The Growth Mindset Project
In 2015/16, our BA (Hons) Photography programme teamed up with St David's RC High School again for a creative collaborative project to produce six, 3ft by 12ft banners, to be permanently displayed in the School.
Helen Edmund, Stephanie Ramage, Christopher Stewart, Olivia Roberts and Caroline McQuistin from year 3 on the course worked with pupils at the school for 5 months delivering photography lessons and creatively guiding the pupils to design the 6 banners on a Growth Mindset theme. The project is a natural progression from the 2014/15 Resilience Project which won the Creative Edinburgh Collaboration Award and is a continuation of the wonderful partnership between St David's RC High and Edinburgh Napier University.
Jennifer Campbell, PT Partnerships, commented "Working with students from Edinburgh Napier University for a second year has been wonderful. The students have ample creativity and technical skills which they used to teach and inspire the pupils. The Growth Mindset, like Resilience, is a key focus at St David's. These banners will share that message whilst enlivening the place where our pupils come to learn".
Campbell went on to describe the benefits of the project to pupils at St David's RC High, "The pupils were actively involved in all stages of creating the banners, from the initial idea/themes, right through to the final design and editing stages. They've been given access to top of the range equipment and even visited Merchiston campus for a shoot in the photography studio".
Colin Cavers, Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Photography, added "For our students, volunteering to take part in this project, has given them the opportunity to develop real project management and pedagogical skills as well as applying their growing photographic knowledge in a transferable context. We are committed to working with local partners to create work-related learning opportunities and enhance our communities."
The banners will be permanently displayed at St David's RC High School and the artwork will be on display in a temporary exhibition at Merchiston campus from Tuesday 12th April 2016.