Into the Dragons’ Den

Into the Dragons’ Den

Virgin Money Make £5 Grow

Six shortlisted ‘Make Your Money Grow’ Maths Teams from Upper Two, presented their products to our wonderful ‘Dragons’ at our ‘Dragons’ Den’ this year.

Our Dragons were Jeanne Volschenk from Virgin Money, Mr Mackintosh, Head of Economics and Business Studies, Mrs Marks, Headmistress of our Junior School, Mrs Hooper, Assistant Accountant, Exeter School, and Mr Cheney and Mrs Clark, two of our wonderful governors. Our Dragons were hugely impressed by the way pupils had created, designed, marketed and sold their products, handled money and managed costs and worked successfully as a team to make a profit on their original £5.

The level of creativity, being healthy and thought for the environment was definitely stepped up by all our pupils! Overall, Upper Two have made an outstanding profit of £1010 which will be divided equally amongst ‘Get Kids Going’ (a national charity which gives disabled children and young people up to the age of 26 years, the wonderful opportunity of participating in sport) https://www.getkidsgoing.com/, ‘Rays of Sunshine’ (granting wishes for children with terminal illnesses) https://raysofsunshine.org.uk/ and ‘Cancer Research UK’. The remaining profits will be put towards fun maths games to enhance our pupils’ learning further.

The following teams were awarded certificates by our Dragons: Best Poster Summary of Work went to ‘Kububble, Most Investible Product, went to ‘Pretty Little Things’, Best Profit went to Tutti Frutti, Most Creative Product, went to ‘Yub Nub’ and Best Teamwork went jointly to ‘Millionaire Bears’ and ‘Money Makers’.

The cup and award of overall winners went to ‘Tutti Frutti’ who were complemented for their wonderful ideas and very popular products and great enthusiasm.

Mrs Clark and Mr Cheney presented our winners with their cup which will be engraved with their team name. Mr Cheney said that all the pupils would have learnt some really important skills, such as selling and presenting as well has having fun and enjoying the experience.

Our Dragons so enjoyed reading all the summary posters and felt that every team across Upper Two had excelled in using their mathematical skills, smart business thinking and particularly impressive creativity as well as considering the longevity and environmental impact of their products. They particularly commended the ‘Selling Maniacs’ and ‘Blue Lavender’ for their most eye-catching posters.

In addition, our governors were struck by the fact that our pupils really saw the bigger picture and were driven by knowing that they were donating their profits to three worthwhile charities to which some pupils have personal connections. They also admired the pupils’ fantastic energy, enthusiasm and teamwork which enabled them all to achieve such amazing results.

Congratulations to all our Upper Two for delivering way beyond our expectations and for being so professional in how they developed, marketed, sold and reviewed their products. Mrs Marks said what a very worthwhile project this had been, not just about maths, but about learning important life skills which would serve them very well for the future.

Mr Mackintosh was amazed by the fantastic products created, such as the necklaces made of decorated washers, and felt that they could really appeal to the older pupils if the team would be interested in showing them.

Ms Barnes and Mrs Goldsworthy said: “A huge thanks to all efforts put in by Upper Two, to our parents, grandparents, carers and friends for supporting them along the way, colleagues from across the Junior and Senior School and Virgin Money for being the catalyst for the whole project.”