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Enterprising students raise £900 in ‘Giving Nation’ event

11th March 2014

Year 9 students raised a magnificent £900 for local and national charities in the School’s annual Giving Nation event.

Students were given time off normal lessons to experience a whole week of demanding team-based  business and enterprise challenges, culminating in a vibrant  ‘Apprentice-style’ fair to see which team could raise the most money for their chosen good causes.

Giving Nation, whose motto is ‘Get Inspired, Get Active, Get Involved’, is a national initiative aimed at building a culture of giving among the nation’s young people.  Trinity’s Giving Nation event has been one of the highlights of the school calendar for some years, and is extremely popular with students as they test their business and entrepreneurial know-how.

Mrs Gill Sinden, Head of Key Stage 3, praised this year’s teams for their extraordinary efforts.  “Working in teams of 7, students had to choose a charity, create  a money-spinning business idea, elect a leader, a sales director, a finance manager, and a blogger before planning and organising themselves into a professional looking business” she explained. “They then had to present their idea to teachers, sixth formers and the rest of the school in assembly, as well as applying to a panel for funds to finance their project” she added. “It was very realistic. They were put under an enormous amount of pressure, yet all teams responded extremely well.”

Students were particularly enthusiastic about the creative aspects of the challenge, which required them to design and make products or provide services themselves rather than just buying things in to sell.  “I really enjoyed making and selling the greetings cards because I knew that it would have a positive effect on somebody’s life”, said student Jack Hingston, whose team raised £257 for the Exeter Leukaemia Fund.  “Challenging but fun”, was how another pupil Hannah Waite described the making of wind chimes, as her group raised  £116 for the Pearl of Africa Child Care Charity. Other groups supported the British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, and the British Hen Welfare Trust, by selling products as diverse as mobile phone stands and driftwood signs. There was even a ‘Feed the Hens’ stall!

‘‘Charity, Confidence and Optimism’ is the motto of Trinity School,” said Mrs Sinden, “all of which were plainly evident among this group of students.  Their end-of-week reward was a trip to Paignton Zoo, where the students were only too happy for Zoo staff to invite them to join in one final business and marketing challenge.”

Note: for information on Giving Nation visit  www.g-nation.org.uk/

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