Creativity Conference 2018

Pictured: Nico Porteous with student Olivia Huddleston at one of the sessions.

Children at Holy Family School have the chance to learn new skills and hear about potential careers this week.

Pupils have invited members of the community to come in and showcase their knowledge and occupations as part of the school’s Creativity Conference, which began on Monday, April 30.

Around 67 presenters are taking part and those signed up to speak include author Jane Bloomfield and Winter Olympic medallist Nico Porteous (pictured).

Teacher Janis Sandri said the project aimed to teach children to think outside the core curriculum.

“We are running it because we would like our children to be creative and also to be able to solve problems creatively. We want them to explore their own talents and gifts that they have and try new things and we would like to make it a focus for the year.

“We want them to think deeper about learning. It’s not just about the core subjects, there’s more to learning, like being creative,” she said.

Pupils were able to choose three sessions every day from a diverse range of topics, with options including everything from weaving and wooden arrow construction to poetry and pre-historic earthquakes. They will then look to pursue new skills and share their experiences at the end of term.

Ten-year-old classmates Oliver Cotter and Luke Gendall decided to invite members of the media to the conference and said they were looking forward to it.

Oliver, who wants to be a presenter for TVNZ’s Seven Sharp, said, “The conference sounded like fun and all the opportunities were 'out of the box'.”

Luke said, “I want to know the skills of filming to film music videos.”

The school said it was fully booked with presenters for the event after an “amazing” response from the community.

Pictured: Nico Porteous with student Olivia Huddleston at one of the sessions.

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