Maryport Infant School

We have our first Bright Stars council sorted and our first meeting with Debbie to begin to structure our business plan on Monday afternoon.

The Bright Stars Board met and I joined them, they discussed what they wanted to do and who they wanted to raise funds for.

They decided for themselves that they wanted to raise money for children in Maryport, possibly by buying nice toys for the hospital and doctors surgery next door, so that poorly children can play instead of just being worried.

The idea of them designing a Maryport bag was discussed as a possibility and I know that to date they have managed to secure somebody to do a mock-up of the winning designs and a potential source for printing the bags locally, which was felt to be important.

They have managed also to secure a grant to purchase a number of the bags initially.

I noticed that the children on the decision making team are ranging in confidence and probably ability, so they are being very inclusive and the children were encouraged to think of ideas and to discuss what would work and what would be less successful. At the end of the meeting there was real enthusiasm and excitement that they had managed to find a way forward.

Debbie Cosgrove
Allerdale Borough Council

Monday 16th January 2017

Our Bright Stars Council

Wednesday 18thh January 2017

Wednesday 25th January 2017

Monday 30th January 2017

Here we are marking off our agenda during our Bright Stars council meeting.

Monday 6th February 2017

Here we are making some important decisions
during our next Bright Stars council meeting.

Tuesday 7th February 2017

Thursday 9th February 2017

Monday 13th February 2017

Friday 17th February 2017

Monday 27th February 2017

Our next Bright Stars meeting


Monday 6th March 2017

We have been talking about how the bag sales are going.

Thursday 9th March 2017

One last chance to boost our sales... The children think of creative places to place our posters in order to remind our parents and visitors!

Friday 10th March 2017

Our final meeting and catch up with Debbie.

Debbie is excited to hear all about our business, she asks us some questions about our journey... here are some of our comments...

Monday 13th March 2017

Our final catch up and count up...

Today we have been looking at our total amount raised.

We have sold 50 bags in class 3, 50 bags in class 4 and 39 bags in Reception and Nursery. Darcey worked out that all together we had sold 139 bags!

We started with 150 bags at the beginning. Ethan and Liam worked out how many bags we have left — 11 bags left!

Mrs Davidson, our school secretary has counted our profits!!

Sophie asked a very important question... "How much will the hospital get?"

Liam — "We need to half it, half will be for us and half for the hospital."

The children work together to work out this amount.

Final Comments

We have decided to take a new approach this year, concentrating on one theme and focusing more on the establishment of a 'mini business!' This approach has been much more focussed and meaningful, the children have been engaged and interested throughout. Our Bright Stars council have been in charge of the project but with the use of class circle times and assemblies they have involved their peers in any important decisions that needed to be made. All staff have been involved in the project by supporting the children and even purchasing their very own Maryport bag!!

The children have gained many new skills throughout the project such as, maths, geography, art/design and speaking and listening skills.

The Bright Stars experience has been a real learning journey for our children, we are so proud of the "Maryport Bag Company"

' I have to say I have been incredibly impressed by just how much the children themselves have done. Not only did they decide the sort of thing they want to do and then continue to fine tune it until we got the final result, they also chose to support children's charities, they then collectively decided to change the recipients to a different kind of children's charity/benefit after one of the pupils got hit by a car and had to go to Whitehaven Hospital for treatment. It was seen that there was not a lot of toys for the children in there or waiting to be seen by the medical teams and so they are now supporting this instead. So it is more meaningful for them too. I met with them all on Friday and we had a lovely chat about how they had found the whole experience and what they had learned. It was incredible to see just how far they had come and Emma has clearly guided them well, but not pushed them into making decisions in any way.

They won't have made the most money, but again, that was never the objective, it is about teaching the children about the values that we treasure in adults and they have made Maryport proud. I am honoured to have been able to be involved with such a wonderful school. '
Debbie Cosgrove, Project Manager, Allerdale Borough Council