On Friday our school ran an event combining both Multicultural Day and Business Day. The Year 11 Business Studies students and the younger accelerated Business Studies class have spent the past few weeks developing their business ideas, sourcing or designing their products and marketing their businesses. They have had posters around the school for the past couple of weeks and have been speaking about their businesses at the whole school assemblies. This has obviously involved a lot of organising, monitoring and guidance from the Business Studies teachers. The students set up their stalls in the period following recess. Most of them were located in the school hall, but several of them set up around the playground. Business ideas included some basic carnival-style games, but several of the groups had quite sophisticated and successful ideas. Interestingly the students who have quite well developed outside interests seemed to be involved in some of the most innovative businesses. One student who last year developed and launched his own computer game was in a group which developed a gaming arcade for students to trial mini games which they could then download. The students had developed the games themselves. Another group of students interested in DJing created their own CDs and T-Shirts. They quickly sold out of all their products.
Running at the same time as Business Day was Multicultural Day. Parents and student made food from a variety of different cultures. Food stalls were set up in the playground for students and teachers to purchase their lunch. A Japanese drumming group were hired to perform and students and teacher were invited to take part throughout lunch. A Taekwondo group did an exhibition involving several students who take Taekwondo for Wednesday sport. A group of students and a teacher also did a musical performance.