Today's Builders - Tomorrow's Leaders
HARTFORD HOMES TEAMS WITH BUCHAN SCHOOL AND KING WILLIAMS COLLEGE IN BUILDING COMPETITION TO HELP EDUCATE LOCAL STUDENTS CASTLETOWN, ISLE OF MAN
Local students from the Buchan School and King Williams College learned valuable and practical lessons as part of a Lego-building competition and Enterprise event, sponsored by Hartford Homes and organised by the Friends at Buchan committee.
The competition '“ Today's Builders/Tomorrow's Leaders '“ called for children aged 6'“11, to build a Lego creation that they thought was original. The children were allowed 40 minutes to use their box of Lego to complete their masterpiece before being judged by the Hartford Homes representatives. Event organiser and Friend's at Buchan committee member, Mrs Jenni Cole commented, 'Watching the sense of community, spirit and support amongst all of the children was very humbling. We can all learn so much from them'.
The competition was held in conjunction with Year 5 & 6 Buchan and Lower 6th Form King William's College Enterprise students. Stress balls, strawberries dipped into a chocolate fountain, pet bedding and mini piggy lights were amongst some of the goods on offer. The proceeds from the Enterprise students will be donated to various charities and some re-invested into their own Enterprise Company. The students from King William's College are taking part in the Isle of Man JA Company Programme to gain experience in running a company and to raise funds for '˜The Children's Centre' and '˜Save the Children'; all of their profits are being donated to these charities.
'It was important to build a creative outlet for the children that would be both fun and educational,' said Mrs Nicole Ellis, Friends at Buchan Chair. 'The Enterprise Students experienced a real taste of the business world', she added.
The Lego entries were judged by Hartford Homes' Architect, Mr George Li along with Mr James Greenhalgh and Mr Norman Greenhalgh, Directors of Hartford Homes. They said, 'All the children have done so well, especially given the time constraints. However, we were particularly impressed with the thought, efforts, creativity and indeed, research and planning that had gone in to the competition winners'.
Mr Hock Chan, of Chan Law, spoke with students and provided practical advice and constructive feedback on their business ideas.
Head Teacher for the Buchan, Mrs Alison Hope-Hedley, said 'This was such a wonderful learning experience for the pupils; covering a broad range of skills linked to the production of the final design. I was so impressed with the preparation that the children had done and importantly the commitment shown during the event. My thanks to Hartford Homes and the Friends at Buchan team for giving our pupils this opportunity and adding a business perspective to the event'.
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