Terrigal High School (THS) has commenced planning for its upcoming Nextgen Business Challenge.
The challenge is a flagship program of Illuminate Education Australia and provides high school students with an authentic entrepreneurial environment for them to activate the confidence, creativity and capability to reach their full potential through solving problems in their community.
THS has held a challenge for its Year 10 cohort for the past three years with students interested in participating in 2020 able to do so online to comply with current COVID-19 restrictions.
“All students will learn the basics of starting their own business and they will be required to develop a business idea aligned to a theme.
“In teams, they will be required to produce real world business documents, including business plans, financial forecasts, idea pitches and marketing collateral and they will also be involved in a number of smaller, fun and very useful challenges along the way.
“Deadlines will have to be met and points awarded to teams for each submission and challenge.
“Expert support will be provided throughout, while content is taught and assessed by business and community leaders who have agreed to donate their time to mentor our students, albeit, via Zoom due to the Covid restrictions on school visitation,” said THS HSIE Teacher, Dale Massie.
“Not only will students learn about important entrepreneurial and business skills, they will also learn more about useful life skills including stress and team management, independent learning, budgeting, planning and time management/prioritisation, meeting deadlines, innovative and creative thinking and public speaking.
“This challenge and the skills that will be developed throughout the week, should have a lasting impact on students, not only for Year 11 and Year 12, but also post-school education and for their working lives,” Massie added.
The Challenge will run at THS from November 23-27.
Parents and guardians are encouraged to ensure that their child attends all five days should they participate in the event.
Newsletter, Aug 21
Tania Turik, Terrigal High School