Record sales made by Junior School entrepreneurs

Record sales made by Junior School entrepreneurs

Virgin ‘Make your £5 Grow’

Pupils in Upper Two at Exeter Junior School are celebrating a record year of fundraising for good causes through the Virgin Money ‘Make your £5 Grow’ scheme.

In small groups, the pupils dreamt up, designed and made products to sell to their peers as part of their Independent Maths Project 2018, raising an incredible £2062.26.

The profit will be divided evenly between Sport Relief, Cancer Research UK, Dementia UK and The Mardon Centre, Exeter, with one fifth going towards fun maths games to enhance pupils’ learning further.

On Thursday 22 (U2A), Friday 23 (U2G) and Wednesday 28 February (U2A), the budding entrepreneurs had the chance to sell their products which they had worked so hard to prepare.

The weather was jolly cold for Upper Two A and Upper Two G, but still their customers were greeted warmly, with great enthusiasm and tip top maths! Upper Two P were brilliantly flexible as they set up their stalls in the Junior School Hall as it was just too cold on 28 February and created a fabulous and exciting event for their delighted customers.

Maths Coordinator Jacquie Barnes said: “All our Upper Two pupils made us truly proud with their superb selling techniques, stamina, team work and excellent customer service.

“Pupils from across the school visited each stall over break and lunch time, armed with their pocket money and a personalised bag, and very much enjoyed the range of items and activities available.

“Whether it was treasure hunts or traditional skittles, delicious fruit smoothies or bath bombs, hilarious grass heads or snow globes, how many goals they could shoot or trying out lucky dips, apple-bobbing or squeezing stress balls, slurping fruit smoothies or picking up fabulous gifts and card for Mother’s Day, there was something for everyone!

“Our Upper Twos allowed pupils to view and pre-order items which meant that they already knew they had made a profit before sales day!”

Upper Two Form Tutor Paula Goldsworthy said: “Pupils have been calculating their final profits and we are very grateful to Mrs Hooper from the Bursary who has been double-checking the amounts.

“We are delighted and the Upper Twos are very proud to have made an incredible profit of £2062.26 - the most we have raised since we began participating in the Virgin Money scheme in 2015 - with £1648 going to four very good causes.”

The pupils also prepared summary posters of their reflections of what they have learnt during the process. The Dragons’ Den takes place on Friday 9 March and will be reported on next week.

A huge thanks to all parents who have been so supportive during this independent project. We are so proud of them as they organised themselves and ran their own mini-businesses. Thank you also to all the staff for their fantastic help to enable the smooth running of these events.