Enterprise Specialism

Our Vision:

We believe that an enterprising student will develop and demonstrate the key skills and competencies to put our students in good stead for future life challenges. In 2012/13, the profile of Enterprise across the Academy is going to be developed even further with external links being used as a tool to share experiences and to inspire our students even more. Charity links are also going to be a focus for the new academic year to enhance the moral values of our students. Enterprise at HAM is definitely about providing our students with as many exciting opportunities that develops their skills sets, to become engaged in Academy life and to be successful citizens of their communities.

2012/13 Provisions:

  • P16 Enterprise Day (September)
  • Bronze, Silver & Gold awards (Termly basis)
  • GEW 2012 (November)
  • Women in Enterprise events (Girls night in- November) (Fashion Show- February)
  • Men in Enterprise events (details to follow)
  • HAM Shop- Interfaculty Competition (Termly basis)
  • HAM Jobs (Termly)
  • Charity fund raisers
  • Sports Day Enterprise Challenge (June)

Review of 2011

In the last academic year, students took part in the HAM Shop. This was an opportunity for the Faculties to take over the shop and sell their items in competition to make the most profit. All faculties did extremely well and proved popular amongst HAM customers with special mentions to the Blue Faculty for their ‘Blue Bakery’, Red Faculty for ‘Urban Charms & Urban Wrap’, Green Faculty for ‘Green Reem Keyrings’ and to the Yellow Faculty for their sports & book store. The HAM Shop is a valuable opportunity for the students to gain an insight into retailing and develop the skills involved in process. The level of enthusiasm and professionalism from the students (both sellers & customers) was excellent. Next year’s program of events is set to be even more imaginative and competitive.

In November, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) was marked with an enterprise themed week for all students. Highlights from this excellent week were the Professional Actor workshop, Women in Enterprise, Stock Market Challenge, HAMprentice and the excellent subject lessons which were GEW themed which gave students the opportunity to take part in the Skills Card Challenge.

What did our students say about their enterprise opportunities from last year?

Women in Enterprise: On 16th November 2011, during Global Entrepreneurship Week we took part in the Women in Enterprise event. This is an annual event that has been arranged; however Miss Ampah and Miss Parsons upped the game with well over 70 female students from years 7 to 11 that attended the event. We co-hosted the event together and were extremely grateful for the opportunity. We listened and spoke to three enterprising and inspiring women; Dina Andreou (owner of super salon- Amai) Edith Victoria (Editor at The Sun) and Eva Simpson (All Thingz Nice- owner). We learnt about how they got where they are today, how important education is and how being successful is hard work but worth it. We enjoyed being able to interact with them and learning how we can achieve our aims and ambitions for the future. It was an eye opener and exciting to see such strong and determined women sharing their stories with us.

Kayleigh Bonnel & Amber Scott-Mills (Red Faculty)

 

Stock Market Challenge: During Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 we went to an event in the hall with Mr Howson and Mr Manchester.  We worked in teams of four to make exciting business decisions. We bought and sold shares in companies and worked on a realistic trading floor environment. During the Stock Market Challenge I learnt how to work in a team and how to take big risks- which was really hard as we have to predict future news stories that would affect share prices. As Business and Enterprise are my favorite subjects I certainly enjoyed the event as I was able to demonstrate my enterprise skills and work with new people; we were successful and came 3rd out of 12 trading groups and turned £15,000 into nearly £250,000…if only it was real money!

By Eunice Kormi (Green Faculty)

 

Curves by nature- Fashion by HAM: On the 22nd February 2012, we had our first ever fashion show ‘Curves by Nature, Fashion by HAM’ in aid of ‘Fashion Targets Breast Cancer’. More than 50 models from years 7 to 13 took part, performing to an audience of over 200. Students celebrated their enterprise and diversity through a variety of self-designed collections including Doll, 80s retro, Vintage, Geek, Cultural and Hollywood looks. Hair was expertly styled by students from Carshalton College, coordinated by Jan Childs. We raised over £300 to ‘Fashion Targets Breast Cancer’ as a result of our project.  British R&B singer, Starboy Nathan performed and made a guest appearance in the finale close to the show. This was such an exciting experience and I was awarded Miss HAM 2012 sash for my commitment, effort and determination throughout the project- I cannot wait to be involved in the next fashion show and to hand over my title to the next inspiring Miss HAM 2013.

By Natasha Alfred (Red Faculty)

Curves by Nature

 

Zaira Parsons

Cross Curricular Strand Leader for Enterprise Specialism

parsonsz@harrismerton.org.uk

 

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