Bees win the day for Moffat Academy – Primary Team

A group of pupils from Moffat Academy – Primary team and their concept of creating a school bee hive, are celebrating after winning £500 at a community dragon event in Dumfries.

The winning concept was to install a bee hive within the school, then harvest and sell honey products, producing a small income for the school. In the process the enterprise will be of great educational benefit to the school and wider community and also help the dwindling bee population.

Pupils from Moffat Academy Primary Team celebrate their win
Pupils from Moffat Academy Primary Team celebrate their win

The pupils from Moffat Academy along with six local schools from across Annan and Nithsdale faced four community dragons as they pitched for the £500 prize to run a social enterprise for the benefit of the school community.

The dragons assessed each pitch against key criteria which included the quality of the presentation, the idea itself, the extent to which the plans stacked up financially and the sustainability of the enterprise.

Miss Robson, class teacher said “The Dragons Den event was a great opportunity to share enterprising ideas. It was even better to hear how passionate each school was to create positive changes to their local communities. The pupils at Moffat Academy worked extremely hard on their bee hive concept and pitch and are delighted to have won. The £500 and advice offered by the ANCBC dragons will help the children take their ideas forward. We can’t wait to see where this project takes them next.”

The community dragons were Julia Whittaker, Ailsa Horizons; Tracy Kennedy, ScottishPower Renewables; and Jay Lamb, Social Enterprise Academy.

The event was organised by Annan and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company (ANCBC). ANCBC work in partnership with ScottishPower Renewables to deliver the Harestanes Community Benefit Fund to over 42 community council areas across Annan, Dumfries and Nithsdale. The fund is worth £300,000 per annum.

Martin Brown Chair ANCBC said “There was a real enthusiasm amongst all the students who took part in last weeks, event. It was great to see their ideas, the quality of their research into the prospective ideas and the professionalism in answering the questions posed by the dragons. Congratulations to Moffat Academy and their beehive idea.”