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The School: Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School
In their first year working with Enabling Enterprise, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School is a four-form entry school in Liverpool. Taking on their first Enabling Enterprise Challenge Day, nervous children and teachers entered the school hall to hear how their day would be spent. An excited and focused group of young politicians then made their way back to their classrooms, energised and ready to take on their challenge and hopefully win out the day.
The Challenge: A Day in Politics
Leading was the focus of the day as the students worked in teams to create their own political parties to help guide our new society in the new nation of Sacramentana. The teams’ Problem Solving skills were tested to the limits as they made decisions on where their budget was best spent. Whether they focused on hospitals or care homes, the military or the police, the teams had to debate the pros and cons of each decision before creating their very own party manifesto.
If the pressure of Sharing Ideas in front of your class wasn’t enough, the final task for the day saw the children pitching their political parties’ manifestos and explaining the successes of the day to visiting parents. Over a hundred parents arrived to show their support and gain an insight into the Challenge Day. All teams were Aiming High and Staying Positive as they took their turn in the spotlight. The caring and community atmosphere of the school was shown in its full glory through the choices and well-crafted arguments of the teams, who overwhelmingly chose, in their manifestos, to look after those less fortunate than themselves, and as one parent remarked, “They could all be future politicians… I think the future is in safe hands”.
What they said:
- “I think I’ve enjoyed it more than the kids. I can’t believe how much they have done today.” – Teacher, Year 4
- “I loved it. We didn’t win but we did really well all day.” – Student, Year 6
- “This is a dream come true!” – Student, Year 5
- ”It was so good to see how proud they all were of the work they had done. Even children I don’t know were showing me their work with big smiles on their faces. We never had anything like this when I was at school.” – Parent, Year 3
Well done to everyone who was involved.
Enabling Enterprise are working in partnership with schools and businesses to support students to build enterprise skills and aspirations. Find out more by contacting us or visiting enablingenterprise.org