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The Sele School Young Enterprise Team wins two awards

Seven months ago a group of 13 young individuals embarked upon a journey to discover their entrepreneurial side. From energetic board room meetings to bustling trade fairs, they have discovered how business works from the inside out. The Group now comprises of six hardworking business people who have achieved so much in such a short space of time.

“During the course of Young Enterprise we came across many trials and challenges but at the end, we can recognise many skills and attributes that we have accumulated along the way” – Naomi Robins (Year 11)

The Sele School Young Enterprise Team, named ‘Sur De Soi’ has been successful in winning two awards so far. For the whole team there was the award for ‘Best Business Acumen’ and an individual award to Louise Bateson of Year 10 who was Star of the Day at an event that took place at The Howard Centre in Welwyn garden City. 

The competition isn't over yet! The next round takes place at County Hall on Tuesday 20 March and Sur de Soi will be competing against all of the other Young Enterprise teams in the North East Herts division. Two winners will be chosen to be the North and East Hertfordshire Companies of the Year and will go on to compete in the final held at Hertfordshire University.

This journey has been a rollercoaster ride, with lessons learnt and pride gained. Asked about their experience of the Young Enterprise competition one of the team members said “As a team we work well together and all pitch in to ‘get the job done’. We will all miss Monday nights Young Enterprise Team meetings but will be on hand to provide advice to next years’ teams”.

Special thanks from all of the team members to Ms Topliff who has given them superb help and guidance and to their external Business Adviser, Elliot Mannering, who has provided many inspirational ideas. Elliot Mannering is local film director with his own company who volunteers his time to work with students on the Young Enterprise scheme.

We congratulate Sur de Soi on their success in the competition so far and wish them well in the next round.

The Sele School's 'Team Inferno' Triumphant in Dragons Apprentice Final 

Congratulations are due to Team Inferno, The Sele School's Dragons Apprentice squad who were crowned Overall Winners for East Herts and Broxbourne on Monday 5 March. Competing in the final against Simon Balle, Richard Hale, Freman College, Haileybury Turnford, Bishops Stortford and Herts & Essex School  'Team Inferno' showed great confidence, collaboration and cohesion throughout the process and their final presentation to local 'Super Dragons' was outstanding.

The Team, consisting of Gemma Caruana, Ben Borlase, Amy Skidmore, Jacob Collins, George Ellis and Kyle Blackaby, also won an award for Best Managed Project and Gemma Caruana won the most Outstanding Individual of the whole competition. To say the teachers who had supported the team throughout their title run were delighted is an understatement; thanks go to Mrs. Dillon, Mrs. Morgan, Mr. Foster, Mrs. Deroe and Mr. Eversley for their assistance. 

About 100 hopeful young entrepreneurs took part in the Dragons Apprentice Challenge, which involved organising charity events during a 12 week period starting in October 2017. Team Inferno's project was to raise money to purchase kit for Bury Rangers All- Inclusive Football Team and they used a variety of strategies to reach their objective, including a Halloween Disco for younger students at The Sele School, selling sweets at Ware's Dickensian Evening and organising a successful Quiz Night. 

The Dragon mentoring Team Inferno was Richard Morris, Founder and CEO of online fundraising platform TheGivingMachine, who they thanked from the podium for his invaluable advice and insight. Mr. Morris is on the record as being impressed by the business acumen, team work, determination, ambition and organisational skills of Team Inferno.  

Please go to the Galleries page for more pictures from Team Inferno's triumphant awards evening.         

Sele hosts 'Destination Russia'

During half term The Sele School played host to Pitch International, a London based media company which produces sports films and documentaries and sells them around the world. Filming a World Cup preview show called Destination Russia to be shown on Sky Sports, and many other channels  worldwide, from April was former Sele student Tyler Lingwood. 

Fortunately picking one of the few sunny days of the half term break Tyler and his team made use of The Sele School's superb football pitches for filming.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

   Baking success for Sele Catering Team

Congratulations to Manager of the Sele Catering Team, Kirsty, whose Christmas baking won her second prize in a competition. 

The Catering Team, part of Hertfordshire Catering, put on a fantastic Christmas Lunch on the last Friday of term, with superb home made cakes taking centre stage.   

For more pictures please go to the Galleries page and click on Christmas Lunch 2017. 

Trampolining success for Sele Students

Congratulations to Sele students whose success in the East Region Trampoline Competition means that they go on to the next stage in the competition, which will involve travel to Chesterfield; Kenzie Ashby-Cumberbatch, Eddie Barton, Mason Hill, Ryan Storey and Dom Harvey all move through to the next round. Sadly, in spite of some excellent performances, Antoni Gasiorowski, Jessie Dean, Thomas Gilbert, Jack Wilson and Caitlyn McAdam do not progress any further in the competition.    

Sushi, Sumo and Science for The Sele School Students!

Two sixth form students from The Sele School, Hertford, have returned from a prestigious scientific and cultural exchange to Kyoto, Japan. The School had been selected and invited by the Clifton Scientific Trust in Bristol which has been running 'Young Scientists Workshops' for UK and Japanese schools for over 20 years. The students attended the University of Kyoto, where they worked collaboratively with Japanese students and professors to undertake cutting edge scientific research. The aim of the programme is to enable students from both countries to discover, by living and working together, a new vision of the world they are entering. The organisation aspires to show the challenges and opportunities science and engineering offer to young people, and prepare them for their own futures as global citizens in that world.  

Set on the shores of Lake Biwa, Kyoto is the former imperial capital of Japan and the university is the second oldest in the country. It is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the world and has produced 10 Nobel Prize winners in the sciences.

Micky Dear, a Year 12 student, said “It was such an amazing trip to a place I had always wanted to visit. I spent the week in the lab trying to find breakthroughs in the pharmaceutical industry. My highlight was seeing the monkeys at Arashiyama park”. 

As well as undertaking their projects the students had time to explore Kyoto and experience Japanese culture. They also spent a day at a tsunami research facility. Jack Climpson, also in Year 12, investigated how the colours of pigments affect the biochemical properties of materials and organisms. “I really enjoyed making friends with the Japanese students and visiting the shrines and temples around the city. Also feeding the sacred deer at Nara was really fun ”. 

Mr Grinter, science teacher at the school, also attended the program. “The Clifton Scientific Trust is an excellent organisation that offers this great opportunity to a select group of students in the country. The boys had a fantastic week in Japan culminating in delivering outstanding presentations to a distinguished audience of professors and guests of the University”. 

Neil Dunn, Headteacher  was pleased that students at Sele were offered this opportunity.  "Cultural exchange visits are increasingly important in today’s global world; to be able to participate in the prestigious Clifton Scientific Trust workshops at the cutting edge of pharmaceutical research was an amazing opportunity for Micky and Jack. We are now keen to establish this partnership going forward to enable as many of our A Level science students to gain similar experiences in years to come.”

An international group of students in Japan, including Mickey Dear of The Sele School (first left).