‘Scent-Citizens’, a social enterprise business run by P4/5 in Port Ellen Primary School, has been presented with a Social Enterprise Academy Award by John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth.
Four class representatives; Bronagh Newman, Eva Munro, Ross Thompson and Ruaraidh MacDonald travelled to Edinburgh for the showcasing event and awards ceremony which took place in the Assembly Rooms on 4th June.
There was a great deal of interest in Scent-Citizens from the many educators and entrepreneurs who attended the event with the children speaking confidently and professionally as they explained their business plan and the learning journey they had embarked on.
This showcasing event gave Scent-Citizens the opportunity to develop new business contacts.
The children were very excited and proud to have been approached by a businessman from the mainland who was so impressed by their enthusiasm and professionalism that he is considering using Scent-Citizens as a supplier of soap products for his chain of hotels. There was also a great deal of interest in an enterprise board game which the children had created.
Following on from this showcasing event, the children were presented with their award in the impressive main hall of the Assembly Rooms.
This award recognises the hard work of the children over the past school year and the community partnerships which have been developed as part of this enterprise.
The children have recently used some of the profits they have made through the selling of their handmade soaps and bathbombs to purchase bedding plants. These have been planted in barrels kindly donated by Lagavullin Distillery and positioned along the start of the new path in Port Ellen.
Whilst in Edinburgh the children also attended the Celebration of Engineering and Science at Murrayfield with David, Asher, Alicia and Robbie who presented their learning on their robots topic, Bright Sparks. They were able to take part in a series of STEM challenges, took part in the Ping Pong Pentathalon and even met K9! A very enjoyable trip!
By Janice MacRae