Learning & Innovation Update

Nov 1st 2019


Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day

On Friday 18 October the School held our annual Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day. The day kicked off with a Networking Breakfast, attended by members of the local business community and start up scene. This year the breakfast played host to the People’s Choice section of the Junior Innovation Challenge, which saw attendees voting for their favourite product using invest-o-bucks. The four finalist teams were excellent, answering a range of questions from our guests.


After breakfast our Conrad Spirit of Innovation finalists practiced their live pitches in front of guest entrepreneur Navdeep Pasricha. These student teams delivered their 5 minute power pitches and received feedback as part of their lead up to the National Finals in Brisbane.


Navdeep then delivered his keynote presentation titled ‘How to Hack the Career Market’ to the assembled Middle and Senior schools. Navdeep described his journey with entrepreneurship and introduced his ‘.com’ framework to students. The keynote was well received by students, with a large number of students staying afterwards to continue talking with Navdeep.


After morning tea the finalists in the Junior Innovation Challenge gave their live pitches to a panel of judges before the day concluded with the judging of the 2019 Cardboard Challenge: Emergency Response and Rescue. The entries in the Cardboard Challenge were excellent, with Navdeep commenting on the high degree of creativity, especially the stories that went along with the creations.


Congratulations to all student teams who participated in this year’s challenges.




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Prep - Year 4 Cardboard Challenge Winners

  • Charlotte Hughes, Ava Schultz and Peita Artup
  • Emily McConnel, Juno Booyse and Evelyn Ferguson



Junior Innovation Challenge

  • Finalists and Best Pitch Award: Anneliese Taylor and Cianna Mergard
  • Finalists and Best Innovation Award: Abbie Cook and Libby Graham
  • FInalists and People’s Choice Award: Poppy Derbyshire, Danielle Robert and Jasmine Cook
  • Finalists: Jack Cayley, Benjamin Teasdale, Charlie Ellem and Christian Jackson


CQUniversity - Future of Agriculture 


Lewis Drake, Justice Rockloff, Aanya Kosgallana and Blake Hupalo. 


St Luke's Bundaberg and Bundaberg Christian College students have had an eye-opening glimpse into the future of agriculture.

As part of a program with CQUniversity Australia, the students looked at how the internet can enhance the way we farm.

Dr Chengyuan (Stephen) Xu of CQUniversity - Bundaberg explained that the project shared best-practice and new approaches to agriculture technologies.

“The agriculture industry is changing, and it will continue to evolve with the advancement of technological practices,” Dr Xu said.

“We are working to increase Bundaberg community engagement in scientific activities and participation in STEM subjects and this collaboration was a perfect way to do so.”

Click here for the 'Students Grow Change' NewsMail story.



Matthew Hughes

Head of Learning & Innovation

St Luke's Anglican School

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