It confirmed my passion for business whilst also providing me with life-long skills such as public speaking and negotiation.
Young Enterprise is well established at Walthamstow Hall and is an exceptionally popular co-curricular option for Year 12 students, all of whom have the opportunity to participate in the scheme. Walthamstow Hall teams have progressed through to the county, regional and even national rounds of the competition in recent years.
The scheme gives students a very real experience of testing their entrepreneurial flair, the practicalities involved in running a business, working as a team, developing communication skills and an insight into financial literacy. Working in teams, and supported by Business Studies teacher Mrs Boorman and a local volunteer business advisor, students set up a company and develop a product idea which they then design, produce, market and sell. Any profits are distributed at the end of the year. Young Enterprise companies present their products, business plans and progress in various rounds of competition against companies from other schools. In 2016 Walthamstow Hall company .Dott reached the final seven in the UK to compete at National Finals and in 2018, Novoneesh became Kent champions and reached the Regional finals.
Young Enterprise 2018 – Novoneesh
Novoneesh was Walthamstow Hall’s Young Enterprise company in 2017/18. A simple business idea combined with a passion for a social cause and great presentation skills took them to the South East Regional Finals, where they won the award for Best Interview. The Year 12 students wanted to raise awareness of British Sign Language, so they hand-emblazoned the BSL symbols for love, hope and peace onto T shirts which they then sold at local shops and markets throughout the year.
I really enjoyed working amongst a great team of girls, all of us using our individual skills to fulfil a task.
The company and its members gained confidence and momentum at each level of the competition. At the West Kent finals they picked up awards for Finance and Best Company Report as well as overall Best Company.
From the original starting line-up of 39 schools, Novoneesh then won the county finals in May. The judges at the Kent Finals praised the students for their exceptional team work, their commitment to a good cause and their professional presentation, for which they also won the YE Kent Best Presentation Award.
Their next challenge was the South East Regional Finals at Guildford Cathedral in June, for which they prepared well. The students gave an impressive tally of their sales figures to date (the final total was £3,275 from 300 T shirts sold) and also highlighted their donation of £150 to the British Deaf Association as part of their company’s success.
It was in their interaction with the judges where Novoneesh really shone. The students won the Natwest Award for Best Interview and as he presented it, Peter Quilter from Natwest Corporate & Commercial Banking said he was “blown away by the pride and passion” displayed by the group, and the fantastic answers given to very tricky questions asked by the judging panel.
Well done Novoneesh! Thanks must also go to our Business Teacher Mrs Flora Boorman and to our Business Advisor Mr Mike McSweeney.
I was surprised by how many hours we spent liaising with the bank and reconciling the accounts. I enjoyed spreading awareness of BSL, especially after watching ‘A Silent Child’.