The Schools: St Francis de Sales and Holly Park Primary

St Francis de Sales in Haringey have been working with Enabling Enterprise for a number of years to develop their students’ Primary Enterprise skills. Last year, the whole school took part in Operation Moonbase, an Enabling Enterprise Challenge Day.

Based in Friern Barnet in North London, Holly Park Primary are in their third year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Some of their students have already shone out as confident entrepreneurs during The Greetings Cards challenge held at the school in March.

Today was a great opportunity for the lucky selection of Year 4s and 6s to test their skills in front of professionals from Rathbones.

The Business: Rathbones, London

Rathbones is one of the UK’s leading providers of investment management services for private clients, charities and professional advisers. The original business was founded by the Rathbones family back in 1742, however, has been listed on London Stock Exchange since 1988. Today, they have 15 offices throughout the UK and Jersey. We were joined by a host of volunteers – IT managers, fund managers and client support associates – who excellently demonstrate the wide variety of roles available at Rathbones.

The Challenge: Trading Triumphs

The six teams began their day by interviewing the volunteers, to learn more about their roles within the organisation. After an insightful tour of the office, proving how good they were at Listening Carefully, the students grasped the concept of ‘risk’ and took on the role of stock market traders. They met their client, Dr Taylor, and set to work researching four different companies to invest the £25,000 she had given them. Today was also a test of Aiming High skills, as each team worked closely with the adults to make the best decisions as to where to best place their client’s money.

The Results:

It was clear it would be an overwhelming success; from outset the teams gelled, using their imagination to build a range of thoughtful questions to ask the volunteers. All the adults gleefully watched on as the teams of students built up confidence and applied their Problem Solving skills to make quick investment decisions. The level of competition was high with teams working hard throughout the day to try and gain the most points for each of the challenge skills. With a particular focus on Staying Positive and Leading, it was great to see students championing each other and never giving up – even during high pressure situations!

What they said:

  • “The volunteers were fantastic! The children really benefitted from gaining the perspective of an adult they had never meet before.” – Teacher, Holly Park Primary
  • “We brought along some quiet children. It was great to see them mix with children from Holly Park and grow in confidence during the course of the day.” – Teacher, St Francis de Sales
  • “I would not have been surprised if the children had been preselected – they were all so engaged. This is testament to the day’s fast pace and the enthusiasm of those who organise it.” – Volunteer, Rathbones
  • “I am proud of our team especially how we helped each other when people were nervous in the presentation.” – Student, St Francis de Sales
  • “Sometimes in our team we disagree. What we do is stop, try and explain and then vote.” – Student, Holly Park Primary

Thanks to Rathbones for such a great trip day, and to Year 6 from St Francis de Sales and Year 4 from Holly Park for coming along.

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

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