College showcases budding entrepreneurs

The Lightbulbs team came up with the concept of selling animal jars filled with lollies.

The Lightbulbs team came up with the concept of selling animal jars filled with lollies.

Tuakau College was a hive of activity last Friday, as the junior school students hosted their first Market Day, which was all part of their Unit of Enterprising study.
The students had to work in groups to design, produce and sell a product of their choice, with the aim to introduce the budding entrepreneurs to the business world.
Year Seven and Eight Dean, Mrs Preeti Walia, explained that she had never seen the students so enthusiastic and hungry for success.
“These students took ownership and just ran with their ideas. They really wanted to succeed with their business, which was so great to see. We hope that by the time they go through to Year Nine and Ten it has helped create an idea of what they would like as a career, so that once they reach the NCEA levels, they can focus on subjects that will lead them to that.”
The students made their own decisions, solved problems, met deadlines and were able to engage with their local community.
“The Market Day was about an authentic, active and hands on learning experience. The role of the teacher was to be a mentor and to be their facilitator. We have been working with the students in groups, listening to their ideas, monitoring their progress and helping with feedback and advice. This all helped the students meet their deadlines and run a successful mini business enterprise.” Businesses included many food stalls, games and produce stands, as well as the traditional sausage sizzle and White Elephant.

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