10 outstanding Parkside students represented the School in a recent Enterprise challenge alongside Ackworth School, Wakefield.
Keen to get the day started, the students were quick to settle into their mixed-school teams and introduce themselves to each other and the volunteers from Eversheds Sutherland. Armed with the knowledge of effective Listening and Understanding, Presenting and Working in a Team and inspired by the employer volunteer interviews, the teams began working as solicitors to represent a client in a civil dispute. Given a specific case files, the teams were presented with a range of information and had to show their Problem Solving Skills and demonstrate they were Being Creative and Staying Positive to fathom a compromise that was plausible and a reflection of their clients’ needs. Listening and Understanding to case file and each other was paramount as they drew closer to Presenting their cases to the judges.
During a quick reflection at the end, the students expressed their understanding of the significance of the day. They felt the team work and task of >Problem Solving and Presenting offered an opportunity to see themselves in a different light and build confidence in their enterprise skills. The team presentations were a reflection of the efforts and abilities of the students as they shared they arguments with conviction and were keen to engage in a negotiation debate to conclude the day’s challenge. As expressed by the volunteers, the teams were a credit to their schools and a pleasure to work with.
One of the Eversheds Sutherland volunteers further added “I was really surprised at the questioning and problem solving skills of the students. They certainly benefited from the experience and completely rose to the challenge.”
A big well done to all involved!