Students market their brainwaves

17:00, Jul 03 2014

An emergency kit for girls, raspberry body-butter and bench seats made out of old railway sleepers will be on sale at a trade fair run by high school students tomorrow.

The annual fair will feature students from New Plymouth Girls' High School and Francis Douglas Memorial College who are involved in the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES). It will be held at Centre City.

Hawera High School students will hold their fair at Hawera's Saturday market, New Plymouth Girls' High School YES teacher Ryan Peters said.

Seven or eight teams will be selling their products.

YES requires students to form a company then brainstorm a product, he said. They then work out a business plan.

"The fair is five weeks earlier this year than normal so some of the teams aren't quite ready. Usually this happens in term three."

Among the products on sale tomorrow will be a coffee-based scrub, scented and flavoured teas, playdough and mineral water.

Caitlin Megaw, 18, who is chief executive of the girls' high Fammica team, said they were selling two kinds of emergency kits - one for girls, one for weddings. "During the day at school someone sneezes and needs tissues and no-one has any. Someone has a headache and needs a Panadol and they don't have any. So we thought we could have a kit that has everything you need."

Francis Douglas has three companies involved with YES, but just one will be at the trade fair - Railway Creations will be selling outdoor bench seats made out of recycled railway sleepers.

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