Youngsters show romantic side

LOVE ME TENDER The Year 8 team that won the Valentine Ball tender competition. Clockwise from front, James Welland, 12, Annabel Coe, 13, Natasha Jones, 12, MoneySense coach Carol Mitchell, Harriet George, 12, senior bank manager Joe Hunter and Emily Gaizley, 12.
LOVE ME TENDER The Year 8 team that won the Valentine Ball tender competition. Clockwise from front, James Welland, 12, Annabel Coe, 13, Natasha Jones, 12, MoneySense coach Carol Mitchell, Harriet George, 12, senior bank manager Joe Hunter and Emily Gaizley, 12.
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PUPILS at Purbrook Park School served up a Valentine’s Day treat when they took on the challenge of putting together a bid for a romantic ball.

The 180 Year 8 Waterlooville pupils posed as catering companies and put together a bid for a Valentine’s Day themed ball.

With the help of Natwest managers, the 12 and 13-year-olds divided into groups to tender for the contract, and plan and design menus, as well as the supply and serving of the food, before being judged on their quality and value for money.

Becky Gransden, assistant head at the school, said: ‘This was a great activity, which the young people really enjoyed.

‘It’s very important that they gain basic money management skills and have the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial and creative abilities.’

Joe Hunter, NatWest’s senior bank manager for Portsmouth, said: ‘We’ve had a fantastic time and we’ve been really impressed with the creativity and business acumen the young people have shown.’