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Year 10 Business students win Stock Market Challenge


Congratulations to year 10 students Jared Upright, Lewis Roberts, Lloyd Evans, Shaun Grainger and Brandon Webb who last week won the South Wales Stock Market Challenge at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Working in teams, their task was to manage a fund of shares and foreign currency by interpreting information and investing in the markets.  The team with the highest total fund at the closing bell of the competition were the winners.

You can read more about the event on the Cardiff Met website and on the website for the Stock Market Challenge.

Thanks to Cardiff Met for the picture and hosting the day.

Y Pant Business Studies Students Visit Perkin Elmer

Year 13 Business Studies group recently visited local business PerkinElmer in preparation for their final examination. The research theme the students are investigating is ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’. Perkin Elmer are a global company with a factory located in Llantrisant Business Park, they manufacture scientific equipment – see www.perkinelmer.co.uk for more information about the business.
Y Pant has enjoyed strong links with the business for many years and visit on a regular basis. Jackie and Grant (Human Resources PerkinElmer) produced a presentation for year 13 students in relation to ‘CSR’ at PerkinElmer. Recent CSR developments by the business include working towards minimising waste, offering help to Japan with the recover from the recent Tsunami and investing in employee development.
Students found the presentation informative, interesting and relevant to their individual studies. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation – an opportunity that both Tom Grother and Matthew Bartlett took full advantage of!

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Y Pant Team Win £500 in the Stock Market Challenge

A group of year 10 pupils (Morgan Rees, Sam Jarvis, Josh Jones, Liam Upright and Matt Naden) attended UWIC’s Cardiff School of Management on 7th April to take part in the Stock Market Challenge. Pupils worked in teams through a week of simulated trading on the stock market, making decisions under pressure, taking calculated risks and experiencing the excitement of the trading floor.

The boys competed against 16 other schools from across South East Wales, also taking part were a team of Bank Managers, a team of teachers and a team of staff from UWIC School of Management. After much trading and some fantastic team work the boys ended the weeks trading in first place having generated a portfolio value of £117,000 – this was more than second and third place added together!

Throughout the activity the team from Y Pant demonstrated excellent problem-solving, communication and analytical skills and at no stage did they panic or lose focus of the task.

As a result the team managed to win £15 vouchers for themselves and £500 for the Business Studies Department!

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Y Pant Visits UWIC Business Taster Day

Twenty year 10 pupils attended UWIC’s Cardiff School of Management on 28th March to take part in a business taster day.

Pupils attended workshops on entrepreneurship and marketing as well as having an opportunity to experience careers in the finance sector. All pupils performed well throughout the day and came up with some great responses to the tasks set.

Y Pant Business Studies Students Visit Sigma3 Kitchens

Sigma3 Kitchens logoYear 13 students visited a second local business in the space of a week. This time students visited Sigma3 kitchens in Llantrisant Business Park – www.sigma3.co.uk. The company manufacture kitchens for retail throughout the UK. Students were welcomed to the business by Director Elizabeth and Brian Lakin. Students were taken on a factory tour and given a presentation explaining how the business has developed over the years – including how business managed to recover from a factory fire in 1985, marketing strategies used and operating in a tough economic climate.
Students took part in a quiz with Tom Grother winning the £10 prize for best performance. Finally the group were treated to lunch before leaving. Another worthwhile visit in preparation for the students final examination.

Young Enterprise Success for the Business Studies Department

Young Enterprise Rhondda Taff Ely Area Board Final 2008

Tuesday 18th March at the Heritage Park Hotel

Y Pant students have been involved in the Young Enterprise Company Programme for the past 12 months. This has involved the pupils running their own business and dealing with both the successes and difficulties that have arisen. The running of the businesses has been overseen by Miss Jayne Gavaghan (Head of Business Studies) and Jackie Thomas (Business Advisor from Perkin Elmer).
The Area Board Final required students to :

  • design a Trade Stand to promote their product to judges and other Young Enterprise competitors,
  • Submit a Company Report with interim accounts and
  • Give a 5 minute presentation to judges, other competitors and visitors.
Schools from across RCT attended the Area Final, all entering one team each, with Y Pant entering two teams, ‘The Pink Elephants and ‘Spirit Dance Squad’.

Spirit Dance Squad’ realised early on that Alex Hessy-White as a trained dance teacher could be something to develop a business around. The group was formed and job roles were assigned according to their strengths,

  • Bethan Pritchard & Amy Davies – Managing Director,
  • Bailey Davies – Finance and Design,
  • Alix Crothers – Secretary,
  • Gemma Cooper – Dance Coach and
  • Alex Hessy-White – Head Dance Coach.
The group approached E3+ co-ordinators and as a result took part in a successful promotional day in July 2007. The girls received good responses from their year 6, 7 and 8 customers who praised their enthusiasm and level of commitment. The lessons provided much fun and proved a very profitable venture for the team (generating £1000 revenue for 6 months of trading!).
The Pink Elephants’ were very well organised straight from the start allowing them to seize an opportunity to develop a leavers DVD for year 6 students. Team members decided to develop the product with their old primary school – Pontyclun Primary. Roles were allocated as follows;

  • Charlotte Smith – Managing Director,
  • Georgina Heard – Finance Manager,
  • Tom Rowlands – ICT Manager,
  • Greg Robinson – ICT Advisor,
  • Bethan Smyth – Sales Manager,
  • Tom White & Kate Prior – Sales Advisors,
  • Lois Payne – Marketing Manager and
  • Steph Lamerton – Marketing Advisor.

The DVD proved to be a successful venture but the team refused to stop there! The Pink Elephants’ went on to create links with youth leaders at Bethal Baptist Church to help them raise the profile of their own ‘Agape Café’. The team promoted and organised a gig with huge success. A second gig was then organised proving once again that The Pink Elephants’ had winning elements. The team have future plans to organise more gigs, repeat the success of the DVD sales with a new year 6 Cohort and sit their GCSE exams in the next few months!

Area Board Final – Results

Prizes were awarded on the day for ‘Best Company Report’, ‘Best Trade Stand’ and ‘Best Presentation’.

Y Pant took away two of the three Awards;

‘Best Company Report’The Pink Elephants’

‘Best Trade Stand’ – ‘Spirit Dance Squad’

The Pink Elephants’ also progressed through to the next stage of the competition as a ‘Young Enterprise Winner’. The next stage is the Strategic Board Area Finals in May where they will meet winners from other Area Board Finals.
“The students involved have shown enthusiasm and dedication to this project and have achieved success for all their hard work. I have been really pleased with the level of commitment and the professional approach of students. I’m sure I have witnessed the first business experience of many managers and entrepreneurs of the future! Well done to all the students who have taken part.” (Miss Gavaghan)

Further information about Young Enterprise at Y Pant can be found on the Business Studies website.