The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

A Creative Community

"Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something then you're more willing to take risks."  Yo-Yo Ma

Artists create; they think about the world, they read, watch and listen. They are problem solvers and communicators.  Through their art they express their emotions and they make you ponder.  Being creative gives us opportunities to try new ideas and ways of thinking.  It helps us acknowledge and celebrate our own uniqueness and diversity.  Creativity encourages self-expression, a way to create from personal feelings and experiences.

On Tuesday 6 August the College opened a special exhibition, its first ever Community Exhibition, displaying 72 works of art from 27 different artists within the Scotch College community.  Teachers, educational assistants, grounds staff and parents came together to share their creative talents and to celebrate the creativity and abilities of our wonderful community.

As I walked around the exhibition, marveling at the talents of the artists, and thinking of what I knew of them as professionals, as educators, I was in awe.  Not only did they demonstrate their outstanding abilities in the classroom every day, working tirelessly to provide the boys of Scotch College incredible learning outcomes and opportunities, but they had these hidden talents which only through an event like this exhibition we are able to showcase and share.

The exhibition itself was another special opportunity for our community.  Some of their participants shared that it had "Reopened their creative pathways" and "Helped me get back in touch with my creative side."  It is truly a special exhibition.

I would like to thank Ms Tessa Beale who has helped organise and display this wonderful exhibition.  I would also like to encourage the community of Scotch College to take the opportunity to visit the exhibition which will be open until Thursday 22 August.  Many of the works on display are also for sale.  As you enter the Gallery you will find a brochure with all the artists' information should you wish to purchase.  Many have already been sold.