VS Oxford’s KS3 Enterprise students have had a busy term planning and promoting the school’s annual Macmillan coffee morning, which once again included a hard fought Bake Off Competition for the coveted title of LVS Oxford Head Baker. The event, which took place on Tuesday 10th October, saw students, parents, the school’s Chaplin Nathan Jarvis, and members of the local community all gather in the hall where KS3 students were on hand to greet them and serve tea and a wonderful selection of donated cakes and biscuits. The morning was a huge success and raised a fantastic £218 for Macmillan cancer support.
Business Enterprise is a new addition to the curriculum this year and is helping learners across the school to develop a range of skills including generating imaginative ideas, working successfully as a team, project planning, handling money, understanding profit and loss, problem solving, customer service and effective marketing and public relations.
Head of School Louisa Allison-Bergin said:“Our annual Macmillan coffee morning was the ideal project to get our KS3 students started on. They have learnt about working together as a team and delegating jobs based on the strengths of each individual. Students with a flair for art focused on the invitations and posters to generate interest in the event, while those who enjoy numeracy produced price lists for the event. In the run up to the event, the class worked with Abigail Robins, the school’s speech and language therapist, on communication and social skills so they were fully prepared to serve customers and handle money.”
Through the Business Enterprise lessons, LVS Oxford aims to equip learners with knowledge and skills that will be useful to them as they prepare to undertake work experience, or prepare for employment and further education interviews and life beyond school in a further education and employment setting.
Keeden, who joined the school in September 2017, played a very active role in the event. Keeden said: “We had practiced serving customers with Abi before the coffee morning and I really enjoyed talking to the customers, serving them cakes and taking the money. It has definitely helped me to be more confident when speaking to people and I feel less anxious about being at a big event.”
The LVS Oxford Bake Off Competition received a wonderful selection of delicious cakes, brownies and flapjacks. After much tasting and deliberation, the judges awarded 2nd place to 6th former Georgina. The 2017 Head Baker title went to fellow 6th former Caitlin, LVS Oxford’s Head Girl. Competition entries were auctioned at the end of the event and the auction added £80 to the takings, bringing the total raised for Macmillan cancer support to £218.
Parents and carers speak positively about the ways in which staff promote positive behaviour. One said “staff are very caring, they talk to students positively and handle things fairly”