Business Challenge Anyone?

WINNERS: St Mary’s team presenting their winning eco-friendly disco ball!

 

Overview of the Challenge

The Covent Garden Primary School Challenge is a business enterprise competition sponsored by Covent Garden Capco and run by the Ursuline High School in partnership with local Merton primary schools. Ordinarily this entails our year 12s learning about business and how to pitch a business idea and then working with a group of year 5s who come into the school to spend a day with us. The year 12s support the year 5s who design a produce and at the end of the day present to the judges in the hope of winning a place at the Final which is hosted by our Sponsors in Covent Garden. 

The Approach for 2020

This year we had to approach the Challenge differently as we could not invite the year 5s to join us here at school. Instead the year 12s prepared a voiced powerpoint explaining the project, a film about it and an example presentation.  The primary schools then ran the challenge in their own schools and filmed their top two entries for the semi-final.  This had the benefit of far more students being able to take part than normal- we would ordinarily have 72 year 5s involved in the project but this year 360 year 5s were able to take part. The films were then sent to the judges who deliberated over a long TEAMs meeting about which teams should make the top 4 going through to the Final. The judges said they liked being able to have a longer time to think about each product and how the teams had met the Challenge.      

The Purpose of the Challenge

The purpose of the Challenge is to help both the year 5s and year 12 students develop their understanding of business and to have an opportunity to learn skills to help them in business. The skills it aims to develop are: creativity, communication, decision-making, team working, confidence, leadership, organisation and presentation.

This Year’s Challenge and the Results

The primary schools involved were Sacred Heart, St John Fisher, St Mary’s, Ss Peter and Paul, St Teresa’s and St Thomas of Canterbury.  This year’s judges were Bean Hobday (Alumna and previous Marketing Director at Mars), Kate Vaughan-Neil (Alumna and Barrister at 4 Pump Court) and Shelene Brown (Head of Faculty and Business and Economics teacher at UHS).  

The students also helped decide the top four by voting at the “popcorn screening” of the year 5 entries after which they voted and gave feedback.  Their vote was added to the votes of the main judges.  The overall winner was St Mary’s school who designed an eco-friendly disco ball.  Capco are kindly giving gift vouchers to the winning team.  Our congratulations to St Mary’s! And a big thank you to Covent GardenCapco for sponsoring the day!

 Sacred Heart explaining profit and loss

Sacred Heart explaining profit and loss

 

Ss Peter and Paul showing their advertising poster

Ss Peter and Paul showing their advertising poster

 

St John Fisher explaining their futuristic backpack

St John Fisher explaining their futuristic backpack

 

St Thomas of Canterbury explaining the USP of their eco phone cases

St Thomas of Canterbury explaining the USP of their eco phone cases

 

St Teresas snowball shooter telling us about their Snowball Shooter

St Teresa’s telling us about their Snowball Shooter!

 

Feedback from the challenge

The year 12 students and the year 5 students and their teachers were asked for feedback on the Challenge.  We asked both about how much they enjoyed it and also what they learnt from it. 

This is what some of the year 5s said:

"I enjoyed making the videos and the responsibilities of creating our own business and the skills we’ll need when making our own business in the future."

"I enjoyed creating our product and making the poster."

"It was something new, fun and experimental that we've never done before and we learnt how to work in teams as well as learning about aspects such as marketing (which we may want to do in the future!)"

"I enjoyed working in a team and being creative! I really liked working on different bits but together I loved inventing something new!"

 

Year 12 comments on what the best part of the challenge was included:

"Being able to make this possible for the y5s. it was a great experience as we all got to contribute and make the experience more enjoyable for the children."

"I enjoyed editing the presentation and recording the voices , being involved with the younger years to work in a great project."

I really liked learning something new, meeting new people and helping others."

 

Teacher comments included:

"I think the best part was seeing the children work together as a team and learn to accept decisions that are being made even if they aren’t the ones they wanted."

"The best part for me was working with the class to help develop their products and skills."

"Allowing the children to make their own decisions when choosing and presenting their product."

"Allowing pupils to run wild with their imagination and focus on their product from a business perspective. The team work allowed pupils to work together and encourage each other. This allowed pupils to grow in confidence as their ideas grew!"

"I think the best part was seeing the children work together as a team and learn to accept decisions that are being made even if they aren’t the ones they wanted."

The top three skills learnt by the year 5s in the Challenge were:

Confidence

Creativity

Teamwork

 

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