Pupils’ products proudly displayed at business day

James Hargest Junior Campus pupils and Nail Board Art business founders (from left) MacKinlay...
James Hargest Junior Campus pupils and Nail Board Art business founders (from left) MacKinlay Lytti, Ollie Wilkinson, Charlie Winter, Zach Clyma and Joe Matsuo (all 13) sell out at the school’s annual Business Day. PHOTO: ABBEY PALMER
Five pairs of hands are better than one.

This is what a group of James Hargest Junior Campus entrepreneurs discovered after launching their first business venture.

Year 8 pupils MacKinlay Lytti, Ollie Wilkinson, Charlie Winter, Zach Clyma and Joe Matsuo unveiled their product, Nail Board Art, at the school’s annual Business Day yesterday.

The individual wooden canvas pieces with differing designs, made using nails and rubber bands, sold out within half an hour of the event opening.

Co-founder Charlie Winter said that it was a "really

fun" process learning how to create a product and market it to consumers.

"It was both easy and hard.

"The hard part was the rubber bands sometimes breaking and trying to draw things to make them perfect."

One of the biggest lessons they had learnt from the experience was the more they worked together, the more they got done, he said.

He credited his friend and business partner MacKinlay for coming up with the idea.

Small boards were sold for $3 while the larger versions cost $5.

The boys’ class had decided to give the proceeds to the Blair Vining Foundation "for the health of other people".

While they were not too sure what they wanted to do after school life, sales and marketing could be on the cards.

"In the future we could create our own business."

Year 8 leader Stuart Brown said despite the delays and challenges of 2020, all of the year 8 pupils managed to present their finished products at Business Day.

The focus of the Taking Care of Business inquiry was for pupils to learn how to succeed as an entrepreneur and make their businesses profitable.

abbey.palmer@odt.co.nz

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