In this year’s 500 Word Essay Competition, which was open to Y9 upwards, students had to answer one of the following questions:
- How can businesses ensure their supply chain is green?
- Why is branding so important to business success?
- If you had £1m, what sort of business would you invest in and why?
- Is the future of business online?
The aim of the competition was to expand pupil’s knowledge in business discipline and promote their critical thinking, creativity and writing skills. We also wanted to encourage pupils to think about business differently and challenge the way business is perceived.
Richard Cassim, Business and ICT Department at The Spires College: “The Celebration Day was really well organized and structured in such a way to enable the students to get a feel of what university life is like, and what it might be like to study Business at Higher Education Level. The students and staff were well looked after and made to feel very welcome. All students enjoyed their day thoroughly, particularly meeting the staff who had judged the entries”.
Alicia Parfitt, Year 9 student: “The Celebration Trip to Plymouth University was fantastic! The tour was very interesting and I learnt a lot about the Business School through the tour. The food was delicious and I had a lot of fun learning about sustainable businesses. When I found out that I won the competition, I couldn’t believe it. I was so happy. Thank you to the professors who thought my essay was good and thank you for the amazing prize of an ipad”
The competition was announced in November and pupils had over three months to research and submit their essays prior to the deadline on Monday 22nd February 2016. We received over 90 essays from many different schools across the South West. The essays were of a very high quality and it was hard to choose winners. The prize giving ceremony was held at Plymouth University on 4thMay. The day started with a campus tour and a session on Bloomberg during which pupils could experience and learn about the stock markets.
In the words of Dr Hilary Duckett, the director of the Plymouth Business School, “The Bloomberg Interactive Learning Suite allows students to research fields such as corporate finance, derivative markets, portfolio and risk analytics, real time data and investment simulations. Using the latest technology, the students are able to undertake real world learning which both deepens their research and enriches coursework. It enables them to develop their analytical skills, enhance their decision making using real time data and prepares students for a challenging employment marketplace.”
After presenting the prizes and enjoying a lovely lunch with a sea view, entrepreneur Sybille Schiffmann delivered a workshop on sustainability and innovation and also the importance of flourishing in business.
The 1st Prize – iPad mini 2 went to Alicia from The Spires College in Torquay
The 2nd Prize – £50.00 Amazon Voucher went to Ethan from Coombeshead Academy Newton Abbot
The 3rd Prize – £25.00 Amazon Voucher went to Amy from Wadebridge School
The 4th Prize – £10.00 Amazon Voucher went to Reyhannon from Marine Academy Plymouth.
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Our school engagement programme has been designed to assist students to engage with Plymouth University, specifically with Plymouth Business School. Our main aims are to enhance the school business curriculum, offer opportunities for networking and share ideas and resources.