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At Hawthorn High School, Year 12 students had their first taste of the real world of business.  Students were split into groups where each group thought of a product to develop and market culminating in a pitch to three local business men:

On 10th November 2011, Mr Jamie Davies, Managing Director of MSS Group, Mr Gareth Vaughan, a Freelance HR Consultant and Mr Stephen Davies, Business Finance Manager at Hawthorn High School all took time out of their busy schedules to become Dragon’s for the day.  

Students impressed the Dragon’s with their pitches and all considered the project to be worthwhile, if a little nerve wracking.  

Jamie Davies commented; “I have always thought that not enough emphasis was put on the transition from school life to the workplace.  The Welsh Baccalaureate Enterprise Module certainly puts my mind at ease.”

Facing the Dragons


The products pitched by the students; varied from a fishbowl night light to glow in the dark eyelashes to ipod apps.


Students developed many skills throughout the project to cover the modules for communication, problem solving and team work.  Comments from students included “It has made friendships stronger” and “It has really improved my confidence”.


The students then welcomed back Mr Jamie Davies and Mr Stephen Davies to provide the students with feedback on their pitches.  Comments were taken on board by students, but overall, they received very good feedback.


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