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Creative Leadership in Learning

An innovative Opera House program that embeds creativity into schools. 

Creative Leadership in Learning brings the artistic resources and creative processes of the Sydney Opera House into school eco-systems by increasing creativity, communication, collaboration and curiosity in teaching and learning.

The Program

The Creative Leadership in Learning program takes schools on a three year journey of discovery, growth and learning.

This flexible program has two main streams of activity:

  1. Immersive professional learning for teachers and Principals
  2. Collaborative art projects between students and Sydney Opera House artists that are developed in the classroom or online, with the opportunity to stage these projects at the Opera House. 

All of the artists are practicing creatives, theatre makers and artistic directors with backgrounds in education and creative learning.

After three years schools will:

  • Have up to 60% of teachers participate in immersive training programs exploring creative learning practices
  • Be experienced at integrating Sydney Opera House programs into their creative learning practices
  • Have attended numerous performances and events at the Sydney Opera House
  • Perform in Amplified Festival at the Sydney Opera House – the annual showcase of work from participating schools 

About Amplified Festival

Amplified is the two-day festival when schools present their major projects from the Creative Leadership in Learning Program. Watch and celebrate how teaching creativity turns up the volume on learning, amplifying the connection between education and art.

Amplified Festival 2019

The performances, foyer activation, and film you are about to watch are the result of two terms of work between Sydney Opera House artists, a class of students and their teachers.

Each school group attended a performance at the Sydney Opera House and used it as the stimulus to create the original work you are about to watch. Each of these works also explores relevant curriculum subjects.

“Creative Leadership in Learning has revolutionised teaching and learning at Casula High School...the potential benefits to the teachers and students are limitless.​”

Andrew Walsh, Teacher, Casula High School

Read, Watch, Listen

Discover more about previous and existing Creative Leadership in Learning experiences...


School kids write migrant family stories into song

Students from Lansvale Public tell history and humour with musician Luke Escombe

Liverpool Boys High rewrites the school curriculum with creativity

Principal Mike Saxon and his students are changing the way we learn

“This is a program you can use to activate whole school change and make creativity the focus of what you do​”

Michael Saxon, Principal, Liverpool Boys High School



What is Creative Leadership in Learning?

An introduction to this innovative program, exploring what happens when creativity thrives in a school over three years. Hear from students, teachers and artists about the impact that Creative Leadership in Learning has had on their lives.


Liverpool Boys Takeover 

What happens when the roles are reversed, and children are put in charge of their own education?

The Sydney Opera House took over Liverpool Boys High in a radical three week program where regular lessons were replaced with workshops, mentoring and performances.


Spooky Airport

Want to get spooked? Watch Year 3 kids from Campsie Public School take part in the immersive puppetry installation they co-created with artist Kay Yasugi.


CLIL in the Classroom 

Watch and learn about the importance of creativity when problem solving and how Creative Leadership in Learning can have amazing cross-circular benefits for your school. 


Teachers Tell All 

What do teachers think of the Creative Leadership in Learning program? Watch to find out. 

School kids write migrant family history into song

Luke Escombe collaborated with the students from Lansvale Public School to co-create two songs; Boat of Dreams and Asian Supermarket in a celebration of their identity.

Students performed the songs at Sydney Opera House as part of the 2019 Amplified Festival, then went on to record their work in studio.

“I will never forget this experience and the profoundly positive impact it had upon my students.​”

Katrina Faros, Teacher, Chipping Norton Public School

Meet the team

Get in touch

To find out more about Creative Leadership in Learning for your school, please contact us:

Frequently Asked Questions

Discover our Creative Learning program

The Opera House’s Teacher Resources provide inspirational activities to watch, listen and read for students in the classroom or learning at home. Teachers should adapt these resources to suit the student age, stage and the lesson outcomes desired.
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