The children decided that they wanted to open a cafe in their school for one day and spent two weeks carrying out market research, creating menus, sourcing ingredients and planning how it would all run on the day.
The younger pupils at St Nicholas House decided on a banana themed cafe called ‘Banana Split’ and took their clip boards out and about in Brecon to carry our market research with the public.
The older pupils decided on a more classical approach and opted for a French restaurant called DeliozoFrancais and its sister restaurant DeliozoItaliano. In the days leading up to the grand opening, pupils formed smaller groups and spilt into marketing, accounts, catering and administrative teams, each headed by a delegated leader.
In preparation, classrooms were turned into board rooms and pupils invited staff from the school’s marketing department to help them promote and market their restaurants within the school community.
On the day itself, the pupils were well prepared and excitedly opened up for business. Parents and staff were treated to a 5* waiter service, sit down meal with waiters relaying orders to the kitchen and a cashier to take payment, classrooms were even decorated with tablecloths, menus and tasteful themed decor.
Pupils even organised a take-out service for those who could not attend and had this operating alongside their restaurant. The whole event was a huge success and the pupils were fantastic in their creativity, professionalism and the customers were rightfully satisfied by the service they received as pupils issued feedback forms afterwards.
Head of Juniors, Julie Lewis said “One cannot underestimate the amount of skills which have been developed during this project. Pupils have used their mathematic skills in refining their budget and ensuring a profit, also they have had to write persuasive letters for investment and also create menus and invitations. I have sat in on some very serious board room meetings and I am hugely impressed by our pupils’ tenacity and ability to pull something like this off!’ Pupils have decided to donate the £240 profit they raised between two worthy charities – WaterAid and a local food charity.
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