Principal’s Note – Challenge to think globally
The world of work requires us to be innovative thinkers. In schools therefore it is imperative that we create the right learning environment where students learn to be innovative thinkers. With a strong values base, these skills can be taught through project work, community networks, mentoring, and working in the global space. Several innovative programs are offered at St John’s and recently students, teachers and parents had the rare privilege in hearing a guest speaker, International Speaker and Social Entrepreneur, Paul Dunn.
Paul, a 3-times TEDx speaker and best-selling author challenged our community members to think about what it means to be an inspiring business. Focusing our attention on the Millennium Goals to eradicate poverty in the third world, Paul showed how businesses could give generously to this cause by making connections within teams, with customers and with the world in which we live. His Singaporean company B1G1 (Buy 1GIVE1) works with businesses all over the world encouraging them to be a business with the “WOW” factor.
Young business entrepreneur Robert Hruswicki, a St John’s student who has recently established his own on-line business in personalized mobile phone covers was certainly inspired when Paul offered to mentor his business to become a Buy1GIVE1 champion.
Many St John’s students go on to study in business related fields at university and TAFE and successfully establish careers or their own businesses. Old Collegians Awardees in 2013, Tony Nyguen and Siegmund Mitterstoger are fine and inspiring role models for our students as innovative thinkers who run inspiring businesses.
At St John’s our Balance Life Program for students in Year Seven to 10 helps to raise awareness of the needs of others, develops a culture of spirituality, and inspires a sense of empathy and responsibility towards all members of the community. It builds important relationships with the wider community.