As part of the All Saints’ College curriculum, there is a major focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Students are encouraged and supported to think creatively and come up with innovative solutions to real-world problems.
Over the course of the year, with support and mentorship from Acting Director of Senior School (Teaching & Learning) Mr Jim Shackleton, two College students have excelled in their entrepreneurship skills, so much so that they were invited to attend the inaugural Young Entrepreneurs Showcase.
Held in early December, the inaugural Young Entrepreneurs Showcase (YES) took place as part of the Innovation Showcase and West Tech Fest. This provided a unique opportunity for 60 high school entrepreneurs from Western Australia to promote, showcase and pitch their startups to the business community, investors and to the public.
Thomas Haynes (Year 10) presented a machine prototype that he has developed with his father that shreds recycled plastic and turns it into 3D printer filament. Thomas’s project is an exemplary example of a student seeing a real-world issue, such as the excess and unsustainability of plastic, and with support from the College, being able to create a real-world solution. His innovative approach has created an impressive outcome, that has the potential to affect real change in the world.
Olivia Renton (Year 6) was the second representative of the College. Olivia presented her hand-made jewellery business, ‘Olivia’s Little Creations’. A great deal of leadership, perseverance and creative-thinking skills were needed to bring her ideas to life, and the Showcase gave her the opportunity to use mathematical and customer service skills to then sell and pitch her products to an audience.
Thomas and Olivia were exceptional in their maturity and ability to discuss their business ideas to the business community, investors and the public, acting beyond their ages.
Both students also met with Stephen Dawson, Minister for Innovation, and Basil Zempilas, Lord Mayor for the City of Perth.
The showcase was an impressive achievement and just a sneak peek of the bright futures ahead of these students.