The students’ company Donatus progressed from the East Mid Surrey finals stage of the competition held at Canon’s European HQ in Reigate last week.
The book allows children to practise handwriting in a unique and fun way. As Managing Director of Donatus, Joseph Scaglione, explains: “In our book, children follow the main character, Arthur, through various adventures. Along the way, different handwriting and story tasks are set. So far, feedback has been extremely positive and we are speaking to a number of schools in the area to provide entire classroom sets. We are very excited about the future of our business.”
All the artwork, design and layout have been created by the Donatus team.
RGS Headmaster, Shaun Fenton, added: “I am delighted that our Donatus team have done so well – especially as their product is designed to help other children. I have enjoyed watching all the students in the scheme grow their skills outside the classroom. This is fantastic preparation for the world of work and I’m very proud of their innovative, entrepreneurial spirit”.
Reigate Grammar School entered the Company Programme run by Young Enterprise - the UK’s leading enterprise and financial education charity reaching over 250,000 young people every year. Running throughout one academic year, students make all the decisions about their enterprise, from deciding on the name and product to creating a business plan, managing the student company finances and selling to the public at trade fairs.
Donatus will compete for the Surrey title in May, and, if successful, could eventually go on to a national stage of the competition.
RGS has two other teams participating in the Young Enterprise company programme:
· Flareware has created a sportswear brand with the slogan ‘Eliminate the Doubt’ printed on T-shirts, wristbands and water bottles. The team won a £75 prize in a recent Dragon’s Den-style competition.
· Novaware merchandises personalised signs for the home.