Lionheart National Final

SDC14577On Friday, November 27th, a team of ten Year 11 students participated in the National Finals of a prestigious Business & Enterprise Challenge at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, Lancashire. The team were representing the school and area as Yorkshire Regional Champions having won this accolade back in October.

The event known as the Lionheart Challenge had seven other regional winners from all over England bidding to become National Champions by working on the challenge theme of "conceptualising, designing and creating a product or service that would be appropriate to help survival in extreme environments."

Read more: Lionheart National Final

Million Makers 2013

The Prince's Trust has a scheme called Million Makers where pupils form an enterprise team and raise as much funds as possible by a deadline.  At Salendine Nook High School we made it into an in-school competition between different teams of pupils, whereby the winning team were treated to a 'business class' meal out.  The meal was on Monday 15th July.  
 
Total funds raised by the 29 Year 8 pupils involved (they made up six teams) = £1300 by Tuesday 25th June.
 
The winning team (Team Dynamite) made over £400 through organising a concert at Lindley Liberal Club.  Another team (Team Ruby Millions) organised posh afternoon tea at The Black Bull, Lindley.  Another very successful team were Bazinga who ran a lot of stalls and a henna parlour.
 
Winning team members' names:
India Masih (team leader)
Paris Thomas
Kyra Rowe
Emma Cunningham
Maddie Armitage
Erin Armitage
Jessica Lodge

Team Ruby Millions:
Hollie Walsh
Ellie Robson
Eve Stead,
Emily Stead

The teams above were rewarded with prizes donated from the community, as were other outstanding individuals:  Georgia Marsden, Elliot Wood
 
The pupils signed up to be Million Makers at Easter time and attended the first of four sessions on enterprise on 23rd April.  The sessions involved generating ideas, decision making, budgeting, market research, delegation and presentation skills.  The school provided each team with a £10 investment, only after they had taken part in a Dragon's Den activity where they had to convince senior management at the school they were worth investing in.  Most teams made it through first time around, whereas others had to re think and come back.  
 
After these sessions, pupils were let loose to make as much as they could.  The whole idea behind this scheme, aside from helping the charity, is to encourage independence with the pupils, to give them a free rein.  Basically they were allowed to do whatever they wanted as long as they could justify if would make money and be safe.  Wednesday 26th June was the final deadline.  Pupils had to secure venues, sell tickets, run stalls and organise entertainment all by themselves.  

The Prince’s Trust have put the school as an example on their website for other schools doing Million Makers.  The article will be up there shortly.

The school would like to thank all the businesses in Marsh, Lindley and Salendine Nook for donating many of the raffle prizes and vouchers, especially Sainsbury’s.    

All pupils involved showed lots of enthusiasm and said they really enjoyed being left to do something without being told what to do.  They were competitive and hard working.  They realised the importance of taking on board other people’s points of view and not leaving things until the last minute.  

Funds have gone towards the West Yorkshire branch of the Trust.
Information about the Trust
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