The School:

St Mary Magdalene CE Primary School is in their third year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students will be busy developing their Enterprise Skills in the Summer term. Previously they have completed the Greeting Cards Challenge Day. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 3 to 5, to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

With over 55 years’ experience, Lendlease is a leading international property and construction company with operations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. They create positive legacies from funding a project right through to developing and constructing state of the art buildings and infrastructure, including hospitals, roads and bridges.


The Challenge: Decisive Developers

The day started off with the students interviewing the volunteers to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the Enterprise Skills required to do their jobs. Students then went on a tour of the premises, which allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs available in the world of construction.
Taking on the role of Developers, students were then challenged to apply their Problem Solving skills to establish on which site to choose to build their new tall building. Taking the location and needs of the community on board, teams then worked together to build a tower using limited materials. During the build, the teams’ Staying Positive skills were put to the test as new challenges arose, which put the developers’ budgets under strain.
The day culminated in teams pitching their plan for development to the judges, who posed as local and new residents, to see if their building was suitable for construction.

What they said:

  • “Some of the students who are usually very quiet, have had the confidence and ability to really shine today.” – Teacher
  • “It has been so fun today, the quality of their ideas was really impressive.” – Volunteer
  • “This has been the best day, I liked the building and I want to come back tomorrow.” – Student
  • “I really liked the presentations because we got to show everyone our work and could make it better every time.” – Student

Thanks to everyone for such a great trip day!

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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