Sutton Schools’ Challenge

On Thursday 2nd July 2015 at Birmingham Metropolitan College (Sutton Coldfield Campus) students from a number of local schools took part in the Sutton Schools’ Challenge. Teams were formed of students from Arthur Terry, Bishop Walsh, Bishop Vesey, Plantsbrook, Fairfax, John Willmott and Sutton Girls. With each team consisting of one student from each school the first challenge was getting to know one another and building a cohesive team. Students rose to the challenge and soon teams were busy assigning roles and making plans for the day. Once acquainted teams were presented with the main challenge: to produce a product aimed at helping Year 6 students manage the transition to secondary school. Not only did they have to produce a model of their idea they had to market this with an advert and sales pitch, all in one day! Various mobile phone apps, calendars and a school satchel were designed and presented through thoughtful and clever pitches, humorous and eye-catching adverts. Congratulations to the winning team who produced the LIFE mobile phone application promoting the message ‘learning is fun everyday’. Special mention goes to the Friend Finder team who were judged to show the greatest teamwork and the School Survival Kit team awarded the most innovative idea. Sixth form students from Arthur Terry School took the role of facilitators for each group and were so effective at supporting their team the teachers present were left with nothing to do but admire the teams’ dedication to the challenge. Throughout the day all students showed enthusiasm, confidence and a real insight into the needs of students as they begin life as a Year 7. Their time management, organisation and ability to communicate effectively as a team lead to impressive pitches from all teams. It is a testament to the students’ skills as effective collaborators that every team designed, modelled and pitched a product all in one day.