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Business expert gives a lesson in how to fail

CELEBRATE failure, students at Felpham Community College were told.


Business expert Roger Mavity told the pupils failing at an activity was no disgrace. The financial PR expert gave an inspirational talk to 60 students in Years 10 and 11 as part of the Speakers 4 Schools initiative.


He focused on the fear of failure and answered questions which gave students an insight into his business career.


Year 10 student Shannon Squires said: “The talk was really inspirational. Mr Mavity was really nice and his life story – from school through his career path – was inspirational.”


Fellow student Jasmine Butters, of Year 11, said: “He told us that, wherever we start, we can get to where we want to be and believe in ourselves. It was good.”


Mr Mavity founded an advertising agency in 1981 and sold it after ten successful years. He became the chief executive of Granada Group’s leisure division and headed its takeover of the Forte Group in what is still the biggest hostile takeover in British corporate history.


He went on to have senior roles in the Citigate PR company and the Conran Group. He became a full-time writer and photographer in 2013 and has a best-selling book and exhibitions in Europe’s leading cities to his credit.


Felpham college’s careers co-ordinator, Gill Woodman, said: “The fear of failure affects most people. He explained how everyone needs to fail in some ways to succeed overall and it should just make you work harder and believe in yourself.”


Two young tycoons from the college are hoping to follow in Mr Mavity’s footsteps. Hayley Tomkins and Daisy Ford, both 16, have launched their Pins and Needles business in the Tycoon in Schools 2016 competition headed by Peter Jones CBE.


The talented sixth formers are busy designing, producing, marketing and selling a variety of unique clothes and accessories which they have made or upcycledfrom charirty shops.


They are selling their goods through and craft fairs around Bognor Regis before the competition’s deadline of December 16.


Headteacher Mark Anstiss said: “We are incredibly proud of the entrepreneurial spirit shown by our students in coming up with their business idea for the Tycoons in School competition. Inspiring and educating children about business from an early age is really important to help them develop enterprise skills and confidence to broaden their horizons.”


Hayley and Daisy are up against more than 2,000 students across the UK.


Spanish pen pals came to life for Felpham Community College students. A total of 40 members of the college’s modern languages department spent week in Jaen in southern Spain.


Their stay showed them the importance of talking and interacting with friends in an age of e-communication. Year 11 student Megan Kincaid was one of those who went to Spain. She said: “Meeting with the pen pals was my favourite part of the trip. We managed to understand each other and I spoke lots of Spanish.”


A crocus for every pupil at Felpham Community College has been planted as part of a campaign to wipe out polio.


Students worked with Bognor Regis Rotary Club to put in the 1,400 bulbs across the campus. Mary and Bob Pavard from the Rotary Club took part in the event as part of Rotarians’ work to eradicate the crippling and potentially fatal disease by supplying the vaccine.


Michelle Kelly, an assistant headteacher at Felpham, said: “Felpham students feel strongly about campaigning for change and this was an ideal opportunity to get involved and to raise awareness fo an awful disease that needlessly still affects so many people.”


Students from Felpham Community College using their maths and physics skills to programme drones and robots when the interactive Game Wagon visited.

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