Newsletter 28 - 2019

Dear Parents,

Enterprise Week Special

This week at Bidborough it has been Enterprise week, in which children across the school have been learning about making and safeguarding money. The week started with a ‘STEM’ dress up day and children were invited to come to school dressed up as a professional from a Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths profession. We had some amazing costumes, ranging from consultant phlebotomists to architects, tractor engineers to astronauts!

Throughout the week, classes have been working on designing and making products for our Enterprise Fair which was held on Friday. Each child was given a loan of £2 with which to start up their enterprise venture. Many children pooled their money together with their classmates and worked together to make a variety of amazing products including Cowrie Shell models, Lemonade, Peppermint Creams, Slime, Cookies, Plant pots and much more. Children were encouraged to come up with business and marketing plans for their products and to think carefully about how to maximise profits. The older children carried out market research to find out how popular their products might be, and how much money potential customers might be willing to pay for them. The fair was a great success and all products had been sold before 10am! Once loans have been paid back, children were given the opportunity to decide what to do with the money raised. In line with the generosity and caring nature of the children here at Bidborough, the children have decided to donate their profits to good causes. The totals raised are as follows:

Year R: £31 – Donated to Education for Life Clean Water Fund

Year 1: 72 – Donated to Kent Air Ambulance

Year 2: £72 – Donate to World Wildlife Fund

Year 3: £58 – Donated to Hospice in the Weald for apparatus

Year 4: £110 – Donated to the Dogs Trust

Year 5: £95 –  Donated to World Wildlife Fund, Action against  Hunger, Asthma UK, MacMillan

and Porchlight

Year 6: £124 – Donated to Hospice in the Weald for apparatus and Cancer research


So, a grand total of £562!

On Wednesday, children from Years 1 to 6 took part in ‘Money Sense’ workshops in which they learnt about where money comes from and how money needs to be protected. Volunteers from several local banks came into to help children understand how the world of money works. The children will all have come home with a certificate and a goody-bag.

On Thursday, representatives from different professions came into school to talk to the children about the world of work. We had lawyers, bankers and firemen to name but a few. Children had the opportunity to find out what different careers entailed and what they would need to do take on such a job themselves. Thank you to everyone who came in to widen the children’s perspectives and to Mrs Hard for organising this. Here are some quotes from the children about the event:

 “My favourite was the Insurance Underwriter – Mr Gutteridge – because he showed us photos of car crashes.” Sam in Year 3

 “My favourite was the guy who talked about the car crashes” Ashton in Class 1

 “I liked that person that talked about different people’s bodies.” Isla in Class 2

 “I liked Mr Hawksfield because he told us about the fire at Windsor Castle.” Luca in Class 5

Finally this week, a group of Year 6 children took part in the ‘Junior Enterprise Challenge Event’ being held at Salomans Estate this week. Competing against other schools, the children had to design and market an educational game. In true Bidborough spirit, the team pulled together to create an amazing game aimed at sight and hearing impaired children. It was lovely to see the children confidently presenting their game to other schools, parents and indeed the Mayor as part of this. The judges were particularly impressed with Bidborough’s inclusive angle. Thank you to Mrs Sedgemore and Mrs Sharp for supporting the children during the week.

 Kind regards,

 Laura Fowler
Deputy Head