$20 Boss – Chocolicious Reflection

$20 Boss was one of the many options we could choose from for InnovatED 2021 (for Term 1 and 2). The main challenge of $20 Boss is to by yourself or in a group, start a successful business and make money, all with a $20 per person (in your group) loan, that must be paid back at the end of the project, with interest.

Creating the labels for packaging in preparation for selling.

The company I was a part of is called Chocolicious and is also run by Grace Simons and Nicole Zhang. We got the idea to call it Chocolicious after making our decision on selling rocky road. We that thought because the rocky road is mostly chocolate, to include that in the name, so we came up with Chocolicious. Then, we needed to decide on ingredients, we wanted to stay classic, but also use popular ingredients. So from that thinking, we came up with the current ingredients we are using now.

The morning market was quickly approaching, and we needed to meet up to make the rocky road, but we also realised that we needed to have all the packaging ready for the rocky road to go into, and used our class time efficiently to prepare the packaging, make labels, and cut labels. I was mostly designing and printing the logos, which took a while as they needed to be a perfect size.

A couple weeks before the market, we put our rocky road on presale, using tasters to persuade the customers. This ended up working, as from experience, I can say the rocky road tasted amazing. I may have had a few more than a couple, but it was definitely worth it. We ended up making $145 in presales in our business.

One of the multiple extremely positive feedback forms we received

On the actual day of the market, we made sure we were 100% prepared and ready. We did this by bringing our own brightly coloured table cloth, display crates, and many more things to make our stall more aesthetic. Compared to the other stalls, ours definitely stood out, as others used the school-provided black table cloth. We tried our best to communicate with customers at first, and we quickly improved our selling and communication skills, so we could actively talk to the customers, keeping them interested. This plus the actual product must have worked because we made a total of $MONEY in the market, and $MONEY altogether from the project. Meaning that we each got $MONEY.

Throughout the project, we used our capabilities to improve the product, our skills, and our teamwork. I think the capability we used the most was communication. We used this from the very start, all the way to the end, from deciding name, product etc, to communicating with customers, and each other as we reflect on our business. We also used resilience, as we needed to use this when printing didn’t go to plan, or when ingredients we wanted to use were to expensive. We bounced back and were resilient as we edited something to reprint, or found another alternative for the ingredient.

Overall, I heavily enjoyed $20 Boss, it was a great experience, strengthening my skills, and my relationships with my group members. I highly recommend it to anyone else thinking of trying it in year 8.

Mountain of Warmth 2020 – Semester 1 Service Councillor

In the early weeks of semester one in 2020, I applied for the position of ‘Semester One Year 7 Service Councillor’, and to my surprise, I received the role. I’ll be honest, when I applied for the role and turned up to the first meeting, I didn’t have much clue what the role would involve, all I knew is that I would be helping others, which was the reason I was interested. I’ve always been interested in the area of service, but I had never known where to start, but as soon as I heard about the role, and saw the application form, I knew I had to apply.

After attending the first meeting, I had more of an idea about what I would be doing in the role and became excited for the next meeting, and for the whole (project) ahead. However, we were then suddenly thrown into lockdown, which made the organization harder. When we had all settled into and gotten used to doing school online, we started holding our meetings over teams. It was a great way for us to check-in and discuss how we would alter it because the lockdown prevented us from doing it the original way we had wanted to.

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Luckily, it all worked out in the end.

As the day of the Mountain of Warmth approached, I could see the pile of warm clothes people were donating was getting bigger and bigger. It was a nice sight to see lots of people donating warm clothes they could no longer use. On the morning of the collection day, I got to school as early as I could, so I could assist in helping to move the wonderful and warm pile to the Chapel. Very soon, the service had started, and I watched as Reverend Helen blessed the clothes. When everyone had left, and the Salvation Army van turned up, we started to take the clothes, armful by armful, until they were all in the van. The van was almost completely full of the generosity of everyone at the school.

When we walked away, to go to period 1, I felt extremely happy about how it had turned out, and the large number of donations. As we were walking, I had a quick reflection on my time as a service councillor, because at that moment, my role had expired. As I remembered the fun I had, and the joy I felt from helping the wider community, I knew I had to try to get the role again in year 8. I’ll never forget this experience I had with service at All Saint’s College.

Project Utopia Reflection 2020 Year 7

A large part of the project was the United Nations Global Goals. One of the goals I learnt a lot about was Global Goal 9, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. Before this project, I looked at this Global Goal and had no clue what it meant, or what it covered. However, from the learning the accreditations provided, I learned a lot about what this, and many other accreditations are. I have learned that the Industry side of this global goal means the major businesses that support the economy, and the city/town, with an example being a port/harbour. Another thing I have learned about this goal is that the Innovation aspect of this goal means and promotes new and modernized solutions and additions and/or alterations of buildings, systems, etc. Overall, the accreditations of the global goals we needed to get as a part of this project helped me a lot to understand and learn lots of different information about different goals and learn what the goals are.

My group (left Sayuri, right William) and I on showcase night

Something that Project Utopia helped me a lot to improve on was my public speaking skills. Before Project Utopia, and especially before the showcase night, my public speaking skills were pretty much hopeless. I would struggle to be even slightly confident with what I was saying, this also applied when I was speaking in front of my peers. Through this project’s public peaking aspect, the main thing I learnt was what to do while speaking. This meant that while you were speaking to others, or others were speaking to you, too keep eye contact, and to try not to fidget. I used to be awful at keeping eye contact during conversations, which I found made them more awkward. The other big thing I learnt was to be confident, or if you weren’t, to at least sound it, during conversations, and especially to give yourself the confidence to maintain eye contact. From all the public speaking I was required to do as a part of this project during presentation night, I learnt a lot of valuable information that I will find useful in the near, and far future.

ASC Capabilities Wheel

During the duration of the project, I used many of the capabilities on the ASC Capabilities Wheel, though I used Resilience, Problem Solving and Effective Communication the most. I had used these capabilities multiple times in my life before this project had started, so I already knew quite a bit about them, but Project Utopia allowed me to extend my understanding and skill level of these capabilities. I was able to improve my resilience when my group and I found things tough, we powered through our problems, using and improving our communication skills while we were talking out what we would do to overcome this problem, before doing it. Problem solving also ties into resilience because when we found a problem or an obstacle that pushed us back, while we were being resilient about it, we problem solved to overcome this challenge, using our communication skills. I improved on my communication a lot in a way I hadn’t done before, I improved during the showcase night when I had to explain things to adults and visitors and come up with what I would say and answer with on the spot. Although I used pretty much all of the capabilities on the ASC Capabilities Wheel, I improved a lot on the resilience, problem solving and especially effective communication capabilities during this project.

Project Utopia was a very enjoyable project and one that has taught me a lot. The group I was in worked together very well, communicating effectively during and outside of the allocated sessions we were given to work on the project. My group also had even roles and input, so the workload ended up being close to equal. Overall, I think my Project Utopia group worked and collaborated effectively, and worked together efficiently to get the project complete. Although I if we were to do this project again, I wouldn’t change the group I was in, I would try to have more accreditations by spending more time on them outside of school while someone was working on the model. I would also change what we included and how we formatted the constitution, so instead of listing rules, rights, responsibilities, etc., I would change it so they were instead paragraphs containing what was listed so that the constitution would become and look more official, as well as less rushed.