Snowy Mountains Grammar School Kidpreneur Club closed out the year with its focus firmly on community, with a donation of over $500 to the Salvation Army Rural Appeal. The lunchtime club, which was open to students in Years 4 to 8, raised the funds through a series of markets.

The Kidpreneur Club, facilitated by Mrs Melissa Bell, was designed to guide and support students as they explored the world of entrepreneurship and small business. Students were equipped with the skills required to launch their own enterprise, through a series of weekly Kidpreneur Club meetings.

The Kidpreneur Club also allowed for the real-life application of curriculum learning in Business, Economics and Mathematics subjects. SMGS Kidpreneurs designed business plans, made profit and loss calculations, and developed a marketing campaign. They also worked through a sourcing and production phase, with a variety of imaginative merchandise created for sale.

SMGS Kidpreneurs held two lunchtime markets in Term 4, on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 November. The markets allowed the students to gauge the success of their fledgling businesses, and apply new sales skills. There was a variety of interesting products available, including slime, juggling balls, bath bombs, jewellery, and potted plants.

The Kidpreneurs chose to donate all of their market profits to Salvation Army Rural Appeal, in the hopes of easing the load on rural families this Christmas. Many of SMGS’s students live on properties and in rural locales, so they have first-hand knowledge of the wide-ranging effects of the NSW drought.

SMGS is delighted to commend the amazing efforts of the Kidpreneur Club, and looks forward to supporting their entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropic efforts in 2019.