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Business Studies Students on the money and get motivated

17th November, 2017 by Jude Owens, and Jo Wilson, Subject Leader of Business Studies

Year 12 Business Studies students were on the money when they visited The Royal Mint yesterday (Thursday 16 November 2017) to see how all the coins and many of the foreign currencies are manufactured in this high security showcase of cash.

Since 1971, The Royal Mint has been based in Cardiff, having moved from Tower Hill London under the direction of former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jim Callahan. From Alfred the Great’s Penny, to the coinage of today, the stunning exhibition took students back in time, tracing the history of decimalisation and the relentless battle against fraud.

The tour started with a brief history of the first coins with the Great Penny ‘LVNDONIA’ c.880AD. The most famous coins were those commissioned under Henry VIIs reign, with the introduction of The Gold Sovereign. Following the factory tour (behind very thick panes of glass, of course!), students had the exciting opportunity of ‘punching’ their own 50 pence commemorative coin, untouched until that point by human hand.

The next part of the trip was a short journey to the Principality Stadium, home of Welsh Rugby, where students went behind the scenes of this amazing 75,000 capacity stadium to see how players, both home and away teams, prepare for the 80 minute battle ahead. The students listened to recorded motivation speeches from Coaches and Managers before and during the games; which reminded them of Executive Headteacher Mr Ball’s recent inspiring Sixth Form assembly! Be proud and stand tall, and competition is good, so embrace it.

The tour ended on a high in the Director’s Box, usually reserved for politicians and royalty where the students enjoyed a moment sat imagining the sights and sounds of match day with a backdrop of the Welsh Dragon under suitably dramatic grey skies.

Subject Leader for Business Studies Jo Wilson said: “This was a brilliant day for our students to visit a professional organisation steeped in history and with the motivating boost of the tour and insight into the world of Welsh rugby.”