Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas Enterprise Challenge


Pupils from West Base and West Base 2 enjoyed a special 'Christmas Enterprise Challenge' when they were contacted out of the blue by no other than Father Christmas himself and his Christmas Elves! The children, who all attend the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy's Osprey Quay Campus were tasked to create Christmas cards for their special client.


Academy Director for Digital Learning and Innovation, Gary Spracklen, explains, 'We have had contact with a number of important people since we opened as an Academy but none as special as Father Christmas himself! The children were only too keen to help save Christmas and put their entrepreneurial skills to the test!'. 

Mr. Spracklen explains further, 'Father Christmas challenged the children to make Christmas cards that were at least 12cm tall and 5cm wide. The cards had to include a picture of Father Christmas' favourite reindeer Rudolf and be finished with a note from Father Christmas himself inside the card. The children needed to manage their resources carefully and were given a small amount of start-up capital funding'.

Speaking about the special challenge, Year 2 pupil Max Griffin said, 'It was really special to be working for Father Christmas! My group made lots of cards with Rudolf on that we sold back to Santa for a profit!'. Year 4 pupil Leon added, 'It was hard work because we needed to make money to buy more materials. In the end all the hard work paid off though and my group did really well'.

Academy Director of Entrepreneurship, Gary Fooks, speaking about the day said, ' In addition to a full curriculum the Academy places particular emphasis on Entrepreneurship – giving students the confidence to achieve whatever they want in life and driving aspiration. The activity with Father Christmas today was a great example of this type of learning that focuses on the development of an entrepreneurial mindset which strives to solve problems rather than accept defeat, building the key attributes of passion, determination, team-work, problem solving, creativity, risk-taking'.

We were joined in West Base by Sixth Form students today, one of these students made the following video -

4 comments:

NIkki FRYER said...

How exciting! Good luck team Santa!

NIkki FRYER said...

How exciting! Good luck Team Santa!

Single Steps Learning (Andrew & Lynne) said...

Really impressed that Father Christmas asked for your help...and that you were so willing to get involved! A question for Max and his group - 'How easy or hard was it to bargain with Santa and sell your cards back to him with a profit?
A question for individuals or groups...If Santa asked you what was the most interesting or important thing you learned from your challenge, what would you tell him?

Single Steps Learning (Andrew & Lynne) said...

Really impressed that Father Christmas asked for your help...and that you were so willing to get involved! A question for Max and his group - 'How easy or hard was it to bargain with Santa and sell your cards back to him with a profit?
A question for individuals or groups...If Santa asked you what was the most interesting or important thing you learned from your challenge, what would you tell him?