Trading Up

Trading Up

Our Junior Enterprise Team is at it again – this time with an innovative Trading Quest that has delivered a lot more than their teachers bargained for!




Starting with a simple tennis ball each girl had to trade up, a minimum of three times, for something more valuable and end up with an item suitable for sale online.

With just weeks to carry out their charitable up-sizing the girls each headed off - armed with their used tennis ball and the thinking, communicating and problem-solving skills they’ve picked up as part of the Junior Enterprise - and returned with an Aladdin’s Cave of goodies.

“A bike, a tent, platters, a $150 set of Derwent pencils and even a photographic print documenting the stages of development of the Eiffel Tower,” marvels Junior Enterprise Leader Camilla Gaff who works side by side with fellow Year 1 teacher Kylie Federici in the Enterprise Academy.

“We asked the girls to step outside their comfort zones and they have done the most amazing job,” smiles Mrs Gaff proudly.

The ultimate result is that the items will be sold and the proceeds donated to a charity that the girls themselves will vote for.

Junior Enterprise, open to students in Years 2 to 6 by application, is now in its third year and looks for girls with a special interest in helping others and making positive social impacts.

“Our girls are very blessed, they come from beautiful homes, they have all of their needs met and with that comes a responsibility to do some good in our community,” says Mrs Gaff.

“The Trading Quest is not our invention but it’s the first time I have heard of it being completed in a school environment”.

Mrs Federici says the quest, inspired by American Kyle McDonald who started his trading quest with a red paper clip and finished with a house, was an opportunity for the girls to individually put their new-found enterprise skills to the test.

“We have 30 girls who meet each Wednesday at lunchtime,” explains Mrs Federici “and our Year 6 members act as mentors to the younger girls.

 “A lot of what we do is in groups and this was a chance for the girls to utilise their critical thinking, communicating and problem solving skills,” says Mrs Federici. “And the results are wonderful – and we still haven’t even seen everyone’s  final trade yet.

“The success wasn’t so much the item they ended up with but it was completing the challenge and the pathways they took to get there,” says Mrs Federici

“Even having the experience of people saying no to girls is valuable,” adds Mrs Gaff. “It teaches that no just means you have to get up and try again”.

Other quest rules included a minimum of three trades, no trading for cash and parental involvement was essential when trading with people outside the family and friendship circles.

The final stage is that Year 6 mentors will help guide the younger students to set up an online sale.

“So keep a look out for the online sale,” says Mrs Federici. “Everyone will have a chance to support the girls, the quest, Junior Enterprise and a charitable organisation all at the one time”.