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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Maryport students in next round of business competition

A teacher is incredibly proud of students who have booked their place in the next round of a business competition.

Netherhall business students photo
Ben Hall and Faye Watson with Netherhall School’s educational board game

Netherhall School were crowned county runner-up county and took the prize for best company presentation at the Young Enterprise Cumbria awards at Carlisle Racecourse.

The Maryport-based school has a fine history in the competition, having taken part for more than 15 years.

The pupils will now travel to the MetroCentre Marriott hotel in Gateshead to compete against teams from Cumbria and the North East on June 12.

Link teacher Janet Carter said: “I was very nervous because I knew how well they can do when there’s no pressure.

“I was sitting there not wanting to look, and the headteacher and sixth-form headteacher were there. We were all squealing with pride.

“I’m incredibly proud of them, like a mother hen. I could have burst with pride.”

The group designed a board game aimed at helping year six students to revise for exams.

Topics include maths, English, French and science, and players move around the board asking questions and giving answers.

The team had to present a four-minute powerpoint display and subsequently won the best company presentation award, as well as making their way to the next round.

Another successful west Cumbrian entry was the Retro-vation team from Whitehaven Academy.

The group’s aim was to take old-fashioned products and reinvent them with modern twist.

Despite not making it to the next round they took the award for the best trade stand.

Post-16 deputy head Gareth Bell was delighted with the accomplishment.

Mr Bell said: “We were very proud of them and really pleased with how they did. They get the skills that are needed in a company, like time management, planning, and talking with other people.

“It was a really good day. They had some really good products and a very pleasant-looking trade stand.”

The overall winner of the Cumbrian section was DIGIPI from Nelson Thomlinson School in Wigton.

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