Portsmouth pupils use the art of recycling to make gifts for charity

CRAFTY From left, Jemima Haydon, 13, Georgia Henderson, 14, Cicely Podmore, 14 and Becca Golton, 14, with recycled bags.  Picture: Sarah Standing (131191-5035)
CRAFTY From left, Jemima Haydon, 13, Georgia Henderson, 14, Cicely Podmore, 14 and Becca Golton, 14, with recycled bags. Picture: Sarah Standing (131191-5035)

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STUDENTS have turned old tablecloths into bags and bottle tops into badges as part of an enterprise project at their school.

Youngsters at Portsmouth Grammar School have been taking part in The Faith and Football Social Enterprise Challenge.

They decided to use recycled items and turn them into gifts in a bid to make money for the Faith and Football charity.

Other novel gifts included dice and buttons which were made into earrings, and model houses made out of skirting boards and old wine racks.

The challenge is for Year 9 secondary school students who create a company made up of teams.

They then planned and developed a trading business over a four-month period.

Students were required to demonstrate enterprise skills including teamwork, communication, problem solving, risk taking, sales and marketing together with financial and economic literacy.

The girls’ business has been called Evergreen.

And pupil Georgia Henderson, 14, said it’s helped her hugely.

‘It’s really helped all of us decide what we want to do at GCSE and further on,’ she said.

‘I enjoyed it. I would like to run my own business. I have learnt a lot. I’m better at working as part of a team and I have more trust in people. I have even more skills which could help in putting a business together in the future.

‘I would like to do more craft stuff and it’s just made me consider what I wouldn’t normally consider as a career option.’

The four Year 9 students sold the gifts at school, at the Meridian Shopping Centre in Havant and at Cascades Shopping Centre in Portsmouth.

So far they have made £683 for the charity.

The prize for the winning team is a visit to India to see at first-hand the work of Faith and Football in the country.

Georgia added: ‘It was two sets of best friends coming together.

‘We are now all best friends and we are constantly together.

‘We all had the same ambitions. We all wanted the same things.

‘It has been such a great experience.

‘I would definitely recommend it to everyone.

‘The biggest challenge was managing it with our general school life. It’s been non-stop.

‘You have to sacrifice some things to do your best in this challenge.’

To find out more and to read the girls’ blog, visit evergreenforever.com.