Les­son in in­no­va­tion at Ap­ple­cross SHS

Melville Times - - Street Watch -

WESTERN Aus­tralia’s “next big thing” could be from Ap­ple­cross Se­nior High School af­ter the school signed on to take part in a pi­lot pro­gram that teaches in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship to sec­ondary stu­dents.

Launched this year, In­no­va­tion In­sti­tute is the brain­child of teacher and Boor­a­goon res­i­dent Paul Litwin.

Mr Litwin was a ca­reers coun­sel­lor at Perth Col­lege un­til the end of 2016 when he de­cided to leave in favour of rec­ti­fy­ing what he views as a ma­jor omis­sion in the cur­rent high school cur­ricu­lum.

“Last year I did some work on a pro­gram called $20 Boss, which was de­vel­oped by the Foun­da­tion of Young Aus­tralians and in­tro­duces stu­dents to run­ning their own busi­ness,” he said.

“Dur­ing the pro­gram it re­ally dawned on me that a lot of stu­dents were lack­ing in those sorts of skills – not just in­no­va­tion but the abil­ity to think out­side of the box.”

Mr Litwin said the cur­rent WA econ­omy was cry­ing out for new ideas and di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion and that through the In­no­va­tion In­sti­tute he hoped to help stu­dents take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­ni­ties on of­fer.

Four schools, in­clud­ing Ap­ple­cross Se­nior High School, have signed up to the pro­gram for years 7 to 10 stu­dents that will run dur­ing terms two and three this year.

In­no­va­tion In­sti­tute is look­ing for in­dus­try and busi­ness part­ners to be pro­gram men­tors.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to ap­ply, email Mr Litwin at plitwin@big­pond.com.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d466974

Paul Litwin with Ap­ple­cross Se­nior High School Year 10 stu­dent Bai­ley Bishop.

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