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Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Pupils in Year 9 were given two days off their usual timetable this week. While half the year group went on the annual trip to Ambleside, the other half took part in a Business Enterprise Day; the groups then switched activities the next day, allowing all of the girls to experience both activities.
The Business Enterprise Day began with a talk from Old Girl Karen Diggle, an entrepreneur who is now Managing Director of Chamberlain Doors. She introduced the girls to the world of business and gave them an insight into some of the terminology they would come across, from commodity products to profit and loss. She also asked the girls to name any entrepreneurs they knew of, with one group even naming Ms Diggle’s favourite: Lord Leverhulme.
After this motivational opening, the girls were split into teams and given a task to work on for the day. They each had to produce a tender to host a dinner for one of the final eight teams from the 2014 FIFA World Cup!
The teams were given a specific country to use as their inspiration. They appointed a managing director, creative directors, marketing assistants, a finance director and catering consultant, with each one responsible for a different aspect of the tender. The girls planned their menus, wine lists, letters of invitation, and table decorations before creating physical copies using their IT and craft skills. Some even went above and beyond the brief to provide musical entertainment and business cards! With a budget of just £1,800 – which had to include their profits – they had a real challenge on their hands to create an interesting dinner party!
With the morning spent planning, the afternoon saw Brazil, Columbia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Belgium, and Costa Rica go head-to-head once again – but in a very different setting to the World Cup matches!
The teams presented their works to their peers with an accompanying slideshow, and four teams were chosen as finalists before a winner was ultimately announced. On Tuesday the winners were the Columbia team, while on Wednesday the France team was successful with their tender.
Girls’ Division teacher Miss Pealing, who organised the Business Enterprise Day, said, “The winning teams stuck to the budget, displayed excellent communication and team working skills, creative designs and an innovative menu.”
The girls had a great time taking part in the different activities, which introduced them to the skills required to take on the responsibility of running a successful business.
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