An innovative program initiated by the Victor Harbor High School has a new flavoured milk on the shelves at well known retail stores.
In 2018 Victor Harbor High School was invited to be a part of a program called 'Transforming Schools' working with renowned Entrepreneurial Learning specialist Professor Yong Zhao.
It was from this work that a group of four teachers, Jody Peterson, Lauren Dart, Ryan Shaughnessy and Jess Bhatia in collaboration with student voice berthed the idea of ELF - Entrepreneurial Learning for the Future.
This subject was offered to vertically grouped students from years 8-10, focussing on Design Thinking and entrepreneurship. Approximately 40 students worked on 'problems worth solving' using Solution Fluency, creating products and pitching their ideas.
Part of this specialised subject was a two-week intensive where the students were removed from their regular classes for two weeks and placed into a flexible learning environment where they could work 'in flow' on a single project.
Victor Harbor High school teacher Paul Loughhead said the project developed industry partnerships with Fleurieu Milk and Alexandrina Cheese where students had to create/innovate and pitch a new product to one of the companies.
"The two week intensive began with a visit to each business where students had a tour of facilities and could ask questions about how the company worked, their products and how they used innovation in product development," Mr Loughhead said.
One group, consisting of Lachie, Reece, John and Chase decided to pitch the idea of an iced mocha flavour to Fleurieu Milk.
"To get to this point the students had brainstormed ideas, conducted surveys and market research among their peers, viewed what competitors were offering, experimented with flavours until they nailed their formula, created packaging and marketed their product," he said.
"They also conducted a taste test with students in a market fair style event held at lunch time. When they pitched their idea to Fleurieu Milk one thing that stood out was they had considered the infrastructure and assets that the company already had - making it easy to implement this product into their inventory."
Fast forward to 2020 and Fleurieu Milk have introduced a Mocha to their range of flavoured milks.
"While they surveyed their consumers to see which flavour they would like to see in their range they acknowledge the influence that our students had in pitching this idea to them.
"Mocha is now widely available at retailers stocking Fleurieu Milk products including Foodland, On the Run and our school canteen," Mr Loughhead said.