September 29, 2016

As I mentioned in my previous letter, this year's conference theme is creativity. This is a topic that has been mentioned by members on several occasions as one that interests them and there was certainly a strong message from Yong Zhao at last year's conference about the crucial importance of creativity in this postmodern age of accelerated change, uncertainty and technological complexity.

But what is creativity? Is it the gift of just a few? Or can we all develop our creative side? Why is creativity important in our schools? And how can we give it the time and space that it deserves? We hope to explore these and other questions with the help of two keynote speakers who will provide us with plenty of food for thought and will definitely challenge many standard educational paradigms.

Ollie Tunmer has been delivering workshops since 2001 for the education, corporate and community music sectors. He gained a BMus (Hons) from Kingston University and later a PGCE in Secondary Music from Canterbury Christ Church University. He is a qualified music teacher and now delivers percussion workshops on a full time basis. He regularly works at the Teach First Summer Institute at Leeds University. He delivers workshops for British and International schools across the globe and for the COBIS Schools Council. Ollie’s workshops include STOMP- style Body Percussion (he was a cast member of the hit show STOMP) and Brazilian Samba
Drumming (Ollie performed in the 2002 Rio de Janeiro carnival). As well as leading Professional Development sessions for music specialists, Ollie also promotes the use of music as a means of encouraging wellbeing, for both individuals and teaching communities. Participants to all sessions gain a great deal, regardless of prior musical experience. Ollie aims to pass on his passion for music to all that he works with.

After working with street children in Brazil, Carl Honoré covered Europe and South America for
the Economist, Observer, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, Time, National Post and other
publications. His first book, In Praise of Slow, examines our compulsion to hurry and chronicles
a global trend toward putting on the brakes. The Financial Times said it is "to the Slow
Movement what Das Kapital is to communism." His second book, Under Pressure, explores the
good, the bad and the ugly of modern childrearing - and offers a blueprint for change. Carl's
latest book, The Slow Fix, explores how to tackle complex problems in every walk of life, from
health and relationships to business and politics, without falling for superficial, short-term quick fixes. Carl presented a series for BBC Radio 4 called The Slow Coach in which he helped rushed, overscheduled Britons slow down. In 2015, he presented a TV show called Frantic Family Rescue on Australia's ABC. His TED talk on slowness has been viewed nearly 2 million times. On top of writing, broadcasting and researching the benefits of deceleration, Carl rushes (slowly, of course) around the world to deliver speeches and workshops. He recently became a member of the Board of Trustees of Hewitt School in New York, with whom he has worked on slowing down.

We will also be joined by Ben Walden, who many of you will remember from our conference in 2012, who will provide a third option for our breakout sessions, focussing on bringing out the creativity in all of us.

We will be joined by the students for the two keynote presentations on the first day and for the presentation on the final evening. I will be asking you soon for your input on the themes for the discussion forums and, as I mentioned in my previous letter, we are looking for a really strong input from delegates for the workshops, with a strong emphasis on creativity and active participation.

The cost of the conference will be US$700 for the first delegate from each school and US$450 for each subsequent delegate. This includes all conference sessions, three lunches, five coffee breaks, the welcome cocktail and the formal dinner. Networking activities will have an additional cost. This small rise in cost largely reflects the cost of our speakers. This year we have two main speakers who will be with us for the full three days of the conference, plus a third speaker coming in for one day. However, the increase will be more than offset by the lower cost of the hotel, which should represent a saving of around US$400 per delegate compared with the last three years. We will be sending details of hotel options shortly.

As with the students, we really need to have the final list of delegates by the end of November if we are to be able to plan effectively and put together a really attractive offering of workshops. Please use the following links to register the Head of school (or their representative if the Head is unable to attend) and the additional delegates that will be attending. Changes can be made if unforeseen circumstances make that unavoidable but please try to enter the people that will actually be attending at the first attempt.

Registration links:
Head of school (or representative)
It is a condition of membership of LAHC that the Head of the school attend the annual conference. Where this is not possible the school must send a representative, who will be expected to attend the AGM.

Click here to register the Head or their representative

Additional delegates
A school may send as many delegates as they wish in addition to the Head (or their representative). Use the link below for each additional delegate that will attend the conference.

Click here to register an additional delegate

I hope that this has whetted your appetite for what promises to be a very thought provoking and stimulating conference and that you and your staff will be participating with an active contribution.

Best wishes,