Cultivating Creativity

By March 2, 2017 Head's Blog

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Sir Ken Robinson, a leading educational thinker and expert on creativity in schools, once said, “The gardener does not make a plant grow. The job of a gardener is to create optimal conditions.” He uses this analogy to explain the role of teachers and schools in cultivating the creative talents of their students. Judging from what has been going on in our school these last few weeks, I’d say that the ‘gardeners’ at Elmwood have been very busy!

Our musicians have been working incredibly hard to prepare for the Capital Region Music Fest and their preparation led to amazing results. We are so proud that all of our bands – Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 and the Concert Band all received triple gold ratings. You can read more about their accomplishments in the attached article. Congratulations to the girls and to our Director of Elmwood Music, Mr. Nick Gummeson. It’s a terrific achievement.

Speaking of terrific achievements, our Elmwood Theatre students have achieved remarkable things with their wonderful and engaging production of Blue Stockings. I had the chance to see the preview on Tuesday and thought it was fantastic. Congratulations to the cast and crew and especially Ms. Boychuk, our Director of Elmwood Theatre. I encourage everyone to see this wonderful and thought-provoking production.

Sir Ken Robinson’s analogy recognizes that these moments of creativity do not just happen on their own. Our students are able to do these things because of the support, guidance and encouragement of their teachers. We are very lucky to have such a dedicated team of teachers creating optimal conditions for our girls to grow—and the evidence is all around us.

Warm regards,


About Cheryl Boughton

Cheryl has been leading Elmwood since August 2008, when she was chosen by the Board of Governors, after a global search, to be the eleventh Headmistress of the School. She has a rich and diverse background in independent education having held progressively senior roles managing independent schools in the United Kingdom.