Rob Steffler’s DeLorean Dream has had a VERY big week. Beginning with DeLorean Mobile Coffee (DMC) serving splendid coffee to the P-2 parents at the Primary Athletics Carnival before the holiday. As their maiden voyage, the DMC put their barista and customer service skills to the test, in the first of three College athletics events. These courageous students tackled the challenge of workflow, service and quality product and received glowing feedback from their customers. The feedback given to the students after the P-2 event from the parents was hugely positive and constructive and we are so thankful for all of the parents who took the time to do this. Moving into Term 3 with the Yr 3-6 Carnival, the DMC team were able to put the feedback into action, with a reviewed workflow and focus. This, flowing into the Secondary Carnival the next day, gave the students an authentic, autonomous experience that will see them grow from strength to strength.
And while the DMC were busy making coffee, the DeLorean Facilitators and eleven students, representing no fewer than six projects, ventured to the Apple Distinguished Schools Conference on the Gold Coast. While we knew that what we were doing and what our students were producing was good, we had no idea how amazed the Apple Distinguished School community would be. Our students were the belles of the ball and enchanted the delegates from all over Australia, Singapore, New Zealand and Malaysia. To witness our young people publicly engage with other educators and share their ideas not because they had to, but because they genuinely wanted to, was inspiring. They were articulate, they were confident, and many of them spoke passionately about their projects. To watch the faces of delegates as they listened to our students and what they are doing was priceless. Delegates walked away to speak to other teachers, pointing back to the DeLorean students, saying “You have to go see this!”
Glasshouse Christian College is the only school on the Sunshine Coast that is an Apple Distinguished School, one of only eight in Queensland and one of fifty-four in Australia. In such esteemed company, it was wonderful to see our students succeed so emphatically and to garner such industry praise is a credit to Mr Curtis and the College Board who have supported and encouraged the DeLorean Project from day 1. Of course, we must acknowledge our DeLorean Dreamer – Mr Rob Steffler, for bringing to light a transformative learning opportunity for our students, that few educators have the privilege of being part of.