Pupils Really Are the Business

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Pupils Really Are the Business


CHILDREN from a Gateshead school will be taking to the catwalk after coming top of the class in Newcastle Building Society's fifth Boardroom Charity Challenge.

The Year Five pupils from Lingey House Primary School beat rivals from seven other schools across the North East in the annual event, which asks its young participants to develop business ideas that focus on benefiting their local community while also making a profit. Each school presented their ideas to a panel of senior business figures in Newcastle Building Society's boardroom, with the Lingey House team's plan to stage a Funky Fashion Show winning them PS1,000 first prize offered by the Newcastle to help them put their plans into action.

The Lingey House children will use the prize money to buy plain T-shirts and canvas bags, which they will sell to their schoolmates to decorate and personalise as they wish. Their creations will then be revealed at a fashion show that the school is hoping to stage in the autumn in the nearby Gateshead College Theatre, with all the money raised going to the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle.

The team from Valley Gardens Middle School in Whitley Bay finished in the runner-up spot. The Boardroom Charity Challenge is an ongoing financial education programme developed by the building society which aims to help young people learn about becoming more financially independent.

It forms part of a six-week-long curriculum-based learning package that teaches core numeracy and literacy skills, and has so far helped more than 2,000 children in schools right across the North East learn more about how to manage money and develop their IT and presentation skills.

The Boardroom Charity Challenge is an extension of the Society's wider financial education commitment, which sees it providing free seminars to Society members who want to learn more about how to manage their money. …

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