT points and a Kami Level 1 Certification will be awarded at no cost to educators.

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
  • 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 / Beth Arendse / Dr Sello Galane / Haroon Mahomed / Karen Dudley

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 - 16:30
  • Anneen Abels / Belinda Petersen / Siphokazi Jonas

Who are You?

A journey of Character Development in the Creative Arts Classroom.

Pick Your Workshop (16h45 - 17h15)

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 (17h15 - 17h45)

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

Creative Arts Subject Advisors

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
  • 17:50 - 18:20

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.

Liesel Hartman

Grade
4-9

Workshop 9

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

Hendrik Marais

Grade
R-9

Day 2
Panel Discussion
  • 09:50 - 10:10
  • Nicole Rennie

Panel Discussion

Technology and Digital Innovation in the Creative Arts classroom

Day 2
Workshop 10
  • 10:25 - 10:55
  • Nicole Rennie & Kaitlyn Hybl

Workshop 10

Kami in the Creative Arts Classroom

Pick Your Workshop (11h00 - 11h30)

WorkshopTopicSpeaker(s)Grade

Workshop 11

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

Roché Buckle

Grade R-9

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

Workshop 13

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

Dr Samuel Lundie

Grade 4-6

Day 2
Facilitated Kami Level 1 Certification
  • 11:30 - 12:30

Facilitated Kami Level 1 Certification

Delegates begin and then work independently through the course. You will be entered to win a prize after completion of the course.

Day 2
Panel Discussion and Q&A (Gr R-9)
  • 12:30 - 13:15
  • Hugo Thiart, Artistic Director: KKNK & SA artists representing Dance, Drama, Music & Visual Art
  • Grade R-9

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

Advocacy for Arts Education and Entrepreneurial Skills

Day 2
Keynote Address 2
  • 13:15 - 13:30
  • Debbie Schäfer

Keynote Address 2

Day 2
CELEBRATING COLLABORATION
  • 13:30 - 14:00
  • Janet Watts / OThandiwe Sekhibane / Allison Hendricks / Caryn Green

CELEBRATING COLLABORATION

How professional partnerships can ensure a creative future for schools.

Pick Your Workshop (14h00 - 14h30)

WorkshopTopicSpeaker(s)Grade

Workshop 14

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 15

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

Imbali Artbook - Ruth Sack

Grade R-9

Workshop 16

The space for Indigenous Music

Prof Dizo Plaatjes

Grade R-9

Day 2
Where To From Here?
  • 13:30 - 14:00
  • Lindsey Wesner / Belinda Petersen / Anina Lundie / Georina Westraadt / Hendrik Marais / Greg Hinds

Where To From Here?

- 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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Why Schools Are Excited To Attend the Event

We've got some incredible schools joining us and this is why they are excited to join us.

"I really enjoyed the conference. I have learned quite a lot, and am inspired to dream big for my school and IT classroom."

Thomas Schulz

School IT Educator and Head of Department

"This is been my first Schoolscape IT event. I have learned so much. Thanks to everyone for all your amazing input and generous sponsors for prizes and gifts. Can’t wait until the next one."

Heidi Hudson-Bennett

School Tech Integrator

"Thank you for much for the high-quality presenters. I've learned so much."

Ros Coltman

School IT Manager

"Thank you to all the organizers for an excellent event. And also a BIG thank you to all the sponsors. I really enjoyed being part of this event."

Lindie Sequeira

School Teacher

"The Schoolscape IT event has been so helpful! It also broadened my horizons and changed the way I think about remote teaching. Thanks for all the effort you put in!"

Helmine De Klerk

School Teacher

"Thank you for a brilliantly organised event. Inspiring and informative."

Adrienne Domorog

School Teacher
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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

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