Year 4 students from St Mary’s Isleworth were set the challenge of creating a stand out event for the employees of RBS, to act as a reward for their hard work this year. The students split into teams, each team designing a different event, which would be judged by a panel of volunteer judges from RBS.

“Our theme is winter wonderland; it is very exciting as it will be in a marquee at Hampton Court Palace.” (Student, Year 4)

The students, very sensibly, interviewed volunteers from RBS to find out what they would like in a celebration event; they took what they had learned and organised an ideas generation session in which they came up with a wide range of fantastic ideas. Each team then voted on which ideas they would use so that they had a consolidated final plan.

“Don’t forget to come dressed up in 70’s clothes for our disco.” (Student, Year 4)

Having decided on what they wanted to have at their event, the students then had to wrestle with their budgets. Fortunately volunteers from RBS were on hand to help them work out the best way to use their money. Even after a round of savage budget cuts, every team had a solid budget that would let them host a stunning event.

“You should all be so proud of how well you worked in your teams.” (Miss Stephens, Year 4 Teacher)

Finally the teams began working on their pitches, looking to persuade the panel of judges that their event was the best. Each member of every team spoke out to convince the judges that their ideas were the best, the teams worked together really well to make each presentation really memorable.

“We will advertise using email, because it is quicker and cheaper than sending letters.” (Student, Year 4)

The judges left for a high tension decision making meeting, finally deciding a winner. Meanwhile the students reflected on their achievements over the day. The judges came back and said how impressed they were with everyone’s presentations and how valuable they had found the experience themselves. Of course there could only be one winner at the end of the day and team ‘Brilliant Bankers’ took home the final prize, well done to everyone involved!

“It’s as valuable for us as it is for them.” (Sheetal, RBS)

Here’s what the students thought

“Our theme is a movie theme.” (Student, Year 4)

“We will advertise our party using texts, because everyone has a phone.” (Student, Year 4)

“We voted for what theme to do.” (Student, Year 4)

“Our event is going to be a disco because everyone enjoys dancing.” (Student, Year 4)

“We have spectacular sky diving as entertainment.” (Student, Year 4)

“Fantastic music followed by Andy Murray and Billy Connolly on stage, to match our Scottish theme” (Student, Year 4)

“Obviously, the event was for RBS and you made it feel really good.” (John, RBS)

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