Tuesday 20th November 2007 by C. Freeman
Year 11 students had to come up with charity fund-raising ideas and present them before a 'dragon's den' style panel. Tutor groups came up with ideas, which they then researched and presented to the panels in sales pitches lasting 15 minutes. There were two 'dens' at Brooke Weston, each one inhabited by four dragons, comprising two teachers, a member of support staff and a Year 13 student. The dragons listened to the presentations and then posed questions about any potential problem areas that the students may have missed.
The Year 11 students came up with a range of projects. These included selling Fair Trade chocolate with profits going to provide chickens in Africa to setting up charity football academies and staging a music festival. One highly innovative idea was to convert a bus to a snack bar, ploughing the profits made from food sales in the day to feed the homeless at night. The students all had to present their ideas coherently, backed up with technical facts and figures, often having to explain the finer details of their plans during their sales 'pitches'.
The project was part of the 'period one' curriculum, and organised by teacher, Helen Huchet. She said: 'This project gave students the chance to really think through the practicalities of their ideas and the added pressure of giving a presentation. The real 'Dragon's Den' proves a testing ground for entrepreneurs, and we wanted to give the students a similar experience. They gave good presentations and came up with an interesting range of ideas.'