Katrina Clark

HOD Arts and PE, Drama teacher

Dwight School Dubai

Never one to sit still, I have worked in many different fields including Retail Management, Training Coordination, Working with Special Needs, a Professional Actor on stage and screen, a Professional Singer and Director. One thing I can own, is that 99% of skills are transferrable. I grew up in a small town in New Zealand, called Whakatane (in the native NZ language, Maori, the "Wh" is pronounced with a "F" sound - I'll let you work that one out!). I have been working the performing arts (my life long passion) for 13 years and am now a teacher. Working in education has broadened my mindset incredibly. The impact and challenges we have, and face every day as teachers, is immense. But, educating the next generation is one of the most important things for all our futures. The world of tomorrow rests heavily in the hands which are raised to answer questions in our classrooms today. I believe we have a duty to prepare these students as best we can.


GESS Talks Active

25 February 2020 | 15:00 - 16:00 | English | Dwight School Dubai’s Student Choir

Dwight School Dubai’s Student Choir.


Future Learning

27 February 2020 | 14:30 - 15:00 | The Secret Art of Making Mistakes

What if we could teach creativity and innovation to those who think they aren't creative? OR enhance the ideas of those who are? In the depths of any theatre, there is a costume room, ruled by a bunch of creatives, looking much like a small explosion has occurred ! A collective mismatch of Shakesperean dresses, paper trees, sequins, feathers, foam swords and 14 squeaky ducks. And as our students struggle to get their "ducks in a row", in a world where we are taught to get things right, put things n order, and follow the rules, we also need to give our students permission to mess things up, explore chaos, and make mistakes! This is the birthplace of creativity and innovation! In my talk "the Secret Art of Making Mistakes" I explore how we can enhance innovative thought and creativity by the adoption a few simple rules and a fun fresh mindset.