My classroom is quiet as the grade nine students focus intently on the PAT test in front of them. In just a few short days these young men and women will wrap up their Grade Nine year as the coveted land of high school is in their sights. Students will take many memories but one particular event that is a highlight for grade nine students at Broxton Park School is called “Marketplace!”
This project brings Social Studies, Math and L.A. alive as the concepts of a market economy are translated into authentic learning. In groups of three, students form a business and develop a product to sell over three lunch hours to our school population. Many groups sell food, so for three days our gymnasium is transformed into a hustling, bustling food court. Cotton candy, poutine, grilled cheese, burritos, ice cream sundaes… or fruit smoothies and fruit kabobs… were just some of the many choices.
Students create a business plan, logo, jingle and advertisements. They consider their clientele and plan for supply and demand. In a school that has over one thousand potential customers, our grade nine students discovered the frenzy of feeding a lot of hungry staff and students. But in the end, Marketplace is an event that involves our whole school and we all enjoy every moment and morsel.
This year over $4000 was raised for grade nine farewell activities. In addition, the parting students purchase a legacy gift for the school. Congratulations and best wishes to our talented grade nine students!