Pupils put business skills to test using recycled materials

Papakaio School pupils with some of the goods made from recycled materials sold last week. From...
Papakaio School pupils with some of the goods made from recycled materials sold last week. From left: Matthew Campbell (11) with lanterns, Izabella Hurst (10) with funky chairs and Blain Hamilton (8) with stone mats. Photo by David Bruce.
Young entrepreneurs at Papakaio School had the chance last week to test their business skills in the real world, when they sold products produced from recycled materials at a market day.

About 80 year 3 to 8 pupils had a sympathetic market - family and friends of the school.

For the previous four weeks, they had been divided into groups of up to four to take part in PrEP - Primary Enterprise Programme - designed to teach them a wide range of skills by creating their own business and selling a product.

"They have to mimic the real world as much as possible," teacher Bronwyn Waldron said.

This year there was a twist - they had to take into account sustainable business practice by creating a product from recycled materials.

As part of the programme, each group had to design a product, look at strengths and weaknesses, redesign it if necessary, then manufacture, market and sell it.

They had to keep account of costs, ranging from materials to wages.

Last Wednesday, they sold their products at the market day in the Papakaio Community Centre from 11.30am.

People exchanged "real money" for "Papakaio dollars" at "a very good exchange rate of $1 to $100", Mrs Waldron said.

After that, each group would study what went right and what went wrong, learning from the experience.


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