Year 8 pupils have thoroughly enjoyed a week of events that has challenged them both physically and mentally and they were still smiling and full of joy at the end of the week.
On Monday, Young Enterprise visited our school. The team were all volunteers and they worked alongside our pupils to help them make informed decisions about their future. The ‘Learn to Earn’ programme aimed to empower our students to take ownership of their choices, think about their career options and the qualifications they need to pursue them. Through individual and group activities, the pupils explored what success meant to them, how it would connect to their future lifestyles and how it would influence the choices they would make. Pupils were enlightened about personal finance such as salaries, budgeting and the cost of living to help them with career and life planning.
Tuesday, we enjoyed a visit from guest entrepreneur Scott Saunders from the Apprentice 2015. Scott is the CEO and Founder of Payroll-Supermarket.com and was the first apprentice to announce ‘I quit’ to Sir Alan Sugar. His presentation was very inspirational to the pupils and frequently there was a sea of hands to ask questions. One pupil said ‘his presentation has inspired me to work harder’ which was a pleasure to hear. The pupils coaxed Mr Saunders to play football during break time and sign their planners. The excitement increased as we moved on to team building activities late morning which involved blindfolding pupils and team mates guiding them in to an imaginary ‘pen’ and holding hands in a circle and passing a hula hoop around the circle without letting go of each other’s hands.
In the afternoon, ‘You’re in Business’ commenced. Pupils took part in classroom based activities that gave them an understanding of what enterprise is, brainstorming their business ideas, how to market their business, how to design eye catching advertising, how to sell, the importance of getting the numbers right (finance) and learning how to work as a team.
The pupils’ ideas, creativity and passion for Business Enterprise was overwhelming; the 2016/17 Business Enterprise companies are:
|Diamonitize||Personalising gifts with glitz||Cookie Cup Co-operated||CCC replaces bake off – cookie cups filled with fruit delights|
|Fifa Funside||Putting the fun into gaming||Tyre Shake||Winter tyre checks with a shake (fudge milkshakes)|
|Chewriffic||All things nice to rocky road and brownies||Smookies||Put the smooth into smoothies and the choc into cookies|
|Diamamite||Personalising pencils / glitzy bakes||Flappy Bookmarks||Personalised bookmarks and fruity flapjacks|
|Milky Moon||All-star flavoured milkshakes||Pokechew||Pokemon bakes|
|Mr Shiny||Keeping it clean – car washing||Outburst||Dance away at disco nights and for the sporty, football tournaments|
|Smores & More||A campfire treat and more||ATEEE||Cakes to ATEEE|
|Inside and Out||Shake it all about – interior car cleaning||Everything Awesome||Awesome delights|
|Peculiar Popcorn||Its flavoured popcorn time||Floonie Bakes||Put the flap into jack and oo into cookies|
On Wednesday, the pupils showed off their marketing skills putting together posters and business cards, completing market research to investigate whether their idea had the prospect of being a success and built on their confidence to create a presentation fit for a ‘Dragon’.
Thursday saw the return of “Dragons Den” and all Year 8 pupils managed to secure financial investment from our grueling dragons. Despite the harsh questioning and nerve-wracking process, the Year 8 pupils pitched ‘in the den’ with confidence and held their own when responding to some tough questions on the financial side of their business plans. Many of the dragons walked away having sampled the pupils’ culinary delights and started their Christmas shopping by purchasing some of the gifts!
On Friday, after an exhausting yet rewarding week, the pupils enjoyed a visit to Herts Young Mariners Base in Cheshunt. The pupils took part in a multi activity day including Bell Boating, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding and Raft Building. By all accounts, they had a fabulous day out but homemade rafts will not be on sale this year! The pupils returned with words of thanks and ‘we have had a brilliant week’ which made our smiles widen even further.
Now it is over to the Year 8’s to start trading their way to a reward trip which will take place in May 2017. Will it be a trip to a theme park or maybe racing around in go karts or will fund raising only stretch to putting your dancing shoes on at a school disco? Year 8, it’s over to you! Trading commences Monday 3rd October for 22 weeks.
We would like to express our thanks to ‘The Dragons’ who were Ian Kite, CEO, Bedfordshire East Schools Trust Ltd and Dale Smith, Director, GL Smith & Sons and one of our parent governors. Scott Saunders, CEO and founder of www.payroll-supermarket.com and Jo Meeks and team from Young Enterprise for bringing what we can describe as an extremely enjoyable week to Ralph Sadleir School.
These projects could not take place in school without parental support. Thank you for all the voluntary contributions we have received and your support. We hope you will enjoy some of the produce and services over the coming months.
Thank you all for your time and expertise during our Business Enterprise Week.
Miss Devine Mrs Hurren
Business Manager Business Administrator