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Enterprise Day

Students at George Mitchell School enjoyed a day of educational enterprise recently, when they took part in ‘Enterprise Week’.

Enterprise Week is a national programme of events that highlights the importance of enterprise skills and is held every year in November.  

Deputy Headteacher, Claire Kirwin said, “As a secondary school we have always looked at the education of the whole child which includes extra-curricular events and activities as well as the academic curriculum that all schools follow.  Our extra-curricular programme includes careers, health and relationships, communications, team work, and using our own initiative. An event like this gives students the opportunity to experience something really different.”  

The Primary Phase of the All-Through school enjoyed a visit from The Puzzle Company, The Junk Orchestra, Go-Karting and a Punch and Judy show. Pupils also made cakes, Christmas decorations, snow domes, cards, and mouse mats.

The Secondary Phase were involved in Enterprise Challenges set and run by our local Education Business Partnership, as well as a social enterprise challenge organised by their own Design Technology team, which included making wooden planters. 

For other students a Murder Mystery event was staged, where the students looked at forensic evidence and police interviews to find the culprit ‘who dared to murder Mrs Jeffery’, the Headteacher, while others were set sporting challenges organised by the Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme.

At the end of their busy day, the planters, cup cakes and Christmas cards were delivered by hand to the Aspray House care home, a local home for the elderly, near to George Mitchell School. 

Nicola, the care home’s events organiser, took George Mitchell students on a tour of the well-resourced home. Students were able to meet some of the residents. 

Hulya Erdal, a professional Chef who teaches at George Mitchell said, “It was a great opportunity for the students to meet some elders and see what it's like in a care home. The residents were really excited and pleased to see the children and were delighted to receive the planters.”

Reflecting on the day, Claire Kirwin said,” It was a great success!  Fun, educational and of course we will do it all again next year.”