THE importance of teamwork and how to run a business has firmly been planted in the minds of these pupils.
Seven students from the Harbour School, in Tipner Lane, Tipner, took part in this year’s Enterprise Challenge, which raises money for the Faith and Football charity.
They created Team Tipner – dubbed the team that grows and sells – and raised £1,051.
And one of the ways they raised that sum was by selling 170 bushes and trees that have been planted alongside a public path called Jubilee Walk, behind the school’s new sports building.
Their efforts meant they were crowned Most Outstanding team.
So far 66 trees and plants have been sold to people, who each get a certificate of ownership and a tag placed on the foliage.
Year 8 pupil Jordan Greenwood, 13, said: ‘The challenge was really fun.
‘We did car washes, a raffle and selling grass heads and held a big raffle to raise money.
‘I enjoyed learning about how to make money and just seeing how a business is run.
‘It’s brilliant we were the first group to take part in the challenge.’
And fellow pupil Kieron Austin, 13, said: ‘It was really good because we got an insight into the business world and how to make money.
‘I’m pleased with how much we raised because we were a small group. I would like to get a job in the business sector.’
The Enterprise Challenge runs from January to May and schools are encouraged to come up with business ideas, put them into practice, and then raise money.
It is the first time Harbour School has taken part and students were very successful.
Project coordinator David MacAskill said: ‘This was the first time a special school has taken part. The pupils set up their own team and then sat down to come up with fundraising ideas.
‘Some were successful, others weren’t.
‘But they learned from that and through trial and error came up with the tree idea.’
Money raised from the challenges – in which 33 schools took part – goes towards funding community projects in Goa.
Pompey legend Linvoy Primus, who heads Faith and Football, said: ‘The school has been creative in using the plants to support and encourage people to plant trees in either memory or celebration of something.
‘It’s also environmentally friendly and the greenery will be appreciated for a very long time.
‘This is an amazing achievement for them and they did spectacularly well raising the money.
‘I was really pleased to meet the students and thank them.’