Entrepreneurship and the qualities of making a great leader are becoming increasingly important in today’s society. The skills of creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication are key areas of entrepreneurial work. Our students in Year 9 Money Creation, Year 10 Entrepreneurship, Year 7 Digital Entrepreneurship and others who, outside of these classes, connect with each other while participating in entrepreneurial pursuits, are provided important opportunities to shape their creative and critical thinking skills whilst positioning themselves for better employment prospects for the future.
During the year, students enter into entrepreneurial activities through designing business plans, applying for small start-up loans, repaying borrowed money from their profits, purchasing stock, applying mark-up on stock, adjusting pricing of products to suit current demand, advertising products, liquidating stock at the end of a business cycle and successfully shutting down their activities. A range of enterprises and competitions are offered with a successful staff car wash and many, many food enterprises occurring during the school year.
Added to the school-based activities are a number of additional pursuits. Past students have been invited to the Foundation of Young Australians to engage in a one-day workshop with the organisers of the Entrepreneurial $20Boss Program. This program encourages students to build an enterprise from a $20 start-up cost. Along with four other Victorian schools, our students were involved in co-designing the new 2019 program and were able to give feedback and offer advice to the organisers that will eventually shape and provoke new students of the $20Boss program.
The students in Years 7 – 9 are offered the chance to participate in the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge. In 2019, a team from Year 8 were announced as Victorian Runners Up with their work on display at Scienceworks over Summer.
Three highly motivated and engaged Year 11 students throughout 2018 collaborated and designed a new Cyber Security concept as a part of the Australian Conrad Spirit of Innovation Competition. The three students progressed to the finals held in Brisbane where their innovative Cyber-Security concept attracted interest from a number of major national and international organisations, and they were able to access expert advice from other start-up companies at the finals.
They were announced overall winners of the challenge and crowned Best Innovation for 2018. They traveled to NASA in Florida for the world finals in April 2019 and were recognised as Pete Conrad Scholars, the competition’s top award, in the Cyber-Technology and Security Category.
A new Twitter account @TKSEntrepreneur showcases the talents of all our entrepreneurial students and their activities throughout the year. Please feel free to follow us on Twitter.