Creative Schools Conference: A Blaze of Colour


Tue Feb 01 2022 at 08:30 am to 05:00 pm


Kohia Centre, The University of Auckland Faculty of Education and Social Work | Auckland, AU

Explore creative education in hands-on sessions at this special conference for Year 1-8 teachers and senior leaders.
About this Event

'Creativity is now as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.’ – Sir Ken Robinson

There is common recognition that nurturing student creativity in their schooling matters - especially within the complex world we find ourselves in. But what does a creative education look like? How do you teach for creativity? And what role do the arts play within this?

The Centre for Arts and Social Transformation (responsible for Te Rito Toi and the Creative Schools Index) warmly invites you to this special conference day for Year 1-8 teachers and senior leaders.

We will explore these questions in hands-on sessions led by a range of thinkers, makers and doers including…

• Renowned drama pedagogue Peter O’Connor sharing his internationally recognised learning experience, A Teaspoon of Light, during the keynote session

• Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh exploring creative ways to write creatively at primary levels

Jane Keely from the Sir John Kirwan Foundation’s Mitey mental health in schools project taking a Mitey aligned Te Rito Toi lesson - ‘A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way’

...and more!!


8.30am – 9.00am Registration

• 9.00am – 10.35am Welcome & Keynote session

• 10.35am – 10.50am Morning tea

• 11.00am – 12.30pm Concurrent sessions - Stream 1

• 12.30pm – 1.00pm Lunch

• 1.10pm – 2.40pm Concurrent sessions - Stream 2

• 2.50pm – 4.20pm Concurrent sessions - Stream 3

• 4.20pm – 5.00pm Post-event networking

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There are 3 concurrent sessions streams throughout the day. When booking your ticket to the Creative Schools Conference, please choose only ONE session for each concurrent stream. For example: Concurrent Stream 1 – Jane Keely, Concurrent Stream 2 – Hinekura Smith, Concurrent Stream 3 – Selina Marsh.

Details of each session, topic and speakers can be found in the full programme above or during the check-out.

Important information about COVID-19 Red light:

The University of Auckland is committed to providing an on-campus experience at all traffic light settings. Therefore, under Red light, our conference is still going ahead with a range of protective measures in place:

1. Room capacity has been reduced to ensure at least 1-metre distancing can be maintained between people.

2. Masks (face coverings) are required indoors for everyone who does not have a mask exemption. Presenters who can maintain a 2-metre separation from the attendees are allowed to remove their mask to speak to the group.

3. The University of Auckland requires anyone coming onto campus from 4 January 2022 onwards to be fully vaccinated and have a valid My Vaccine Pass. Our staff at the registration desk will scan your My Vaccine Pass on the day.

4. Attendees will also be reminded to use the NZ COVID tracer app or sign the register provided.

5. Anyone feeling unwell must not come to the event and should stay at home.

You may request a refund up to seven days before the event starts, after this, it will be on a case-by-case basis.


By attending our event you are confirming that you do not present with any COVID-19 Symptoms and are not required to isolate by the NZ Government for any reason.

- Guests will be required to scan in using the NZ Covid Tracer app.

- Full vaccination is required for all guests aged 12 years and older from 17th January, 2022.

- Guests will also be required to show their My Vaccine Pass upon arrival which will be scanned using the NZ Pass Verifier app. Please note, we cannot accept purple vaccination cards or vaccination confirmation letters as proof of your vaccination status.

- Children under the age of 12 years and 3 months do not need to provide a My Vaccine Pass to enter places with a vaccination requirement.

- At Covid-19 Framework Red level settings, guests must wear a face covering when indoors on any University of Auckland campus.

- Hand sanitizer will be readily available, and we ask guests to wash their hands regularly.

- Guests are asked to review the checklist below and are kindly asked to not attend the event if the answer to any of the following conditions is yes:

- You are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, loss of sense of taste or smell)

- Within the past 48 hours you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

- You have arrived in New Zealand and still subject to MIQ/Home Quarantine requirements.

- We also ask that if you develop symptoms within 48 hours of attending this event please get a COVID-19 test.

Thank you


Where is it happening?

Kohia Centre, The University of Auckland Faculty of Education and Social Work, Gate 1, 78 Epsom Ave, Auckland, New Zealand

Event Location & Nearby Stays:


NZD 0.00 to NZD 43.48

Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Auckland

Host or Publisher Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Auckland

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