SEP raises over £8k for HOPEHIV

<p style=”text-align: justify;”><img style=”margin-right: 10px; float: left;” src=”images/stories/sepweb.jpg” alt=”sepweb” width=”209″ height=”139″ />In the summer term, the entire L4th took part in a challenging new initiative at school. <strong>The Social Entrepreneurs Project, </strong>as part of <strong>HOPEHIV</strong> charity, aims to raise money for children orphaned by the AIDS and HIV crisis in Africa. Each member of the L4th was provided with £10 ‘Seed Capital’ and challenged to convert this into £100 by starting a business and generating capital through entrepreneurial endeavour. Pupils could work independently or in small groups and, with the support of their tutors and house staff, they had to produce detailed business plans outlining their strategies, costs and targets.</p> <p style=”text-align: justify;”>The whole event was an enormous success and some pupils demonstrated an unnerving ability to generate business and considerable profit. Katie Brooks amassed an amazing <img style=”margin-left: 10px; float: right;” src=”images/stories/Sephoodiesv2.jpg” alt=”Sephoodiesv2″ width=”204″ height=”152″ />£760.00 profit from her Fashion Show venture;  with  the help of a number of local stores she staged a catwalk show at the Prep School. Ciaran Masters proved himself a most able entrepreneur in designing and producing Christmas cards and postcards of the school, strong sales resulted in a profit of some £340.00!  Alice Diebel, Rosie Henderson and Lucy Griffiths produced a leavers’ book for Prep 2 pupils which amassed an impressive profit of £345.00. Abigail Shine and Danisha Cochrane produced personalised hoodies for two School trips to make a staggering profit of £844.19.</p> <p style=”text-align: justify;”>Several ‘companies’ were selected to present pitches to a ‘Dragons Den’ panel comprising of a number of the school’s governors. The pupils had to prepare a three minute pitch outlining why their business deserved investment and had to field a series of very tricky strategic questions from the Dragons. This event also proved a huge success and in all six companies managed to squeeze £300 out of the impressed Dragons.</p> <p style=”text-align: justify;”>The project revealed that our pupils have a huge amount of potential when it comes to running a business and our companies raised in excess of £8000.00 for the HOPEHIV charity. Well done to everyone involved.</p>

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