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Priory School youngsters sell handmade gifts at Christchurch pop-up shop
9:25am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
ENTERPRISING pupils from a Christchurch primary school have set-up shop in the town centre.
Every youngster at The Priory School in Christchurch has taken a turn as shopkeeper in the school's pop-up shop in Church Street as part of Entrepreneur Week.
Thanks to the landlord of the empty unit, Majid Azzeddinand allowing the school to use the space, youngsters, teachers and parents have been hard at work setting up and selling handcrafted gifts.
The pupils have made Christmas cards, Christmas wreaths, cushions and calendars as well as learning how to deal with customers and working out change at the till.
Each youngster was offered £1 from the school budget on loan and as a class they had to come with an idea which would sell.
While many chose Christmas, some wanted to focus on Remembrance Sunday.
Head teacher Claire King said: “I am an avid fan of The Apprentice and thought of the idea one evening last term while watching the programme.
“The landlord was thrilled at the idea of our Entrepreneur Week and happy to support the project.
“It is great to be part of the local community and we have really felt a key part of it on the first day of opening.
“It's lovely to see how the local businesses support each other and to hear the interaction between the shopkeepers.
“The children are very engaged with the project and for us it has been a positive and exciting project to run and I would recommend it to other schools.
“The children are all hopeful that each class will make a profit. The deal I made with them at the beginning of the project was that they would endeavour to pay back the £30 they had loaned.”
Chair of governors Judy Jamieson said: “I am so proud of all the Priory School having the initiative for this project.
“The money from the retail unit, some it will go to the Poppy Appeal.”