Computing students are hoping for their most successful year yet as they launch the department’s annual fundraising project to support The Children’s Trust.
The Level 1 students are starting to make Christmas cards today (November 13), which they will sell in college on Tuesday next week (November 21), as well as selling sweets and holding a raffle for a festive chocolate hamper.
The students have set themselves a fundraising target of £700, which tutor Denise Portman said is the department’s most ambitious yet.
The project combines three units on the Level 1 course, and helps students learn skills ranging from time management and communication to customer service, teamwork and problem solving.
“The students have set themselves a really challenging fundraising target, but they’re determined to reach it,” Denise said.
“One of the great things about this project is the range of skills that the students learn and develop, from the very specific to the broader skills like being able to think creatively.
“It also gives them the opportunity to have a real business context for what we’re learning, and every year I find that students surprise themselves with new strengths they didn’t know they had.”
The students are aiming to make at least 400 Christmas cards, which they will sell to students, staff, families, governors, visitors and members of the public.
So far, the students have researched The Children’s Trust, done market research on Christmas cards, created a pricing strategy, planned their expenditure, and planned how to sell and market their cards.
The class also worked together on a presentation, and on Tuesday last week (November 7) made a Dragons’ Den-style pitch to senior members of staff for investment to purchase materials.
Frances Rutter, Principal and CEO of the college, praised the students for the quality of their presentation, and described it as the highlight of her week.
She added: “The students had taken the pitch really seriously, and I was very impressed by how thorough it was and how well they’d prepared.
“I could see how hard they’ve worked and how much they’ve learnt already, and I’m sure they’ll go on to achieve their target. I’m looking forward to seeing the Christmas cards they create.”
Last year Computing students raised £668.32 for The Children’s Trust, through a combination of their Christmas card sales and raffle tickets as well as a cake sale in spring.
The Children’s Trust, which is based in Tadworth, supports young people with brain injury acquired through accidents or illness.
The charity provides expert nursing care and rehabilitation for children and support for their families as well as working in research and policy development.
(Pictured: Students selling hand-made Christmas cards to staff as part of their 2016 fundraising project)