Sittingbourne pupils show they're the business

Sittingbourne pupils show they're the business

You could have been forgiven for thinking that you’d stumbled onto the set of Alan Sugar’s ‘Young Apprentice’, as 130 Year 9 students from Highsted Grammar School for Girls in Sittingbourne set up as entrepreneurs and faced the challenge of posing as competing catering companies, putting in a bid to cater for a formal dinner.

08 May 2012

On hand to help with the NatWest activity, organized with the help of CXK Ltd, were former pupils Jenny Soto and Hannah Wright, who both now work for NatWest - Hannah having joined the bank from the School in October last year. They were joined by NatWest MoneySense and Community Engagement Coach, Sandra Latter, as the students 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 ability to present and deliver a project on time and to budget.

The activities are 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.  It is the largest financial education programme in the UK with a presence in over 60% of secondary schools. Last year alone, NatWest staff, like Jenny, Hannah and Sandra, delivered MoneySense lessons to over 335,000 young people delivering on the Bank’s Customer Charter commitment to provide young people with financial education.

Commenting on the event, Jenny Soto from NatWest, said: “It’s great that NatWest has given Hannah and I the opportunity to go back to our old school to give something in return for all the help they gave us. 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.”

Highsted Grammar School teacher Mrs Chris Muir, who organised the event, continued: “This has been a great activity, which the girls really enjoyed and it was lovely to welcome Hannah and Jenny back to the School.  It’s very important that our students 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 Hannah, Jenny, Sandra and NatWest enough for making such a wonderful programme available to our students and for coming along to help us deliver it.”

MoneySense for Schools has been developed in partnership with teachers to help schools and colleges teach personal money management and enterprise skills within the curriculum.  It consists of a series of modules each of which can stand alone or be used in conjunction with others.  It aims to engage young people in a variety of role playing scenarios, online and other interactive learning exercises to give them experience of making financial decisions.

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 local NatWest MoneySense and Community Engagement Coach, Sandra Latter on 07795 302100 or visit the MoneySense website at

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