Covent Garden Challenge

On Friday 15th November we hosted 6 Merton primary schools for our annual Covent Garden Challenge (Sacred Heart, St John Fisher, St Mary’s, SS Peter and Paul, St Teresa’s and St Thomas’). Year 12 students tested their leadership skills by taking on the role of co-ordinating small groups of Year 5 students in order to come up with a innovate new product for the Covent Garden Apple Market in a fantastic opportunity designed for younger children to work on their enterprise, creativity and problem solving skills.

Students then presented their ideas in front of their peers and a panel of judges; Bean Hobday (Alumna and previous Marketing Director Mars), Sheena Shepherd (alumna and global trainer at Thomson Reuters) and Niall Campbell (Head of Faculty and Business and Economics teacher at UHS).

Congratulations to the two teams from Scared Heart and a team each from St John Fisher and St Thomas’ schools who will be competing in the final with their respective sixth form leaders on Wednesday 20th November in Covent Garden.

Many thanks to the primary schools for taking part and our judges for taking time out of their busy schedules to attend this event.


Feedback from the Year 5s included (spellings as they wrote them):

 “The skill that I developed was confidence because it helped me step up..”

“I learned to always have confidence..”

“I learned to be brave..”

“I developed more teamwork and happyness..”

“I learnt how to work with the boys..”

“I developed a ton of team work..”

“I learned how to manage standing on stage..”

I most enjoyed –“evrythink..”

“How I got to do a activity with six formers..”

“Having fun with my friends and Becky and Jacqui..”


Feedback from Primary School teachers on the Year 12 helpers included;

“The Year 12 team did a fantastic job!”

“Great patience..”

“Great leaders, giving the children confidence and helping with their ideas..”

"Friendly, professional, welcoming, always smiling, a credit to the Ursuline..”

“Students were very friendly, supportive and engaged with the groups. They offered direction and advice and kept students on track..”

Thought for the Week
God will give you the necessary strength, provided you do what you can.
Prologue to the Counsels/16