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.
During the period before lunch, all junior classes (and a few seniors) attended the "day" which ran much like a school fete. At lunch time all students were involved in the day. As well as it tying in perfectly with Geography, Commerce and Business Studies themes in HSIE, it was a great opportunity to see the school come together as a community. One of our CAPA/Languages teachers did the majority of the organisation for the Multicultural Day, but it was amazing to see the contributions from a range of faculties and subjects such as ESL, Music and TAS. It was also a great opportunity for the students to show leadership and really showcase another part of their communities and themselves. Students were very excited when staff chose the food that they had brought in from home or had made themselves in the Trade Training Centre. I was not involved in the organisation of the day's events but witnessed the hard work of my fellow teachers who did an amazing job. Coincidentally, in Year 9 Geography we have been doing Multicultural Communities so the day was perfectly timed.
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