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Year 8 Gets Up to Christmas Business

Year 8 Gets Up to Christmas Business

Author: Barbara Mossman
Author Role: Coordinator: Gifted and Enterprise Education

Year 8 showed just what they are capable of achieving as a cohort this week when they participated in a special Enterprise Education program with a Christmas spirit, aimed at developing entrepreneurial knowledge, skills and attitudes for the future world of work. From Monday to Wednesday in the final week of Semester 2, 150 students embraced the challenge of creating a new product or service for the Christmas period and then creating demand for it within a specified target market.

Wearing elf and Santa hats and the odd Christmas garment, students began the week with a series of workshops aimed at imparting key information and skills that would be needed for the duration of the three-day challenge. Topics included Design Thinking, Branding and Marketing in the Digital Age (delivered by Bop Industries), Teamwork, and The Art of Persuasive Pitching.

Teams embraced the Christmas Business Challenge with creativity and enthusiasm, creating product prototypes and packaging, advertisements, logos, app and website interfaces and other promotional materials, as well as developing a persuasive pitch. The standard of presentations was outstanding, as was the thought behind some of the ideas, so judging was not an easy task. Students selected finalist teams by voting on their peers in preliminary rounds, with judges deciding on two winning teams in the Final. The winners were:

The Holiday Food Dudes               Lily Chippendale, Liley Smith, Joshua Gordon-Douglas, Sol Leeson and Lachlan Bailey

The Unbreakabauble                      Maddison James, Alexander Shea, Alea Kingi, Daniella Miyumo and Hugo Tan

Congratulations to Year 8 for their creativity, teamwork, design and professional pitching skills. They proved themselves a force to be reckoned with, especially when they collaborated to bring out the best in every student.

A very special thank you is also due to the staff who helped make this program a reality at what is a particularly busy time of year.