Riverside Girls High School

Riverside Girls High School shares how they embed entrepreneurship and innovation through quality learning and teaching.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Riverside Girls High School

Location: Huntleys Point Rd, Gladesville

Level: Secondary School, Year 7 to Year 12

Enrolment: 907 students

The journey

Riverside Girls High School is a comprehensive public girls school which is located on the banks of the Parramatta River. They strive to enable young women to become creators who will positively shape their world by using the skills and strengths developed as active learners and as caring citizens.

Their purpose is to challenge young women, so they are prepared to forge their own futures in a world that is changing dramatically yet full of opportunity for creative and critical thinkers.

Riverside Girls' High School saw that it was imperative to engage their students by requiring them to be active in the learning process. STEM was the disruptor that allowed them to embrace change.

Major IT companies were employing design thinking and the international agenda was indicating jobs of the future were unknown. They needed to future proof their students and entrepreneurship offered an opportunity to build a skill set for the future and allow students to see that they can be agents of change.

Their transformative leadership approach developed a common vision to change and support learning in our ICT classroom. Assessing the impact on students focused on their entrepreneurial skillset, their ability to self-regulate, self-teach, and have self-efficacy.

Teachers were supported through targeted professional learning workshops, ongoing regular professional dialogue as well as co-teaching experiences to build capacity to deliver.

Evaluation of the program has indicated that more professional learning around learning intentions, success criteria, and building learning dispositions is required as well as how to move to a facilitation/evaluator role in the classroom.

Contact details

Lisa Wark, Deputy Principal (rel.) / Head Teacher Technology and Applied Studies Lisa.wark@det.nsw.edu.au


To access a visual representation of this journey, download the Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Riverside Girls High School infographic (PDF 45KB).

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