The 'Broadening Horizons' program is designed around real life problems that businesses face and the strategies that they work through to hopefully resolve them.
The Broadening Horizons Program is designed around real life problems that businesses face and the strategies that they work through to hopefully resolve them. We are pleased to provide the opportunity to the Year 9 students to be part of the Broadening Horizons Personal Learning group. The Broadening Horizons Program partners schools with industry partners so students develop enterprise and employability skills whilst problem solving tomorrow's problems today.
Early in term 1, the Broadening Horizons Personal Learning class hosted a focus group on the proposed Broadening Horizons Online Platform. The students were thrown in the deep end, well out of their comfort zone with most never having been part of a formal business meeting. They had the fabulous opportunity to put the 21st Century skills we had been focusing on in the classroom into action with some staff and students from Yarram Secondary College, staff from Broadening Horizons as well as one of the industry partners. Students have completed a video task (which can be viewed here), which was shown at the regional workshop for Broadening Horizons on teachers from participating schools and their industry partners which was held on the 2nd of March.
We’ve created a class group on Google Drive to communicate with each other without being in the same room.
This year’s industry partner is Parks Victoria, who are responsible for managing and protecting Victoria’s park network. In Holey Plains State Park, people have been riding their motorbikes off track in areas where they were not supposed to, which damages endangered plants and destroys animals habitats. As a class we are going to explore ways to solve this problem.
We will go out to the park and look for solutions.
This week the Year 9 Advance students were given an amazing learning opportunity to participate in the Next Gen: Illuminate Challenge.
Students have learnt what it takes to start a new business in a week, going through the process of developing the idea, refining it, making sure it connects with customers and is viable – all the way up to pitching for investment to get it off the ground! It has been a roller coaster of a week with some students immediately recognising the learning opportunities presented to them, whilst others took a few days to warm up to the different style of project based learning, which is the employment future of so any of our students.
It has been amazing to watch the students develop their Enterprise and Employability Skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, citizenship and character. There have been some interesting discussions about how job interviews at some large corporations now take a similar format where part of the application process places applicants into teams to work on a challenge and whether you get the job depends on how you perform in the challenge.
On March 23rd you may have heard one of our participating teams on talkback radio on ABC Gippsland. We look forward to the final presentations by the participating schools (Maffra, Sale and Yarram). Regardless of whether a Sale College Team takes the win or not, the students who participated have gained so much more personally in extending themselves well out of their comfort zone and embracing the challenge than any first place can award. We have seen Sale College's core value of Achievement shine bright this week.