Mr Ian Browne | Business and Enterprise Teacher
A newly created dog collar that tracks the location and wellbeing of our four-legged friends, has taken out the honours during this year’s Australian Business Week (ABW) program.
Year 11 business students from both TSS and St Hilda’s joined forces for the first time, to participate in the program where they acquired the skills needed to be part of a successful business in the 21st century.
From July 10-12, the students formed three companies where each team member took on a role in management, operations, finance and marketing. On the last day they ‘battled’ it out and were judged on who’s business was the most successful. Under the supervision of mentors (leaders of Business here on the Coast), the students were required to develop strategies and make decisions based on a Computer Simulation (30% of mark); produce a Company Report (15%); make an Oral Presentation (15%); present a Trade Display (15%); prepare a Marketing Portfolio (15%) and also work as a Company – Teamwork (10%).
The three companies formed were Sports Performance who marketed a sports muscle injury tape, Tech X that delved into virtual reality and Tech Pet – the winning team who created the ingenious ‘Tech Collar’, offering piece of mind for dog owners everywhere.
The ABW program is designed to encourage independent and cooperative learning skills and to develop an enterprise mindset prior to entering the workforce or proceeding to further study. It exposes participants to developing problem solving skills, while enhancing cooperation and developing effective time management. This program also provided students with the opportunity to interact with business members of the community, as well as those from our own school community.
Congratulations to all the students for taking part in the program.
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