On Sunday, the students had free time to do what they need – video documentary, visit Fitzwilliam museum, shop, eat, explore Cambridge – but on Monday morning, it was back to classes.
This week, classes are a little different. We are putting the Honors and the regular students together to work on a mini-project that will lead to a presentation on Friday.
The project is ‘Dragon’s Den’. This is a show in England that is very popular, but it was actually based on the Japanese TV show, マネーの虎. Groups of students will become their own little company and have to put together a creative idea that they will present to Bell teachers. The teachers will ask them questions about their ideas, including what their target market is, their approach to marketing the product, but most importantly, their reasons for promoting their product and why the ‘Dragons’ should invest money in the idea.
Last week, students got to visit Coca-cola and see their company philosophy and better understand how they operate. On Monday, the students had a presentation from Co-op – a company with a very different business philosophy. It was interesting to be able to ask questions and get a better understanding of how the values that different companies have greatly affect the way they do business. Hopefully, everyone will think about these ideas as they put together their own products and ideas this week.
With the weather being better now, the students are starting to enjoy their free time at school more. Bell School has a large garden area to relax and play, and every morning the students are playing soccer or baseball before classes. At lunch and after school, some students took to playing a few tag games, while others practiced the ukelele and sang a few songs. Today, they got to practice class jump-rope for the first time, too, getting ready for sports day.
After school, students can also join in the Bell activities when they don’t have classes. Tuesday was cake day! Some students took part in the event with some other Bell students, some students went bowling again, some did some work.
Everyone has really settled into life at Bell, so now it’s a shame that there’s only a short time left. I hope everyone does everything they can to get the most out of their final few days.