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8 March 2019

Students will work with some of the Victoria’s best artists, writers and performers as part of the latest round of the Creative Learning Partnerships program.

Photo: Ben Symons

Photo: Ben Symons

A joint initiative between the Department of Education and Creative Victoria, the program offers grants between $10,000 and $35,000 to enable schools to partner with top creatives and organisations to deliver projects for, and with, students and teachers that use creativity as a catalyst for learning.

Eastwood Primary School, one of 12 schools participating this year, will partner with singer-songwriter Kutcha Edwards to run workshops helping students create their own music. The classes are designed to complement the English and First Peoples curriculum.

The Creative Learning Partnership program is open to all Victorian schools from Foundation to Year 10. For more information about how to apply for the 2020 program visit creative.vic.gov.au/funding-and-support/programs/creative-learning-partnerships

Creative Learning Partnerships – supported projects 2019

Deer Park North Primary School, Deer Park, $10,000
Foundation to grade 6 students and their teachers will work with artist Anthony Crawley to create, record, and perform a series of songs, and accompanying artworks, that explore the theme of gratitude. The project is linked with the school's literacy curriculum, Auslan program, its 'Respectful Relationships' program, and 'Gratitude Garden' which encourages positive thinking and reflection.

Eastwood Primary School, Ringwood East, $10,000
Students will work with singer and songwriter Kutcha Edwards to explore how to develop a concept for a song and how to create melodies, poetry, lyrics, verses and choruses. Students will create music that - like Kutcha's - conveys a sense of connectedness, gratitude and understanding of who they are. With a focus on students in years 5 and 6, the project has strong curriculum links to Literature and will run at the same time as a unit covering First Peoples culture.

Harrietville Primary School, Harrietville, $10,000
Drawing inspiration from the family members of students who volunteer for emergency search parties across the alps, students will work with writer Craig Dent to search through the snow to find words that have been lost and forgotten. Students will explore creative writing and will create artworks that document their journeys to rediscover and revive the lost words. Their creations will form a virtual book that will be shared to a wider audience, including to primary students in Canada. Aimed at students in years 3 to 6, the project will connect with curriculum in literature, literacy and language.

Northern Bay College, Corio, $35,000
Students in years 6-8 will collaborate with Western Edge Youth Arts to explore what makes a strong community and how communities can deal with environmental challenges. Students will start by exploring their own and each other's cultural backgrounds and will consider the impact that environmental challenges are having on global migration. Students will learn skills in drama, physical theatre, spoken word poetry, film, animation and sculptural art and use these skills to tell personal, cultural, historical and scientific stories. The project will create a mass performance piece involving 50 students and will be linked to a wider exploration of sustainability across the curriculum.

Point Cook College P-9, Point Cook, $10,000
Drawing inspiration from the migratory shorebirds that depend on the Point Cook habitat, students from years 2, 5 and 6 will collaborate with printmaker and writer Kate Gorringe-Smith on a project that explores their own family stories of migration. Students will develop skills in creative writing and will learn about mapping and navigation while also creating linocut prints to illustrate their stories. Students will go on to perform their migration stories for the wider school community.

Ringwood Heights Primary School, Ringwood North, $10,000
Students in years 5 and 6 will work with artist Michael Schiell on a visual art and sculpture project that will explore the concepts of belonging, identity and transitions in life. The students will work with Michael to create sculptural 'nests' using materials from the surrounding environment. These nests will symbolise the primary school environment and students will explore their experiences as 'fledglings' preparing to leave the nest and move into high school and adolescence.

St Marys Parish School, Colac, $35,000Students will work with Barking Spider Visual Theatre on a project based on the Japanese concept of 'Kaidan' which roughly translates to 'talking about and sharing strange, mysterious, rare, or bewitching occurrences'. Students will explore the things that make them wonder, gasp, give them goosebumps or seem improbable, and will then explore the science behind them. Working across the school community, with a focus on grade 4, students will create stories and turn them into an interactive performance event. The project will complement the school's LOTE program focused on Japanese culture, as well as studies in Science and English.

Sydney Road Community School, Brunswick, $35,000
Students in years 7-10 will work with Rawcus Theatre on a project that explores the intersection between art and sport. Students will work with Rawcus' team of artists with and without disability as well as basketball players and MCs to deconstruct the techniques, flow and movement of a basketball game. They will use this to create an inclusive theatre performance that incorporates theatre, spoken word, dance and movement. The project will culminate in two public performances and will be linked to the curriculum in areas such as critical and creative thinking, health and physical education and personal and social capability.

Winters Flat Primary School, Castlemaine, $10,000
Students in grades 5 and 6 will work with artist Eliza-Jane Gilchrist to create a large immersive ‘garden’ sculpture made of recycled cardboard, to be shared with their community. Students will examine the plants in the school's kitchen garden and use them as inspiration for their sculptural creations. The project will be integrated into the maths and English curriculum, with students using their skills in symmetry and 3D objects to create the sculptures and undertaking creative writing tasks that are inspired by the project. The students that participate in the project will pass on their learning to younger students in collaborative workshops.

Yarrabah Special Developmental School, Aspendale, $35,000
Students will work with McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery staff and artists from Slow Art Collective to create a giant, woven architectural installation that will be displayed in the grounds of the gallery. The work will use bamboo, scaffolds and recycled fabric yarn to make an all-abilities, multi-sensory installation for both art and play. Created through workshops that support the inclusion of all participants, the work will disrupt the myth that people with autism like being alone.

Yarrunga Primary School, Wangaratta, $35,000
Students in years 1 and 2 will work with artists and staff from Wangaratta Art Gallery on a textile art project that explores the region's history. Students will create a textile installation at school as well as an exhibition at Wangaratta Art Gallery. The project, which will involve First Peoples textile artists, will draw on the First Peoples history of Yarrunga, which is an Aboriginal word meaning 'Tall Trees'. The project will be part of a whole-school unit on the history of Wangaratta. It will explore the trajectory of time from being First Peoples land, to the settlement of Wangaratta, the establishment of the Wangaratta Woollen Mills in 1923 and Bruck Textiles in 1946, a significant employer in the town and to the families of Yarrunga. Students will look at the textiles in the gallery's collection and the project will coincide with the Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award.

Big Hill Primary School, Big Hill, $10,000
Students from all year levels and their teachers will work with artist Troy Firebrace and local emerging Dja Dja Wurrung artist Daikota Nelson on a project that will see students immerse themselves in rich Aboriginal culture. Together they will explore traditional art concepts to create a collective art piece titled 'Womin-dji-ka', the Dja Dja Wurrung word for 'welcome'. Students will work individually and cooperatively with their peers, local community members and their families to explore cultural identity, beliefs and history, and this will form the inspiration for the mural.