Woldgate College students have been putting their talent for business and enterprise to good use by raising a record-breaking £587 for charity in one hour.
The Year 8 students, aged 12 to 13, have spent the last few weeks learning about the importance of charities in society during weekly Citizenship lessons.
They have also begun learning about the importance of enterprise in adult life, together with the skills, creativity and resilience necessary to succeed in business.
Students worked in small teams to each plan a fundraising stall as part of a large fete that took place in the main school courtyard, with students from other year groups being invited to browse and spend their money.
Each team had to think of an eye-catching and profitable business idea to raise as much money as possible. Many students sold food, ranging from ice cream to cakes, whilst other students chose to raise money through imaginative activities ranging from traditional fairground games to food tasting trials and sport challenges.
Head of Citizenship, Paul Barrett, said: “These students have shown a remarkable level of imagination, maturity and organisation in planning and running this event. They have worked together exceptionally well and the experience, skills and confidence they have gained will help them to succeed both in school and adult life.”
The event was enjoyed by all students, with Year 7 and Year 9 students visiting the stalls to spend their money. There was fierce competition between different stalls, and each Year 8 form group competed to raise the most money for charity. In total, the students raised £587, beating last year’s total by £179. The students decided to split the money between two charities - Macmillan Cancer Support and Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
A representative from Macmillan Cancer Support visited Woldgate College to explain the work of the charity and was presented with a cheque for £293.94 by Year 8 students.