Enterprise in the Community - Report for NSW Education

St Pauls College Manly and Balgowlah Boys High in Term 2, 2021

Enterprise in the Community is an experiential learning program delivered over 14-hours. The program is designed to enable people to develop key skills they can use throughout their whole life. The design of the program brings school communities and local business communities together to collaborate and solve real-world business  problems. Learners experience a journey to discover how to apply life skills that they can use every day.

Watch the video to get a sense of how the program works. Enterprise in the Community is delivered by SEVENmile Ltd and is © Copyright 2020-2021 Greg Twemlow and Mitchell Filby.

"Member for Manly, James Griffin has thrown his support behind a project providing students with ‘real life’ challenges faced by local businesses and then finding solutions.

The collaborative project between SEVENmile Ltd, the Department of Education, St Paul’s Catholic College and local participating businesses involved Year 9 and 10 students at Manly’s St Paul’s Catholic College.

The 8 week program (14 hours) is designed by the SEVENmile Venture Lab to expose students to problem solving techniques; gain valuable presentation skills; and develop connections with local industry.

Mr Griffin, who presented students with their certificates said, “It was all on display. What is so impressive about this project is that the students have been working on ‘real life’ problems faced by local businesses."

The above text is quoted from a Media Release from Manly MP, James Griffin, who attended the final presentation event at St Paul's Catholic College on June 21st, 2021. James Griffin is pictured below together with the four student teams and their business owners.

The St Paul's program - business owners very generously gave their time:

Rosanna Cotino and Carla Pereira, Co-Founders, edgedVR - 0431 208 526

Lorraine Gnanadickam, FoodSt - 0412 055 007

Mark Kelly, CEO | Global Surf Industries - 0403 045 159

Quote from Mark: "The outcome from the group work made me think hard about the business and how we were going about things. The simple questions the team asked challenged my thinking which had led to changes that have made a real difference, whilst I haven’t really followed the guidance that the team put forward their challenges have made a difference and with the current lockdown we have been able to increase sales through the Outlet Store by 500% or more. The team challenged the words we were using and the inability for the boards to be online. Lockdown meant we that we had to close the store to the public. We decided that it was possible, changed things around and took 1,200 photos and edits the images of the boards. This created this section of our webstore. We offered click and collect and local delivery within 75 kms. The team challenging my words were ringing in my ear as to why this couldn’t happen when they challenged me to why it wasn’t online."

Anyways it has taken off. We sold a month’s worth of boards last week.

Thanks to the program for challenging our thinking." 

Mark Kelly, CEO, Global Surf Industries

Jason Chan, MyFirstGym - +61 411 171 601 

St Pauls Student Survey Results - view full report

Balgowlah Boys High Report

Paul Sheather, Principal

Andrew McGuire, HSIE Teacher

The Balgowlah Boys High program business owners, who very generously gave their time and thanks to The P&C for organising the participation of local business owners:

Robbie Scarll, Seaforth Physio and Sports Injury Centre - 0403 949 364

Harry McGuire, McKinsey.Org - 0435 182 192

Natalya Hansson, Winbourne Foods - 0403 806 339

Jo Moss and , Co-Founders, StarTime Studios - 0414 786 783

Enterprise in the Community is a 14-hour experiential learning program that can be delivered over multiple weeks, typically 8-weeks, or as a 2-day program.

Please contact SEVENmile to find out more.

Enterprise in the Community is delivered by SEVENmile Ltd and is © Copyright 2020-2021 

Greg Twemlow  and Mitchell Filby.

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