OVER 150 Year 9 students from Jerudong International School (JIS) spent Thursday morning learning about the world of business in an innovative way.
The Trade Game involved the students working in teams, nominally representing different countries, to produce and sell shapes with the aim of making as much “profit” as possible. There was much discussion and some laughter as students worked together to think through the issues involved as they decided how they would proceed, their marketing strategy and then seeing the approaches taken by their competitors.
One purpose of this event was to help the Year 9 students gain insights into the three subjects of Accounting, Business Studies and Economics which are offered as I/GCSE options from Year 10 at JIS.
These subjects are new to the Year 9 students so the ‘Trade Game’ offers the students a unique, practical yet educational insight into what studying these subjects would involve. In February, the students will be selecting the options they wish to study for their I/GCSEs so this type of event is fun yet educational.
JIS Principal Barnaby Sandow said, “It is always fantastic to see our students working so well together in teams. The game provides a useful insight into three key subjects as our Year 9 students make important choices.”
The students also had to write and perform for a panel of judges a jingle to help market their shapes. Daniel Roberts, the Head of the JIS Business Faculty said, “I am always amazed at the quality of the jingles the students produce, especially given the short time they have to prepare. Even more impressive though, is the confidence shown by each Year 9 student when the teams perform their song.”
This year the team representing Australia made the most profit whilst Nayumi Reduan won the individual award for leadership.