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School pupils in Inverness and Fort Augustus shine in the big world of commerce

By Neil MacPhail

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ENTERPRISING pupils at Kilchuimen Primary in Fort Augustus have been experiencing community funding and grant giving, while Inverness High School’s entrepreneurs have won plaudits for their design skills.

Last term’s Kilchuimen P4/5 set up Mini Money Fund to find out how a community benefit fund works.

Applications to the £400 fund were invited from all school and nursery pupils who outlined the benefits of their proposed project, provided costings and explained how it would be delivered.

The fund received 12 applications with six receiving money provided by sponsors Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston Community Co and Falck Renewables, owners of nearby Millennium Wind Farm.

A group also received £100 towards their plans for a post-Covid treat for elderly people.

Last term’s Inverness High Highland Driftwood won the best logo award at Young Enterprise Scotland’s (YES) Festival of Youth Enterprise 2021.

The team’s winning logo promoted their range of household products made from natural, eco-friendly salvaged materials.

The Mini Money Fund team from Kilchuimen.
The Mini Money Fund team from Kilchuimen.

Best Team from St Clement’s School, Dingwall won best advert, with Gordonstoun School’s Stoun Socks taking company of the year.

Teams of 15 to 19-year-olds from individual schools design and make products, market them and manage the financial side of the business. The students are supported by teachers, a volunteer business adviser from the local community, and a YES area team.

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