Le Rocquier is the first school to be accepted as a member of the Genuine Jersey Products Association thanks to a tough puzzle challenge made from recycled materials.
The Jersey Parish Puzzle Challenge is just one of a range of products designed and made in the school’s Technical Skills Faculty but the only one to carry the Genuine Jersey mark. This is the guarantee of local provenance which is recognised as a byword for the best the Island has to offer.
The puzzle is made from recycled acrylic and fits neatly into an adapted CD case making it an ideal souvenir of Jersey. However, it has plenty of local appeal as the challenge is to see how well you know the Island by placing individual parish segments in the correct order to form the map of Jersey. The tough part is to complete what at first appears to be a very simple exercise without referring to the map – a task to test even the most knowledgeable Islanders!
The Chief Executive of Genuine Jersey, John Garton, said in approving the school’s application for membership the management committee was excited by the product and also impressed by this initiative.
Head teacher Philip Slater said: ‘We are proud to be the first educational establishment to receive the prestigious Genuine Jersey mark. At Le Rocquier School we are committed to providing a wide range of academic and vocational experiences for our students. The Jersey Puzzle Challenge is just one example of how we are providing real life experience for our students as well as developing our links in the community.’
To carry the Genuine Jersey mark, goods have to be reared, grown or caught in Jersey or created by accredited Islanders and local businesses which qualify to be members of the products association. The Jersey Parish Puzzle Challenge fitted the criteria because it is an education project, and part of the national curriculum, which teaches the skills of developing a local business and products and marketing them throughout the Island community.
Mr Garton said: ‘These young Islanders are learning and applying the essential skills required by the business community by developing, manufacturing and marketing a product that is intrinsically an educational aid designed to give greater insight into the Island’s parochial system. We are delighted to support this very local product and the ingenuity of the teachers and students in the Technical Skills Faculty.’
The Jersey Parish Puzzle Challenge is produced by the school’s Creative and Technical Skills Enterprise Club which was set up to forge mutually beneficial relationships with the local business community. The aim is to extend the educational experience beyond the classroom so pupils gain hands-on business experience of developing a commercially-viable product as preparation for the world of work.
This Saturday, 20 October -between 8.30 am and 1 pm – they will be gaining valuable customer service experience by selling direct to the public at the Genuine Jersey area in the entrance to Broad Street post office, provided by Jersey Post in a joint initiative to support local producers.
The Enterprise Club has plans to develop the puzzle theme in association with the parishes, visitor attractions and local artists. Other products under development and in production include: key rings, clocks, fridge magnets, ring trees, heart-shaped jewellery and Christmas decorations.