Friends of West Lodge School organised their annual Enterprise Challenge for Year 6 at the end of the summer term, where the students work in teams to grow £1 to maximum profit over six weeks.
This year due to COVID-19, some changes were made to the challenge. Local businesses were invited to come in as ‘Dragons’ in Dragons Den style and invest in the children’s business ideas.
Local businesses such as Gibbs Gillespie, Pinner Kumon Centre, PMC of Pinner, Talenteam, Friends Restaurant and The River Spa all got involved.
Headteacher Jim Dees said: “Despite all the challenges the FOWLS team did an amazing job organising the Y6 Enterprise Challenge this year – with the innovation of Dragon’s Den an exciting new addition to the process. The children learnt so much throughout, including developing the skills of collaboration, teamwork and creativity.”
Maria and Olivia from Sapphire Class said: “Through the Enterprise Challenge we learnt teamwork, independence and organisation. We also learnt that not everything goes according to plan and that we have to be able to adapt to change. We had so much fun as we got to run our own store and work with our friends- having a business takes time and dedication to build!”
Class teacher Miss Zhang said: “Year 6 pupils did an outstanding job raising money for the school through their enterprise project. Their incredible effort throughout the project was reflected on the day of the summer fair, where they put their entrepreneur and customer service skills to work, resulting in a highly successful day.”