Thursday, 23 September 2021

Pupils make it to final of Tycoon in Schools

A team of pupils from Queen Anne's School in Caversham have made it through to the final of the Tycoon in Schools competition run by entrepreneur Peter Jones

A team of pupils from Queen Anne's School in Caversham have made it through to the final of the Tycoon in Schools competition run by entrepreneur Peter Jones.

The seven girls, aged 13 and 14, established RetroCycle, an eco-friendly business specialising in everyday goods made from recycled materials.

They have been invited to a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace next month along with eight other student companies in the hope of being crowned the overall winners.

The girls sold products such as bowls made from folded magazine pages and notebooks decorated with discarded circuit boards during a seven-week trading period last year, making a significant sum that they donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital. They then submitted a report to be judged by an expert panel chaired by Mr Jones.

Annabelle Roberts, 14, said: "We made use of an abundance of discarded items otherwise headed to landfill. We encouraged people to stop throwing things away and let us use them instead.

We even collected a fly-tipped television and used parts to decorate notebooks."

Mr Jones said: "I'd like to congratulate the girls at Queen Anne's School. Not only are they producing products that are fun and attractive, but they are addressing a current and important issue."

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