The Schools: Holly Park and Salisbury Primary

Barnet-based Holly Park and Salisbury Primary in Newham have both been engaging their students in Enterprise teaching for several years and are committed to developing crucial transferable skills. Both schools been running ongoing Enterprise lesson-time projects, and have hosted many exciting Challenge Days this year and before, such as Holly Park’s Greeting Card Challenge and Salisbury’s Crime Scene Investigation. Today was a very special day for Societe Generale and the lucky participating students, as it involved not only two separate schools coming together, but also children from multiple year groups across both schools! This meant stretching their Working in a Team skills to new horizons to tackle the challenges of the day.

The Business: Societe Generale, London

Societe Generale is a French multinational banking and financial services company head-quartered in Paris. They are one of the largest European financial services groups. As a universal bank, Societe Generale not only offers Retail Banking in France but also International Banking, Financial Services and Corporate and Investment Banking, worldwide. The students today were lucky enough to be joined by a team of expert volunteers who not only offered guidance while trading but also offered valuable insight into what it takes to work at Societe Generale.

The Challenge: Trading Triumphs

The students were split into mixed-school and year group teams to take on the roles of traders for the day, practising their Problem Solving as they made fast-paced trading decisions based on up-to-the-minute news and Staying Positive when the markets did not work in their favour! Our busy traders were soon introduced to their client, scientist Dr Taylor, who placed her trust with each team to calculate risks and help her make a large return on her £25,000 initial investment. After interviewing the Societe Generale staff and touring the building (where they also had the opportunity to enjoy the grass of the rooftop garden!), the students worked together in their teams to analyse information from a number of sources before making their trades.

The Results:

This group of Year 5 students are familiar with the Enterprise Skills and this was evident in how they approached the challenges over the course of the day. With a focus on Problem Solving and Staying Positive, the teams were really keen to make as much money as possible for Dr Taylor. In particular, the volunteers and teachers were really impressed with how the teams were speaking to one another; offering words of encouragement when investment decisions didn’t quite go to plan. The presentations that were delivered showed strong signs of understanding about the reasons behind investment decisions, and a recognition for the often complex nature of decision-making. At the end of the day, each team was recognised for their hard work with a special thanks from Societe Generale.

What they said:

  • “I think the challenge of working with new pupils has really helped to develop their teamwork skills.” – Teacher, Holly Park
  • “Really inspiring presentations across the board, it’s never easy to present but these kids showed great abilities!” – Volunteer, Societe Generale
  • “We used our Problem Solving skills to try and work out who was best to invest in from the research we did.” – Student, Salisbury Primary

Thanks to Societe Generale for such a great trip day, and to Years 2, 3 and 4 from Holly Park and Salisbury Primary for coming along.

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