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News: Pupils and printers join forces to celebrate school’s big 50

Posted on: November 17th, 2008

Pupils from Sitwell Infants celebrated its 50th birthday by raising nearly £400 for the school with the help of a local business.

Children from years one, two and three helped to organise a jamboree in the Rotherham school’s main hall and put into practice the enterprise skills they have been learning from a special partnership with Templeborough-based Horner Brothers Print Group.

The pupils created games and products and baked buns to sell to fellow classmates and guests to generate income. They even used marketing skills by visiting different classes to attract them to their stalls.

And one of the biggest sellers was the range of Christmas cards that students designed in class, which were then printed by Horner Brothers for free!

The partnership between Sitwell Infants and Horner Brothers is part of Rotherham Ready’s Make £5 Blossom project, which enables firms to share their experience and develop enterprise skills in local schools. A total of £150 is loaned to the school for students to establish their own business initiatives.

Kate Shaw, deputy head teacher at Sitwell Infant School, said:

“Turning 50 is quite a momentous occasion for us and we’re delighted to be able to celebrate in such an exciting way for our pupils and raise so much money into the bargain.

“The whole school is really involved in the Make £5 Blossom programme and Horner Brothers have been excellent in engaging the pupils in enterprise and developing their entrepreneurial skills.

“The children really enjoy learning about enterprise and the support from Horner Brothers and Rotherham Ready is wonderful.”

John Fox, director of Horner Brothers, who attended the jamboree and helped out behind the stalls, said:

“We enjoy interacting with the pupils at Sitwell and we’re thrilled to be able to help them raise money for their school.

“They are a really enthusiastic and proactive bunch and it’s wonderful to see the imagination and creativity that has gone into the jamboree and celebrating their 50th birthday.

“There are definitely some budding entrepreneurs at Sitwell Infants.”

John and his colleague Christine Mullen brought 900 Christmas cards for the children to sell and have invited pupils to the Horner Brothers factory to get a behind-the-scenes look into its operations.

Jackie Frost, Rotherham Ready’s project manager who also attended Sitwell’s jamboree, said:

“The jamboree is a wonderful example of the different ways in which people can be entrepreneurial and the excellent partnership with Horner Brothers is exactly what the Make £5 Blossom project is all about.

“John and his company are providing brilliant support and advice for students to learn from and it is inspiring to see them coming up with so many successful enterprise ideas.”