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2018 Mosaic Enterprise Challenge
Lawnswood school entered the 2018 Mosaic Enterprise Challenge competition for the fifth consecutive year. This entailed a select group of students competing in an online business simulation game that replicates the real world, and a quiz about ethical business and sustainability.
This year’s competition was bigger than ever before, with over 4,500 students taking part nationwide! The competition was fierce, good fun, as well as rewarding. Last year’s winners received a cheque for £2500 for their school and a variety of other prestigious prizes.
The first part of the competition commenced on Wednesday 21 January. Twenty students from year 7-10 were joined by five professionals who are employed in “the real world” for a variety of corporations who are to act as mentors for the students. Sarah Woolmer, who is employed by the law firm Squire Patton Boggs, is taking part as a mentor for the second year and explained how much she enjoyed working with children and seeing them enthused and engaged about entrepreneurship. “ I really enjoyed imparting my knowledge and working with young people so I jumped at the chance when I was asked to mentor the students again.” responded Sarah when asked why she became a mentor.
Each mentor was assigned to a group. This provided students with an excellent opportunity to pick the mentors brains and receive assistance off the mentors for the business simulation game. Sol Whittaker from year 9 is one of the students taking part “It was great fun and really interesting. The mentors helped us a lot in understanding different aspects of the game and the business words related to it such as “distribution channels” which we did not know the meaning of” replied Sol when asked about the how well the first mentor meeting went.
Another participant is Abdullah Butt who is in year 8. Abdullah had the opportunity to play the game and explained; “We kept loosing money on the game and could not make a profit. We realized that our marketing of the product need improving to generate more sales. Once we had invested more in marketing our product we made a £500,000 profit in our first year of trading.”
Students from Lawnswood School should be very proud of themselves for coming runners-up in the Regional Final of the Mosaic Enterprise Challenge . The five best performing teams from across the region were invited to the final which, this year, was held at the offices of KPMG in Leeds.
Each team was required to present a three minute presentation on social enterprise idea that they would like to implement. Our team OneClick were keen to support some of our school community's more disadvantaged students - particularly those with an EAL background and came up with an innovative and practical proposal.
Their presentation at the final was superb demonstrating the skills such as communication, collaboration, commitment and creativity. They were great ambassadors for our school and came away from the competition as runners up in a very close run competition.
Well done to all the members of the team and to Mr Hussain who guided them to the final with the support of Business in the Community partners.