Start- Up the sub­ject

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TONY RAGGATT

A CATHOLIC school in Townsville is pi­o­neer­ing teach­ing in busi­ness and en­trepreneurism with the launch of a sub­ject called The StartUp.

The course by St Pa­trick’s Col­lege will aim to pro­vide stu­dents with the skills they need to man­age projects and de­velop prob­lem solv­ing for phil­an­thropic en­deav­ours.

The col­lege’s prin­ci­pal, Paulina Sk­er­man, said the pro­gram was about try­ing to pre­pare stu­dents for a rapidly chang­ing world as well as de­velop young en­trepreneurs driven by the de­sire to make the world a bet­ter place.

“The Start- Up will pro­vide the stu­dents with an in­ten­sive pro­gram of skill de­vel­op­ment over two years, in­clud­ing con­tri­bu­tion from in­dus­try,” Ms Sk­er­man said.

“It is an in­no­va­tive way of us­ing ed­u­ca­tion and in­dus­try to cre­ate a spe­cific skill set that will re­sult in mar­ket- ready so­lu­tions for re­al­world needs.

“We are about pre­par­ing our girls for the real world, giv­ing them the skills to live ful­filled, pur­pose­ful lives of mercy and ac­tion.”

Stu­dents will be re­quired to re­search and iden­tify a need and cre­ate a strate­gic busi­ness so­lu­tion.

At the end of the two years, stu­dents will present their com­mer­cial project to a panel.

Guest pre­sen­ters from in­dus­try will work with the stu­dents through­out the pro­gram.

“It will de­velop skills such as col­lab­o­ra­tion, crit­i­cal think­ing, time man­age­ment and a strong work ethic,” Ms Sk­er­man said.

“It will also draw upon per­sonal val­ues in­clud­ing em­pa­thy, com- pas­sion, op­ti­mism and a de­sire to make the world a bet­ter place through en­trepreneurism.”

The elec­tive sub­ject will com­mence in 2018 for 10 girls in Year 9 and will run for two years.

The course will draw on ar­eas in­clud­ing sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, math­e­mat­ics, phi­los­o­phy, philanthropy, en­trepreneur­ship, busi­ness and de­sign­think­ing.

BE­ING PRE­PARED: St Pa­trick's prin­ci­pal Paulina Sk­er­man with Grade 8 stu­dents Is­abella Peachey, 14, and Sarah Mosch, 13.

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