Six students travelled to the University of Essex, to pitch their ideas against other Sigma schools (TLA, Stanway, St Helena, Clacton County High). There were two teams from each school. Each student was given a goodie bag containing a t-shirt, water, key ring and Haribos!
Students set up their stalls and were given time to practice their presentations. It was evident looking around the room how much hard work and creativity had been put in by all participants. During the 45 minutes presentation slot students nervously waited their turn as a team of four judges took it in turns to move around the room – spending just 4 minutes with each group. In this short time, the students had to pitch their idea and take questions and answers from the judges. When students were not being judged, the pupils from HDHS used their time effectively, thinking about how they could improve their pitch further, ready for the next judge. Both HDHS teams also worked together, with the girls’ team giving the boys’ team feedback on their presentation.