19th November 2009
After weeks of planning, the entrepreneurs of Dr Challoner’s Grammar School took full advantage of a week laden with opportunities to exploit their talents. Year 10 students ran an ‘Enterprise Fair’ in their lunchtimes. Their business plans were presented to a team of ‘Dragons’, ready to be tested in the market place. Tuesday saw the launch of ‘The SUBWAY Challenge’. Groups of students aged 14 to 18 competed against each other to design and market a new nutritious Sub full of their favourite fillings. The groups were judged on their assessment of the target market, competitors, pricing and promotion. Amersham based entrepreneur Tesh Patel kindly judged the final pitches and the winning team will be given iPods and the chance to produce and sell their recipe at the Amersham branch for a day on 15th December.
Other events taking place during the week included Year 11 students participating in a competition run by The Institute of Chartered Accountants. They will be given a ‘virtual’ £50,000 to invest in a limited selection of products and asked to justify their choice. Also, 6th form students competed against teams from across the county in an Enterprise Challenge set by Bucks New University at their stunning new campus at High Wycombe.On the Year 11 Enterprise Day, students faced the challenge of raising the profile of Street Kids Direct, a local charity, and identifying ways in which they can increase their funding. Working with Bucks Education Business Partnership, they had to meet tight deadlines, make difficult decisions and negotiate.
Dr Fenton commented, 'Events such as those taking place during Enterprise Week are designed to help students take a proactive approach to their learning. They help develop initiative, collaboration and team building skills which are fundamental to their academic and social development. Additionally, students start to learn about some of the economic and ethical challenges that they will face as they leave school and move into the workplace.'