11C Assembly - Creativity
Every school year brings something new: new teachers, new forms, new materials, or even new classrooms. However this year, the new addition to the school was not anything tangible, or even really measureable. This year, we were given the Ethos of Learning. A large majority of you probably feel it doesn’t apply or matter, and that’s understandable. As a school we already hit most of these objectives. We take responsibility, mostly, work hard in an engaged manor, and utilise teamwork, be it on the sports field or in those last-minute revision sessions. However, the one element that it could be argued is slightly lacking in the repertoire of an RGS pupil is creativity. Aside from weaving yourself out of a late homework, when were you honestly last creative?
In order to understand what being creative is, let’s first break it down; what could creativity be? It could be problem solving, challenging assumptions, coming up with new ideas, or showing initiative in some way. Judging by these criteria, we are presented with opportunities at school to be creative on a daily basis, but how many times do we take it? It is all too easy to take a sheep mentality and follow what everyone else is doing, which works, but does it really mean that you get the most out of an education at this school? Everything else is easy in comparison. Taking responsibility, being engaged or working in a team is a fairly default response at school in comparison with breaking the habit of a species and breaking out from the crowd, which, clichéd as it me seem, is incredibly valuable in later life.
As George correctly pointed out, it is easy to not be creative or think outside the box, and to just follow precisely what you have been told to do. However, we think that creativity is essential, perhaps more than any other quality on the ethos of learning, to succeed in life. For example, it’s not just creative to design a new piece of art or music. Perhaps overcoming a problem in science or technology is more what you would be doing in your careers, because in many ways solving problems is the father of creativity, and therefore invention. In any case creativity is everywhere within our lives, from this speech to projects in your lessons, to new ways to win on World of Warcraft!
To give an example of creativity, I initially thought of Steve Jobs, who as I am sure you all know, developed Apple. However, this being a creative assembly, I gave this some thought since all Mr Jobs did, was spot a problem, develop a creative solution. It was in conjunction with the creativity of all of the designers, engineers and programmers which made it happen. This just shows that everybody can be creative, and everyone needs to be creative in order to make huge things happen.
But of course, it’s easy for me to stand up here and read aloud this speech, for you to forget all about it by the time that double maths comes along. You all might be thinking “Yeah, but you try being ultra-creative, all of the time”
So that’s what I thought as well. So just to show you that you can do it too, and by obvious pubic demand, here is my ethos of learning poem. Just so you know, the creative part is that there is an ethos of learning word in every line.
This poem was full of challenges,
But with confidence I shall manage this,
I must be focused, that I know,
To reflect upon the ideas sown,
This took lots of preparation,
And through initiative, to my elation,
I used lots of new ideas,
And took courage in my fears,
And now I must say I’m challenging assumptions,
Half way through this problem-solving production.
But I can tell you why this is relevant,
‘Cos perseverance is also prevalent,
My passion for learning goes on,
And my rigour for school is never gone,
And as I saw from observation,
We all work great in co-operation.
So I hope you will all respect me now,
Communicating to you qualities to show,
Feel empathy here, in this location,
As I read this out, without collaboration,
This poem with a message, which in your mind keep turning,
You must always remember the Ethos of Learning.
As we can see creativity is an integral part of all of our lives both inside and outside of the classroom. We use it every day. For instance if you are creating a presentation for a school project creativity is used when choosing your images or deciding upon a specific font. Even in later live creativity is an essential part to your success as an individual. We will all have to use creativity at work, at home, or even when you are plotting against your little brother in order to reclaim the TV or PlayStation which he has been clearly playing on for far too long. Therefore it is clear that creativity is a vital skill and it is one of the key ingredients to our ethos of learning here at the RGS.
Please just take a second to consider the last time that you were creative.