Q: What do a dog bandanna, original art, a pumpkin scone, and a biodegradable plant pot all have in common?
A: Our students marketed, produced, and sold them as a part of our inaugural Market Day!
The idyllic Wairoa campus hummed with productive energy from 7am on March 26th, as student stallholders worked to deliver a successful event, showcasing their newfound abilities in activities such as coffee making, sausage sizzling, chicken frying, and chopping board manufacturing.
As part of the Term 1 Occupations, students worked in small groups to offer goods and services. These included strawberry jam, smoothies, and ice-cream topping; Korean fried chicken; a sausage sizzle; bubble tea; baked goods; potted succulents… to name a few!
A rich learning opportunity, our Market Day was a fantastic example of Montessori adolescent education. Our younger students developed hospitality skills as part of Feeding the Community occupation, and will put these to extended use in the Tastes of the World Festival early next term. Year 8’s have been focussed in the Productive Garden occupation, and their sales will feed back into this. The Occupation for older students was Production and Exchange. As well as studying some basic principles of economics, they brainstormed, designed, and delivered their pop-up business ideas, considering saleability, deliverability, and environmental sustainability.
A key group of younger students managed the money on the day, capably handling cash and, for the first time, cash-less transactions. Several stalls sold out, and around $2500 changed hands. There are plenty of calculations still to do to figure out profit, and decisions to make about community money. We didn’t get everything right, so there were lots of debriefing points to consider and work on for next time. We need to get the bin systems working properly, and there were lots of new stall ideas as well as talk of music and children’s entertainment. The learning continues to be rich indeed.
Keep your eyes out for more examples of Wairoa students in action: we are planning to have the Wairoa seasonal cafe back up and running in Term 2 (possibly with a hint of extra market..:) and our Coffeehouse Cabaret season is just around the corner!
“I loved the variety of things available to buy, and that so many different people of all ages came along as customers.” Ashleigh