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Photo of the SMMA team in the national final of the Real Business Challenge
The SMMA team in the national final of the Real Business Challenge

SMMA pupils reach final of national business competition

23 February 2017

Well done to Ms Forman’s team of business studies pupils who recently visited the Oval to take part in the national final of the Real Business Challenge.

Although our Year 9 entrepreneurs didn’t take home the £1000 first prize, they had already beaten tough competition to get this far – seeing off more than 125 London schools and 100,000 pupils nationwide, to earn their place in the final.

And their performance on the day was excellent. The challenge was themed around the Special Olympics 2017. Our team had two tasks: to present a fundraising idea that could support an Islington athlete at the Olympics, and to create a communications strategy to raise awareness of the Special Olympics among Islington residents.

Our students were inspired by the challenge:

Lefteris K said: ‘I was CEO of the fundraising team. We had to work under a lot of time pressure to get all the tasks completed before the presentation.’

Clive Begu said: ‘Taking part has helped me become more confident at public speaking, and to feel less shy in front of crowds.’

And Glen Vorpsi added: ‘It gave me a great experience of managing different tasks at the same time.’

A second SMMA team led by Ms Merry also reached a high stage in the competition. Both teams would like to thank Anisa Jamil and Deloitte for all their help and support.

Our Business Studies Department are rightly proud of their students’ achievement: this is the sixth successive year in which SMMA students have reached the top tiers of major national business competitions!

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