Each year, the Year 9 Business students of Matthew Flinders Anglican College work together to design, promote, create and facilitate a Market Day for the College’s Primary School students.
The aim of the Business project is for the young students who attend the Market Day to be active, have fun and build friendships while raising funds for charity as a College community.
This event also forms part of Flinders’ commitment to providing our students with opportunities to build their character so that they develop as ethical, aware and empowered citizens with the desire and skills to make a positive contribution in the wider world.
This year’s happy Market Day event, held on Wednesday, 5 June, was evidence of how a subject activity can act as a catalyst for bringing together different groups of people to make a positive difference in the community. Flinders’ Year 9 Business students created their market stalls for the course, ‘Run Your Own Business’. The challenge was to dream up an idea that would appeal to their target market and to be responsible for all aspects of the business operation. The target markets were either the Junior Primary (Prep to Year 3) or Senior Primary (Years 4 to 6) sub-schools.
Market Day brings together the College’s Primary and Secondary students, with joyful interactions between these two groups. The event outcome, apart from the life skills learned – including organisational and customer relation skills for the Year 9 students, as well as money handling and decision-making skills for the Primary students – is the raising of money for two charities. Students decided to use this year’s Market Day to raise funds for Hope within Reach and Books without Borders, with the College community raising $500 in donations for these charities. Books without Borders will use their donation to send 42 kgs of educational resources to the Philippines this month as part of the Hair Aid Project. The money donated to Hope within Reach has already been put to good use to support their recent ‘Winter Warmth’ Caloundra event. This event supports over 75 people who are homeless and struggling. Flinders’ donation was used specifically to buy essential items such as toiletries.
Flinders’ Business Department and Year 9 Business students thanked the College community for their support of Market Day, from the students who bought goods or participated in games on the day, to the parents who supplied the funds, as well as the Primary staff who accommodated the Year 9 students for this worthwhile event. Special thanks went to Head of Junior Primary, Chris Curtain for being the liaison in the Primary School and helping the event to run smoothly.
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