Colourful thinking helps pupils win £1k

Pupils from Shiremoor Primary School get their trophy and certificate from NBS chief executive Andrew Haigh (back row, centre) and the rest of the judging panel. Picture by Lawrenson & Grebby Photography.

Pupils from Shiremoor Primary School get their trophy and certificate from NBS chief executive Andrew Haigh (back row, centre) and the rest of the judging panel. Picture by Lawrenson & Grebby Photography.

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A colourful idea helped a group of students come out on top in a regional competition.

The pupils from Shiremoor Primary School competed against north east schools in Newcastle Building Society’s fourth annual Boardroom Charity Challenge.

The nine and ten-year-olds were asked to develop business ideas focusing on benefiting their local community while also making a profit.

The eight-strong Shiremoor team won their way into the competition’s final with their idea for a Kaleidoscope Fun Run event that would be held in the Rising Sun Country Park, with the money they would raise by staging the event going to St Oswald’s Hospice.

And judges gave them the top prize – £1,000 to help put their ideas into practice.

Plans are beginning to be put in place to stage the colour fun run in the autumn, with nearby Holystone and Backworth Park primary schools being invited to get involved too.

Teaching assistant Sally Clarke, who worked alongside assistant headteacher Leigh Elsaghier in supporting the Shiremoor team’s participation in the competition, said: “The team put a lot of work into both developing their idea for the Kaleidoscope Fun Run, and practising their presentation to make it as polished as they possibly could.

“Walking into the Newcastle’s boardroom and standing in front of the judges was quite a daunting experience to begin with, but the atmosphere was really welcoming, the team’s enthusiasm for their idea really shone through and they conducted themselves fantastically.

“When the team’s name was called out, everyone was absolutely speechless – it’s a brilliant achievement for everyone involved, and there’s already lots of excitement about putting the event on later in the year.”

Natalie Falkous, head of corporate social responsibility at Newcastle Building Society, said: “The standard of our Boardroom Charity Challenge finalists was quite amazing, and a huge amount of thought, research and creativity has clearly gone into every team’s entry.

“The Shiremoor team gave a terrific presentation – they thoroughly deserved their success, and we’re looking forward to seeing their event taking place in the autumn.”