S6 pupils set up and run a Young Enterprise company during short course time. They are supported during this process by a Link Teacher (from KGS) and a Business Advisor from the business community. Pupils gain valuable business experience and team working skills during the year. They attend weekly meetings and have the opportunity to attend events and conferences as part of the Young Enterprise experience.
This year's Young Enterprise team focused on products with an environmental theme. They were inspired by the elements of Fire, Earth and Water to create Tealight holders, plants in jars and sea glass frames. They have successfully manufactured and sold their products locally.
The 2018-19 team of 11 pupils created a sustainable and ethically produced clock, inspired by the Ring of Brodgar. The team were successful at the Orkney Finals and went on to compete at the Scottish Finals in Edinburgh in June 2019.
In 2016-17, the KGS team was called "Drekka", meaning drink in Old Norse. The team designed and crafted high quality glassware, influenced by the coastal views in Orkney.
They successfully made and sold over 500 glasses, generating a profit of over £1400. At the Orkney Area final, Drekka won awards for Best Website and Best Tradestand.
The team from Stromness Academy, "Island Charm" won Best Report, Best Director (Jack Norquoy) and scooped the overall prize of Best Team.
In 2015-16, Kirkwall Grammar School had two teams taking part in the Young Enterprise Programme; Norden and Orkanna. The overall Orkney Area winners were Orkanna who attended the Young Enterprise Scotland Finals in Glasgow in June 2016.
The Norden team created a colouring book featuring designs from various artists based in Orkney.
Norden: James Nicolson, Thorfinn Moffat, Gemma Harcus, Branwen Bourn, Josephine De Geer, Rachel Eunson and Amy Le-Mar.
2015 was a very successful year for KGS's Young Enterprise company.
Fjara made unique pieces of hand-made jewellery, using sea glass found on Orkney's beaches and solid sterling silver.
They were the overall winners at the 2015 Scottish Young Enterprise finals and went on to compete in the national finals in London.
Scottish 2015 Winners - Fjara
Fjara - Front row: Iona Muir, Ellen Rendall, Shevaune Rosie, Holly Rendall.
Second row: Hayley Duncan, Betty Andrews, Hannah Keith.
Third row: Thora Cant, Megan Ward, Sarah MacPhail, Jessica Flett.
Back row: Andrew Fraser, Ronan Osborne, James Kemp.
2014's Young Enterprise team were called "Treecycled". They produced a calendar, operated the school tuckshop and created images transferred onto wood.
They were very successful at the Orkney Area Board competition and went on to compete in the 2014 Scottish finals in Glasgow.
Trua - Fionn Webb, Guille Lopez, Ewan Miller, Correen Davies, Michael Gauld, Inga Barnett, Aidan Moodie, Becky Kitney, Hannah Kynoch, Laura Dalrymple and Dan Flett (Chrissie Dearness and Anna Mackay are missing from the photograph)