CK Challenge Testimonial – Cabramatta West Public School
Teacher Jessica Guevara has run the CK Challenge with her year 6 students from Cabramatta West Public School in both 2013 and 2014. In 2013 Jess ran the program with her student leaders and expanded to the whole of year 6 in 2014.
Here is a video of Jessica sharing her experience of the program:
And here is a photo story of Jessica’s Yr 6 Students in 2014
This is what Jessica has to say about running the CK Challenge program last year:
In 2014 we had 82 students in Year 6 and wanted the entire grade to participate so we decided to order Kits for 40 students. Students got to choose their own partners as we thought it was crucial to let them have ownership over most if not all aspects of their business.
We were rotating the teaching of some key learning areas (Science, PDHPE and Club Kidpreneur – this links to a lot of KLA’s) amongst the three Year 6 teachers. We thought it would be easier to manage if one teacher took on the program and ran it with the grade. You don’t have to do it this way but this is how we operated last year. Students were therefore grouped with their business partner into KLA groups and saw each teacher for 2 separate hours a week. Once students started the making side of things we made it 2 hour blocks to allow students to use their time more effectively.
The entire grade held a Market Day at our school during the morning session starting at 10am and going through all of lunch. We invited different grades to come down throughout the morning to have a look at our products. Students brought tables and chairs out from the classrooms and set up their own stalls out on our basket ball court, much like a local market. We were also (as a separate Yr 6 fundraiser) selling chicken wings so that helped to bring a lot of students to our part of the school.
Lydia from Club Kidpreneur was fortunate enough to organise a free market stall space at our local markets, Fairfield Markets so we took our leadership team (total of 16 students) to the markets on a Saturday. They worked in 2 hour shifts and sold a lot of products there.
Overall the program cost our school $2000 for the backpacks and we raised approximately $2500 (through sale of products alone) so we made a profit of $500 which we donated to our sister school, Ikoba Primary, in Kenya.
<div>It is a valuable program and all student benefit from participating in it. Students want to make enough money to make profit – you’ll find a lot of students donating money if its for a charitable cause. We had a gentleman at the markets donate $50 because our students convinced him that what they were doing was for a good cause.
Here is Jessica’s advice for teachers running the program this year:
I think you just need to be flexible in how you approach the program and adapt where necessary. If you run a market day at school and you haven’t made a profit then perhaps ask students to sell to their family and family friends. You could have some students visit each class in the morning with a display of some products and sell them at a reduced price from market day. When the crowds died down at school some students asked to go to the staffroom and our office ladies purchased heaps of products from them. Consider inviting parents. Consider having market day on a possible election day or another whole school event – evening performance night?