Children face the dragons

16th November 2015

Youngsters from Pensans School braved a team of 'dragons' recently as part of their preparation for selling their own goods at a Christmas market.

After carrying out market research in the centre of Penzance, Year 5 and Year 6 children pitched their ideas to a panel of Dragons at The Workbox in Penzance looking for feedback from business professionals.

The project is taking place as part of our school's immersive learning project where children base their learning around a real outcome to promote motivation and engagement.

The friendly dragons included West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas, Cornwall councillor Tim Dwelly, Penzance BID manager Jess Golding, Janet Ross, Nigel Pengelly, Gabriel Walton, Harry Price and Sam Armondi.

The team assessed a wide variety of ingenious and potentially profitable ideas from the children which included unique fruit smoothies, recycled pencil pots, snow globes from recycled glass jars, scented candles made from leftover re-melted candle wax, a pocket pencil gadget, a logo branding marketing idea, mobile phone covers, a sport chocolate bar, recycled 'welly 'o' shoes', felt animals and necklaces.

Janet Ross said afterwards: "We all really enjoyed it. The children were marvellous and so well behaved."

With the benefit of the good advice handed out by the dragons, the Pensans entrepreneurs will now, for the first time, hold a pop up shop next month – at the former CausewayHead Furnishings store in Causewayhead on Wednesday, December 9 – where their products will be displayed and up for sale.

Pensans assistant head Tiffany Pope said: "It has been amazing to see the children develop and grow in confidence throughout this project.

"With the support of local business, and our local MP, they have had a real life experience of designing, pitching and selling their product.

"These people really are the millionaires of the future!"