Monteney Primary School
Fox Hill Primary School
Spring 2009 issue
Focus on Enterprise The focus of this newsletter is to share the work that is going on across the Yewlands ‘Family of Schools’ to develop the pupils’ entrepreneurial skills. The aim is to embed these skills within the curriculum in each school. At the centre of our programme we have identified 12 enterprise capabilities, which include creativity, effective communication, team work, risk management and financial literacy. These 12 enterprise capabilities represent the qualities that each young person will need to face their future with confidence. They are the life skills which will make our students stand out as they approach working life and help them to understand how their education links to the real world. It’s about giving young people more opportunities. It helps you think about the future and make the right choices in school. Enterprise can play a big part in our curriculum because we believe it helps develop skills that children will use throughout their lives. Instead of just learning from books or other second hand sources, they carry out real life projects, such as
Chocolate heaven ... thanks to one of theYewlands BiG enteprise teams – full story inside.
setting up their own businesses, organising events or giving presentations. In turn, these experiences give pupils more confidence. They learn to evaluate and take risks and to communicate well – all of which are skills for life.
Our enterprise vision is: n To establish a ladder of learning
opportunities for all children and young people aged 4-19, in collaboration with local employers n To establish and train an Enterprise Champion
in every school n To maximise initiatives which promote
n To embed enterprise skills into our ‘Family of
Schools’ n To engage employers and establish effective
education/business partnerships n To improve employment skills n To encourage more young entrepreneurs and
The key Enterprising Skills are highlighted around the edge of this page.
Enterprising Woolley Wood Woolley Wood has been involved in a number of enterprising initiatives since December. All the pupils were involved in making items for sale at our Christmas Fayre: decorations, crackers, cards etc. Those not sold were taken along to the Yewlands Christmas Fayre where further profit was made. It has now become more usual not to send Christmas greetings in the traditional way, but to buy some seasonal ‘goodies’ and one card wishing everyone all the best. In doing this there is both a saving on money and resources. Staff make a monetary donation to an agreed local charity. This year all money raised went to Sheffield Epilepsy.
Recycled cards All Christmas cards that were received into school were then recycled at Morrisons and Tesco, benefiting a number of charities including the Woodland Trust and the Salvation Army. In total 20 black sacks were filled and deposited – a fantastic response from parents.
We have been supporting work in Africa. Visitors to the school have left bearing a Charibag, of one sort or another. To date the Shopper has been the preferred design. The school also made up and sent off to Malawi 40 back packs. All the pupils at Woolley Wood were involved. It was a huge success. Families and staff were invited to bring in to school quality second hand items. A price for each item was agreed and a proportion of the sale went to the Ghana project.
Woolley Wood raised £60 for the school during Book Week. Over £200 was raised for Comic Relief. Pupils and staff dressed in ‘something funny’ and there were opportunities to throw wet sponges at the teacher, make ‘funny faced’ buns, feel something ‘funny for money’ and buy ‘Red Nose’ biscuits. The day culminated in a class karaoke. Woolley Wood is also looking to develop a profitable enterprise scheme that is meaningful, beneficial and accessible to the pupils as well as sustainable into the future.
Grenoside School enterprises... At Grenoside Community Primary School we have been very enterprising!
For the Christmas Fayre, we had a stall devoted to raising money for the Ghana Project. Miss Cann spent a lot of time organising children to lead the project which involved selling hundreds of buns made by children and staff in aid of the project. The stall made £110.
Fayre and sold on a stall there. The recipe books raised over £250.
Y6s also developed a recipe book which was sold both in aid of the Ghana project and also was taken by a group of Y6s to Yewlands Christmas
Some children in Y6 (pictured above) organised their own stall during school time to sell bric-a-brac and buns to raise money for the Ghana project.
More Enterprise at St Thomas! The children of St Thomas More Primary School, have been eagerly working on their enterprise projects based around the theme of Fairtrade. Both Key Stage one and two, held events during early March, and profits were donated to charity and will be used to fund future enterprise projects. Events included an art exhibition, fashion show, a performance based on ‘The Hungry Caterpillar Eats Fairtrade’ and a coffee afternoon.
The children participated in various activities in preparation for the events including: the decision making process of what event to hold, budgeting and choosing the most profitable venture, producing a company name, logo and slogan, as well as advertising and running the actual event.
“It was fun making the decisions” One child commented “It was fun making the decisions and trying to
make as much money as possible”! Staff at the school were thrilled with the support from parents and the enthusiasm shown by the children. Overall, the total raised exceeded £500. The school hope to nurture entrepreneurs of the future! Watch this space Richard Branson.
BiG: Make It Your Business BiG: Make It Your Business is a set of business support activities that aims to boost enterprise in Sheffield by helping more people to set up in business, support sustainable business growth and increase the success rate of locally owned businesses in the city.
Sheffield has been granted ÂŁ24 million from the government to support businesses. BiG is about bringing services out into the community, through Neighbourhood Enterprise Coaches and Intensive Business Support Workers. Its aim is to make enterprise accessible to everybody. BiG offers a range of free business services, one-to-one support and business support activities including:
n BiG business loans
n Business start up guidance
n Support for existing businesses
n Legal issues
n Franchise support
n Financial analysis
n Financial advice
n Business networking events
n Support with drawing up your
business plan n Business skills training n Advice on accessing specialist
equipment or skills n Help in finding the right premises
You will benefit from your own personal business coach and the programme also offers a Mentoring programme, which is also available for budding entrepreneurs in schools and colleges. The BiG Project has had a significant response from the local community creating over 250 new business starts so far since it started in September 2007. Anybody with a business idea, no matter how big or small, can contact BiG: Make it Your Business for advice and information. www.thebigwebsite.org.uk Free phone: 0800 043 55 22
Big Challenge Update Our Big Challenge Teams have continued to be very enterprising and have operated very successfully over the last three months.
Accessory Angels Accessory Angels (right) have been producing handmade jewellery using recycled products such as beads and buttons. The students had great fun making and selling their products within Yewlands and St Thomas More Primary School. Despite the current ’credit crunch‘ the team managed to sell over £70 of jewellery and ended up with a tidy profit of £56. Some of this money will be donated to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital. A big well done to all members of the team and thanks to Miss Needham who gave support and encouragement throughout.
Chox in a Box Sir Alan Sugar needs to watch his back because Chox in a Box is close on his heels. A group of eight Year 8 & 9 students have put in a sparkling performance over the last 3 months as part of the Big Challenge. The students debated what their business should be about and eventually decided on something everyone enjoys: Chocolate, not just any chocolate but handmade chocolates which would make even Thorntons envious. The students practised making their products, produced a marketing plan based on sales at Christmas, Valentines Day, Mothers Day and Easter and designed a website giving their customers information. On sales of almost £250 the team finished with an amazing net profit of £162 which will be split between Sheffield Children’s Hospital and the team members. Once again the students showed excellent entrepreneurial skills with support from Mrs Bullen, Mr Senior and Mr McKeown.
Card Whizz Our third Big Challenge team was called Card Whizz. This business consisted of two students who worked tirelessly to make and sell handmade Christmas and Birthday cards. The students put in a great amount of their own time during evenings and weekends and made some high quality cards. Despite stiff competition from other sources they managed to sell £30’s worth of cards. Well done to both team members.
Monteney enterprise Sales of Charibags have been a big event this term and we collected £310 from the sale of these. A group of Y5 and Y6 children are producing a school newspaper. There are children responsible for games, puzzles, sports news, weather, fashion and more within the paper as well as children who take charge of editing or the finances of the paper. In the next issue they have decided to give away raffle tickets and use some of the money made so far to provide prizes.
Recipe books With proceeds from sales of the recipe books it is hoped that the school will purchase items to enhance and develop the enterprise within school, such as a sewing machine or a badge-making machine. As part of our ‘Enterprise @ Monteney Project’ a small group of young ‘Dragons’ are designing, making, advertising and ultimately selling jewellery made from safety pins. The children so far have focused on the design and manufacturing aspects of the enterprise. In the coming weeks we will be looking at the promotion of their goods through print and online promotion. A ‘James Bond’ theme with its glamorous and sophisticated appeal has already been discussed as a possible marketing strategy. If you would like to see more of this project as it unfolds, go to: http://monteney.sheffield.sch.uk/ momoo/course/view.php?id=88
South Africa The idea to create the jewellery came from a visit by two of our teachers Miss Murray and Miss O’Connor to South Africa. Here they saw a range of jewellery and other gifts
such as photograph frames, badges, key rings etc that had been created using recycled materials and everyday objects. The money raised from selling these items then went back into the small businesses to help make them sustainable for the people in Africa. This is just the first step on the Enterprise journey at Monteney. We are hoping to make a huge success selling the jewellery (we already are taking orders from the staff in school!), and then hope to ‘roll out’ the idea of enterprise across the school later in the year, cumulating in an Enterprise week and a summer fayre. So keep your eyes open for some more creative and wonderful projects to come in the future.
Yewlands Christmas Fayre
design & print by pickards.org.uk
Foxhill business executives 30 Y5 students from Fox Hill worked on how to become the next innocent smoothie company! They looked at a range of possible businesses which they could run in school. After some stimulating discussion the students came up with several enterprising ideas, which included healthy food, stationery, and selling books.
Each group was then set the task to look at how they could actually operate these businesses in school looking at costings, location and starting to develop a marketing plan. “The children produced some excellent work during the session, they have great imagination and came up with some brilliant ideas.” Watch this space to see how they get on!
Year 7 students decided to focus on the business enterprise aspect of the event, and each team was given a budget. They had to plan, design and make their products. Their ideas included food and drink, Christmas decorations, Santa’s Grotto, penalty shootout, and once again primary schools were also invited to pitch a stall. The event raised a total of £675. I would like to extend a very big thank you to all involved for making the Christmas Fayre the most memorable yet.
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