16 October 2017

Art News

Speech Nights, Art Exhibitions, Sea Dragon Festival, GTEC programmes, Cocurricular programmes, whole school kite flying events, "In pursuit of Excellence Week" initiative, IPSHA Festivals, Awesome Festival, Artist-in-Residence programmes, Highland Games dancing, cultural exchange groups, IB conferences abroad, fundraising through the Arts, mural painting, competitions in-school and national…

A myriad of images are running through my mind, as I reflect on this being my last Thistle article, after 21 years here at Scotch College. When I think back over the body of work here, I feel both exhausted and fulfilled. It has been a privilege to teach boys here at Scotch College, alongside dedicated, professional colleagues, not only developing skills but young minds and souls and hopefully instilling a love of engagement with the Arts in your sons. They have in turn constantly surprised, challenged and impressed me.

I have actively sought to make connections with the community, artists and events in order to make authentic links and build resilience, knowledge and awareness in your sons. As Picasso said, "Every child is an artist", and I agree, endeavouring to help boys understand their own personalities and style of working, so they can realise and build on their strengths and ideas. I will miss the raw energy, emotions, individuality and insights of the boys.

I would like to extend a special thank you to all the parents across the school community who have actively supported the Art Programme and shared in their son's journey with me. I am excited by the prospect of having Pre-Primary and Kindergarten students here to pave the way of a Reggio approach to learning, in conjunction with a wonderful IB school.

Ms Karen Sabitay

PYP Visual Arts