Students hone up sales skill
"Heckling and hawking" were among the methods used by Marlborough Girls' College students during a lunch hour of all-out marketing last week.
It was part of the year 10 social studies Business Enterprise Market Day.
The 242 students involved formed 54 business groups which spread themselves around the college quad during lunch hour on Thursday.
Stalls sold a range of products including lavender bags, handmade bath bombs and soaps, slushies, ice-blocks, lollipops, cupcakes, fudge, jewellery, i-Pod cases and Christmas treats.
Social science department assistant head Libby Le Compte said the market day was a wrap-up of the year 10 business enterprise unit, which had been added to the programme this year. It involved students creating businesses in class and designing and developing products to sell.
The students had been introduced to skills and concepts such as enterprise, negotiation, collaboration, finance, marketing and innovation, she said.
Businesses had to design products to sell for less than $5, with each student donating a $1 "tax" to go towards the school's hardship fund, for students whose parents needed financial assistance for books, uniforms and school trips.
Year 10 student Maddi White said she enjoyed marketing her business, which was selling sweet treats - fudge, toffee and gingerbread men.
"I liked the marketing part of it - we had a big gingerbread man cut-out and I was running around all the stalls with it to get people to come to ours," she said.
"There was a bit of heckling and hawking."
Anya MacDonald said her group was selling anklets for $2 each, or three for $5, but after discovering four other stalls selling the same product, they quickly dropped theirs down to $1 each, or three for $2.
The businesses brought in profits ranging from $30 to more than $100, Mrs Le Compte said.
Students got to keep the profits but some had donated their money to the community.
- The Marlborough Express