30 April 2024 Jamie Meyer

Welcome aboard NSW Young Entrepreneurs!

As a proud grant recipient of the Department of Education’s Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund, ACRE is delivering Social Enterprise Schools to twenty NSW public schools in 2024.

The schools successfully gained a fully funded placement, managed through an expression of interest process run over eight weeks, chosen from 35 schools from across the State who nominated. We sincerely thank all schools for nominating and supporting the expression of interest process.  

A huge welcome to the successful schools across NSW including primary, secondary, central schools and schools for special purpose:  

  • Ajuga School  
  • Boggabilla Central School  
  • Bourke Public School  
  • Busby Public School  
  • Campbell House School  
  • Canobolas Rural Technology High School  
  • Glenfield Park School  
  • Gravesend Public School    
  • Croppa Creek Public School  
  • James Fallon High School  
  • Kempsey High School  
  • Lake Cargelligo Central School   
  • Liverpool Boys High School  
  • Melville High School  
  • Narooma High School  
  • Orange High School  
  • Toomelah Public School  
  • Berinba Public School   
  • Bowning Public School  
  • Empire Vale Public School 
  • And to the STEM Coastal Academy coordinating Social Enterprise Schools with their partner schools. 

ACRE Coordinator and Facilitator for NSW Schools Rebecca Iliffe said she was delighted by the level of interest from schools. “To see the leadership, interest and commitment across the State by teachers and the executive to bring something new for the benefit of their students and their communities is generous and exciting.” Rebecca said. 

Why Social Enterprise Schools? Because it is evolving and tackles head on challenges young people are keen to address. It is achievable to implement in school irrespective of age and inclusive of student’s whole life and experiences. It is an authentic and hands-on process where students collaborate to create a positive social or environmental impact important to them. And in doing so, students help develop their mindsets, skills and behaviours as creators, enablers and leaders showcasing their enterprising, responsible and resilient selves.  

Participating schools receive access and all resources to deliver Social Enterprise Schools (online and face to face), participate in professional learning, have two in-school incursions to support their learners and receive support and assistance throughout the year. The schools are connected with other Social Enterprise Schools and a global community of practice. The program is supported with monitoring and evaluation including a short pre and post student survey and their journeys are documented.  

With our teaching team professional learning workshop now complete, we are now preparing to visit classrooms and are looking forward to meeting the student social entrepreneurs across NSW. We look forward to keeping you updated throughout the year. 

Find out more about our learning and development programs for young people here.