Supported with financial advice and guidance from Carol Mitchell and Joe Hunter from NatWest, 180 Yr 8 pupils divided into groups to tender for the contract, planning and designing menus, as well as the supply and serving of the food, before being judged on their quality and value for money.
The activities were part of NatWest MoneySense for Schools, a national, curriculum-based programme of interactive modules, developed by the Bank with the help of teachers to teach business and financial skills to young people. MoneySense has a presence in over 60% of secondary schools across the UK and last year alone, NatWest staff delivered MoneySense lessons to over 335,000 young people.
Commenting on the event, Joe Hunter, NatWest's Senior Bank Manager for the local area, said: "We've had a fantastic time and Carol and I have been really impressed with the creativity and business acumen the young people have shown. The importance of financial capability for young people cannot be underestimated as it's essential that they are equipped with the skills and confidence required to make decisions in adult life."
Mrs Gransden, Assistant Head Teacher at Purbrook Park School, continued: "This was a great activity, which the young people really enjoyed. It's very important that they gain basic money management skills and have the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial and creative abilities. This activity was an extremely practical and fun way of doing this and brought alive what happens in real life. We can't thank Carol, Joe and NatWest enough for making such a wonderful programme available to our pupils and for coming along to help us deliver it."
Any schools or colleges wanting to find out more about the MoneySense programme, how to get the free materials or how to get the support of a NatWest member of staff, should contact NatWest Regional MoneySense Coach, Carol Mitchell, on 07795 238 051 or visit the MoneySense website at www.natwest.com/moneysense.
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