Well! The DeLorean Project had quite a busy day!

Our Year 10 students finally jumped from the frying pan and into the fire as they presented their project ideas to our esteemed panel of ‘sharks’ in the inaugural Glasshouse Christian College/DeLorean Project ‘Shark Tank’ experience. Each group was to present a 5 minute pitch to the ‘sharks’ outlining their idea, complete with mock-ups, supporting evidence and an action plan.

The Shark Tank

The goal of the day was for the students to receive real-world feedback from industry and enterprise luminaries, including:

  • Darren Wallis (Global CEO, GJ Gardner)
  • Patrick Twomey (IFAA, General Manager – Client Services)
  • Justin Tye (Scripture Union – Head of Partnerships and Communication)
  • Wendy Jarrot-Smith (Formerly World Vision)

Each ‘shark’ also had the capacity to provide the students with some start-up funds, based on the quality of their presentation and the viability of their idea. Each group had the potential to walk away with $100 and a wealth of feedback. While all groups were successful in raising some funds; of the 19 groups, 12 received $50 or more, with 3 groups receiving $95 or better! This demonstrates the calibre of both the student ideas and the quality of their presentations.

The true testament of how these students are growing this year, has been evident in how they all responded to their time with the ‘sharks’. Granted, not all groups received the funds or feedback they had hoped for, and know now, that their projects still need work; both in terms of how they collaborate and the ideas they pursue. They all know that it is these tests that determine their success. How they rise from the fall and how they embrace the opportunity to start over with the wisdom they now have – these are the lessons that will not be forgotten. These are the reminders of how far they’ve come and these are hallmarks of genuine, authentic success.

In a day of success, we cannot forget our off-campus students who also had an amazing day. Over at USC, Keeley Thomas isolated a mite, as part of her collaboration on wombat mange and Dan Mitchell prepared PCR’s to look for chlamydia in fish.

All in all, a pretty good day!


Colleen Crase

Passionate about teaching English Communications, which focuses on engaging students who struggle in ‘main-stream’ subjects, Colleen brings to the team a wealth of experience with middle and senior school students and a real desire to make a difference in their learning.

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