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Author: Greater Bank

Young entrepreneurs delivering twilight markets to Maitland

See how Greater Bank and The University of Newcastle are working with local high schools to raise financial literacy levels in the community.
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Maitland High School will be transformed into a community market hub in the lead up to Christmas through the work of a group of student entrepreneurs and their launch of the 2018 Magpie High - Twilight Markets.

After six months in the making, with staff and members of the Maitland community working alongside the group to help transform and develop their concept of a marketplace, the vision of students will come to life on Saturday, 1 December.

Maitland High School Principal, Mrs Paula Graham, said the Magpie High - Twilight Markets is the result of a significant investment of time and resources by the school to help students build vital skills beyond what is traditionally taught as part of the school curriculum.

“The latest research from the Foundation for Young Australians shows that creativity and entrepreneurship are key capabilities that young people will need as they move into adulthood,” Mrs Graham said.

“We know that along with academic results, employability skills and attitude are critical to making a successful transition from the school environment to that of working life, however, this new research shows that there is more to the story.”

“The Magpie High - Twilight Markets has been a wonderful project to proactively engage our students with the aim of building their entrepreneurial skills.”

The project committee, which is led by the student body and is supported by teachers and members of the community, has undertaken all aspects of the project, from surveying students through to the planning and executing of the event, and also sourcing and producing the products to be sold on the day.

The school also secured an event sponsor in Greater Bank, who has not only provided funding, but also in-kind support through running financial workshops and assistance in the development of the students’ business plans.

This has been a real community project and has taught valuable lessons in building networks and relationships. Beyond the support of Greater Bank, the students have also engaged local businessman and entrepreneur, Christian Cramp, who has also backed the project by providing mentoring to student stall holders. | Paula Graham, Maitland High School Principal.

“We couldn’t be happier with the response to the project, with 35 student entrepreneurs along with an additional 60 student friends and family members nominating to be part of the event.”

“With the planning all but done, we now cross our fingers and hope for a fine evening that will entice a big crowd to come along and experience the amazing work of the students.”

The Magpie High - Twilight Markets will run from 4pm to 7pm in the grounds of the school, and will offer those attending great food and coffee, recycled products, artworks, Christmas gifts, or that quirky item that’s been missing from your life.

It will be a chance to catch up with friends, chill to acoustic busking, shop and relax in the shady grounds, or bop and rock at the silent disco if you like a bit more action! There are pony rides, balloons and fairy floss for the little ones.

A lovely evening for the whole community and best of all, Maitland High School’s Young Entrepreneurs are launched!

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