Stock Market Challenge 2015

In March Grosvenor’s William Moles Hall played host to Belfast Regional section of the annual ‘Stock Market Challenge’, a highly popular initiative - now in its sixth year, managed jointly by the Department of Education and 'Invest Northern Ireland' in partnership with '10 Lane Learning and Young Enterprise Northern Ireland'. 

The Stock Market Challenge enables students to apply their knowledge of maths, business and computer science and helps them to develop their communication, problem-solving, decision-making, teambuilding and negotiation skills. 

The programme offers a unique engagement opportunity between schools and local companies and aims to help students leave school or university prepared for the world of work with the capabilities and confidence to handle future higher education and career decisions. The initiative also supports the local financial services and IT sectors in their need to create a world-class competitive workforce.  

The province-wide schools' event involved over 350 Form Four pupils from 65 post-primary schools, many of whom have been participating over the past few months in the online version of the challenge. 150 undergraduates and college students also took part in separate events for Ulster and Queen’s Universities, Belfast Met. and the Regional Colleges.

Working in teams, the pupils’ task was to manage a fund of shares and foreign currency by interpreting information and investing in the markets. The team with the highest total fund at the closing bell were the winners. Each event also included a Financial Maths competition to increase students’ awareness of opportunities in this area in the finance and IT sectors.

Although Grosvenor’s own team did not manage to achieve victory in the Belfast Regional competition, which was won overall by Rockport School, the event proved highly worthwhile for its pupils, as well as those of all twenty-two schools who participated on the day.

Well done to Grosvenor’s pupils who performed so well on the day, organised by Head of Business Studies Mrs Jill Hunter-Burns, as well as Vice-Principal Mr Brian Wilson, whose coordination of the event helped to ensure that it ran smoothly and successfully.

Grosvenor now looks forward to participating in the 'Stock Market Challenge' once again in 2016.

Some of Grosvenor's Form Four Business Studies students who participated in this year's 'Stock Market Challenge'