Pupils Set Up Sustainable Enterprises & Host First Eco Fair

Year 6 pupils from Trinity Primary School took part in their first Enterprise Week, led by local marketing agency The Creative Duck which culminated in an eco-friendly school fair on Friday after school.

The students were briefed to design, market and sell an eco-friendly product or run a game at the school fair, with all profits going towards the school. Joey McGinn from The Creative Duck said, “Pupils aged 10 and 11 worked in groups, coming up with a strong idea that prioritises sustainability, zero waste and biodegradable packaging, while also appealing to their fellow pupils in order to make the most profit for the school.”

Each team was given a small pot of money (£30) donated by Friends of Trinity School (FOTS) PTA. The week kicked off with a series of workshops with The Creative Duck’s Sarah Gilbert and Joey McGinn, who are also parents at the school. Pupils learnt the basics of creating a product from scratch, why sustainability matters in business, budgeting and profit, and how to create a ‘sticky’ marketing campaign. In teams, they brainstormed ideas and pitched them back to for feedback, before refining them, sourcing materials, planning the budget, and finally, creating the products to sell to fellow pupils at the fair.

Sarah said, “Stalls ranged from upcycling junk to create a game that raises awareness about ocean plastics, healthy fruit kebabs, painted pebbles, mocktails in biodegradable cups, hair braiding and eco-friendly tattoos. Each team carefully tallied up their costs and worked out pricing in order to make the most profit for the school.   Not all the teams spent their £30, some spent as little as £5 and they raised an incredible £160 after all costs which will be donated to the FOTS PTA in just over half an hour!”

The teams will sell their wares in July and the teachers and The Creative Duck team will judge an overall winner, based on profit, sustainability, creativity, effort, and reflection.

Trinity pupil Harry Armstrong said, It’s been really fun, and it’s made me think about what people need to do to run a business properly. It has made me feel much more creative and more confident for later in life. I’ve learnt it isn’t easy to be sustainable, but it’s got to be done. Looking at how much plastic there is, and thinking of it from another angle, makes me feel inspired to try and change that in the future, so one day when the world can be clean and you don’t have to worry about climate change and those big problems.”

Charles Ellison, Head of Year 6, explained, “They’ve had to learn to work together, which is something that has been so difficult for them this year. They’ve been creative, they’ve had to use a great range of skills and they’re going to take so much away from this experience – we’ve probably got some young entrepreneurs here who will go on to do great things.  It will be interesting to see how they balance profitability with sustainability. You can see some were interested in the money but they need to be prioritising sustainability, as all businesses should.”