A team from St Ninian’s High School has won the 2021 Junior Achievement Student Company of the Year 2021.
Elevate, consisting of Abigail Pontee, Claire Clucas, Sam Gill, Hannah Lancaster and Jadwiga Niski from St Ninian’s High School competed against 20 student teams to take the title after impressing the judges with their idea for paper soap, which disintegrates after washing your hands.Sponsored by HSBC Isle of Man and organised by Manx charity Junior Achievement, the company programme is supported by 30 volunteer business mentors who donate their time to work with the teams.
The students, aged 16 to 17, form a mini- company consisting of no more than six members. They are tasked to raise money to get their business off the ground then take their product or service to market.
Junior Achievement CEO Sue Cook said: ‘Over the last few months students have faced a lot of uncertainty and disruption as their education has been unavoidably paused. We felt it was all the more important this year, therefore, to provide them with an opportunity to develop their skills and gain some valuable work experience. The aim of the programme is to get young people to reflect on and learn from their experiences of running their own business. The programme can help them to identify potential career opportunities they would perhaps otherwise not have considered and to explore how best to develop their career pathways.’
One World One Winner
A team of Year 12 students from Ramsey Grammar School were victorious in this year’s One World Charity Challenge, taking top spot in the recent inter-school finals event at the Mountain View Innovation Centre, Ramsey, and winning £5,000 for their chosen charity Leprosy Mission Isle of Man. In a very close competition, which saw teams of students researching the work of a small or Manx-related charity working overseas, a team of students from Castle Rushen High School took second place.
Presenting in front of an audience including Lieutenant Governor Sir Richard Gozney and Lady Gozney, as well as headteachers and the CEO of the Department of Education, Sport and Culture Graham Kinrade, each team had 10 minutes to share what they had learned. As well as finding out about the work of their chosen charity, they were tasked with illustrating how it made a positive difference to young people in other parts of the world as well as how it met the UN Sustainable Goals to help ensure a fairer world for everyone.
Speaking after the event, the One World Centre’s Sarah Comish, who was Project Officer for the Charity Challenge programme, said: ‘It was wonderful to finally see the teams perform their presentations after having to postpone the event twice earlier in the year due to the restrictions around the pandemic. Despite all the disruption the students have endured this academic year, they carried on enthusiastically and were really committed to raising awareness of their chosen charities. I hope they all feel very proud, not only for raising valuable funds for their charities and gaining a better understanding of the role of international development but also for all the skills they have learned along the way.’
A total of £11,750 was given to charity on the night with a further £3,250 awarded to the charities of teams who did not make it through to the finals.
Good News at the NSC
No, not the flumes. The NSC cafe however will be coming back to life as a new operator has been selected to provide a healthy and locally sourced menu. Riverside Limited, who already run the Sound Café and Bradda Glen in the south of the island, will take over the café on July 1, and the café will reopen on July 17 for the summer holidays ahead of a redesign in September.
Dr Alex Allinson MHK, Minister for Education, Sport and Culture said: ‘This is an exciting opportunity to reinvent the café and give it its own identity, but also to provide healthy and nutritious meals for members and guests. We are confident that Riverside Limited share our vision for the space to be a dining destination and their passion and ideas shone at interview.’
Adrian Christian, Managing Director of Riverside, added: ‘The whole team are really looking forward to the challenge of the new “Aqua café” at the NSC.’
Dozens are reported to have died as a result of the heatwave which is breaking all records in Canada this week. Police in the Vancouver area have responded to more than 130 sudden deaths since Friday. Most were elderly or had underlying health conditions, with heat often a contributing factor. Canada broke its temperature record for a third straight day on Tuesday – 49.6C in Lytton, British Columbia.
Methodists Back Same Sex Marriage
The Methodist Church has become the largest religious denomination in Britain to permit same-sex marriages. A vote to change the definition of marriage at the Methodist Conference on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed by 254 in favour with 46 against. Freedom of conscience clauses mean ministers will not be forced to conduct such weddings if they oppose the move. Same-sex marriage is not allowed in the Church of England or the Roman Catholic Church. However it is welcomed in the Scottish Episcopal Church and United Reformed Church.
Sausage Back Down
The EU has formally agreed to postpone a ban on some meat products from Great Britain from being sold in Northern Ireland. The proposed ban on items like fresh sausages was a consequence of the Northern Ireland Protocol, a Brexit deal made between the UK and EU 2019. On Wednesday, the EU and UK agreed to extend the so-called grace period – the time before the ban comes into effect.