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Journey summary

Strategic use of instructional leadership, collaborative practice, partnerships with industry and universities, cooperation of parents led to introduction of a entrepreneurial mindset in our Stage 4 ICT program.

Journey focus area

  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Empowering students through agency and voice
  • Empowering students as leaders in their community
  • Building adaptability and resilience
  • Young people can be agents of change
  • Divergent, emergent and convergent thinking is a key focus, the essence of the processes involved

Timeline and milestones

2016 milestones
  • Developed a working partnership with, The Hatchery, University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
  • Year 8 student facilitators trained at The Hatchery, UTS in Design Thinking.
  • Bootcamp to launch design thinking principles conducted with Stage 4.
  • Stanford model of design thinking implemented following whole staff professional learning.
  • A team from the Atlassian Foundation facilitated a Year 10 bootcamp to develop students’ social enterprise ideas.
  • Parent bootcamp with assistance from Year 8 facilitators.
  • Participated in the co-designing of STEAMpunk girls at The Hatchery UTS.
2017 milestones
  • Presented program at our Lane Cove River Alliance professional learning day.
  • City-country schools alliance established.
  • Consolidation of teachers' skills through professional learning.
2018 milestones
  • Growth mindset learning focus
  • Learning dispositions professional learning
  • Learning dispositions for our school context developed
  • Commenced implementation of building learning power
    Professional learning to implement learning intentions, learning purpose and success criteria
  • Presented at Entente Cordiale STEM conference
  • Presented with UTS at STEM conference, Sydney and EduTech Asia, Singapore regarding our connections to STEAMpunk girls and its impact on entrepreneurship at Riverside.
  • Wee Waa high school travelled to RGHS to participate in Young Change Agents, social enterprise program.
  • Collaborated with parent community around learning dispositions they perceived as most important for students at RGHS.
  • Renamed ICT course  to Innovation, Collaboration and Technologies

Positive impact

  • Age category finalists in the Australian information industry association awards for Year 7's “Find My Pet”.
  • Sharing our Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program at EduTEch Asia.
  • Majority of students have responded well to being able to select a project of interest and work collaboratively with peers.
  • Strengthened our connections with our city/country alliance school Wee Waa and our partnerships with industry and UTS.


  • Ambiguity
  • Challenge
  • Confusion
  • Excitement
  • Cynicism
  • Gratitude
  • Joy
  • Loss
  • Adulation / praise
  • Comradery
  • Isolation
  • Doubt
  • Conviction
  • Criticism

Main challenges and solutions

Challenge: Teachers changing their focus in the classroom from teacher directed to a more collaborative structure.


  • Teachers becoming facilitators and coaches in the classroom.
  • Students embracing their own learning, showing self-regulation, self-efficacy and independence and self-teaching.
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