The proms are a long way off for these students – but if the food deliveries go pear-shaped at the 11th hour, they have what it takes to step in and turn around a successful event.
Georgia Flint, Ollie Pelley, Liam Dorey, Sam Clayton and Yolande Muzondo, of Crookhorn College of Technology, designed a delicious Caribbean-themed event in just one day and came first in a Natwest school prom catering competition.
The budding entrepreneurs beat 160 Year 9 youngsters at the Waterlooville school who took part in the bank’s Moneysense challenge to plan and design menus as well as organise food supplies and catering on time and to budget.
As catering manager, Georgia, 13, was responsible for choosing a choice of starters, mains and desserts for 100 people with a £600 budget.
She says: ‘We had a fun theme which worked in our favour, and I chose a range of flavoured rice, meat and vegetable dishes with fruit kebabs for dessert.
‘The experience gave me a real sense of what catering involves – it’s not as simple as it seems!
‘What I particularly enjoyed was working with students I hardly knew. We all gelled well and had a good range of different skills which helped us pull off a great presentation.’
Ollie, 13, was manager. He says: ‘My job was keeping an eye on things and ensuring everyone worked to their full potential.
‘It was pretty stressful but the key was to stay calm!
‘When our prom comes round I’ll have a much greater appreciation of all the calculations, organisation and ideas that go into just one aspect of it.’
Connie Farnie, manager of Natwest’s Petersfield branch, says she was impressed with the creativity of the students, who came up with a range of themes including vintage and Italian.
She says: ‘It’s been great to see the teamwork displayed by the members of the different “companies” and to watch their self-confidence grow as the day went on.
‘The importance of financial capability for young people cannot be underestimated as it’s essential they are equipped with the skills and confidence required to make decisions in adult life.’
Sally Duncan, personal development learning manager at Crookhorn, adds: ‘This has been a great activity, which the young people have really enjoyed – their ideas and hard work were tremendous!’