Learn­ing for a do­na­tion

Coastal News - - News - By DON MACKAY Whanga­mata¯ Area School

Whanga­mata¯ Area School Year 11 Busi­ness Stud­ies class turned their learn­ing into a do­na­tion for the lo­cal St John re­cently.

The stu­dents com­pleted a unit of work ti­tled Plan and Carry out a Busi­ness Ac­tiv­ity. Their cho­sen busi­ness project was My Lunch Bag, which catered for stu­dents lunches.

This was hugely suc­cess­ful as their ini­tial tar­get of 150 lunch boxes grew to 208. The stu­dents eas­ily achieved their busi­ness plan of mak­ing a profit. The class de­cided to do­nate the earn­ings to the lo­cal St John.

At the Whanga­mata¯ St John head­quar­ters the class pre­sented Fe­lix O’car­roll of St John with a cheque from their project.

Fe­lix thanked the class for their do­na­tion and said the funds would be help­ful in run­ning their not-for-profit ser­vice.

In their stud­ies, the class com­pleted the nec­es­sary fi­nan­cial plan­ning, prod­uct cost­ing for both ma­te­ri­als and labour, mar­ket­ing re­search and prod­uct pro­mo­tion. Teacher Ian Ful­ton said that this learn­ing was real life and took the stu­dents into the nitty gritty of the busi­ness world. While at St John the stu­dents caught up on some in-house staff train­ing with a life-like man­nequin that breathes, coughs and was very hu­man­like.

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Whanga­mata¯ Area School Year 11 Busi­ness Stud­ies stu­dents at St John in Whanga­mata¯ .

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