WOHAA. It’s probably been the best thing any of us have done with our lives thus far. It’s been an incredible opportunity that we’d all repeat many times over. We’ve learned a lot, we’ve grown as people, and we’ve had a lot of fun doing so.
It is very easy to take our own education for granted and forget that we have something other children dream about. Raising money to help people, who are in many ways just like us, get a decent education is incredibly rewarding. Yes, it has been challenging at times but that was the whole point, we just had to bear in mind why we were doing it and everything seemed simpler.
None of our team had much prior experience to organising fundraising events so we had a lot of learning to do at the beginning. We were already friends, but now we’ve really learned to work with each other. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and how to work with them.
Teamwork is one of the biggest things we’ve all gained a lot more experience in through this process. We’ve held meetings, come up with ideas, made compromises, delivered events. All as a team. We had to discuss where, when, what and how, then we had to ensure that that could happen in the way we wanted it too.
Our communication has come along in leaps and bounds. In order to deliver an event, we had to first ask for permission, or find a venue. This meant we were having to talk to people we didn’t necessarily know and tell them what we wanted to do. We were also passing messages onto the public through social media and posters. Our in team communication was already well established, but it started to happen smoother.
The one thing we’ve all come out of this experience with is an improved confidence in ourselves. We’ve done this, without needing help. We gave a presentation and came out afterwards with smiles on our faces, something that wouldn’t have happened before this. We’ve had conversations strangers and learnt to trust in ourselves.
Our snapshot project is one of the things we’re proudest of. A lot of our time went into making it creative and interesting, we really wanted to show the judges how much we’d enjoyed the experience. It was fun being able to push the way we presented our events and show them what we’d learned and how much we’d raised.
The presentation at Portcullis House in London was another highlight. We had two weeks’ notice that we were through to the semi-finals (a fact we were elated about). Our presentation was 5 minutes of us telling the judges what we’d done and learned. They asked us a series of questions afterwards. We also had a great time with the travelling, we went down on the train.
When we went down a couple of weeks after the semi-finals for the prize giving. The entire ceremony was really fun, it wasn’t particularly formal, more about having a great time. We weren’t expecting to get anything, when we won most entrepreneurial team it took us a second to realise that that was our team name they were calling out. We were over the moon.
This really has been an incredible experience; one we’d love to repeat. But now it’s time for the next load of students to take part and carry on raising money.
E Jones, Year 10
Below are some photographs taken at the event featuring some of our Year 10 WOHAA teams with Co-ordinator Mrs A Whitehead and Headteacher, Mrs A Duffy.