S5 / S6 Induction
“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
You can only protect
The your liberties in this
Trading world by protecting the
other man's freedom.
Game You can only be free if I
What we’re hoping to achieve..
The main aims of today’s activities are as
To encourage senior pupils to accept & embrace their
position as seniors and therefore as role models who
set an overall tone within the school community;
To demonstrate the importance of teamwork in
achieving the best outcome for a group;
To illustrate the vital nature of good distributed
leadership drawing on each individual’s strengths
To emphasise and raise awareness of issues of
inclusion and social justice, and the duty of the
Christian in bringing these about;
To add to pupils’ development as successful learners,
responsible citizens, effective contributors and
confident individuals, and to do so in the context of
To provide pupils with a fun but thought-provoking
Okay…so here’s the deal…
Each of your groups represents a country. As such,
you represent that nation’s position in terms of its
economy, workforce and technological standing.
Each country starts out with the same amount of
money – 1,000 Ninians. (100 McLaughlins = 1 Ninian)
However, you don’t all same the same number of
workers, or resources, or even the same working
conditions. Your circumstances are not fair or just.
We know that – so don’t bother complaining,
because we won’t change them. We’re rich, and we
plan to keep it that way. So… tough luck.
And that’s real life.
And here’s what you have to do…
Each country has to work to improve its
economy through trading – in t-shirts.
You must produce as many t-shirts – of
merchantable quality – as possible. You
will then be able to sell these to the traders
at the bank. The more stylish, ornate,
attractive (the t-shirts, not you!), the
more you’ll get for them.
Blood, Sweat and T-shirts
You are about to see a clip from the 4-part BBC3 documentary
“Blood, Sweat and T-shirts”. In this programme, 6 young
Brits who either work, or want to work, in fashion and/or
retail go to India to see for themselves how it is that we can
have British stores selling so many garments so cheaply.
At this point in the programme, they have been told that,
working in a sub-contracted sewing shop, they each have to
produce 6 completed garments good enough to sell in the
British market. They have 3 days to do the task.
Each Indian worker has to produce 20 garments per day for a
weekly wage of 200 Rupees – about £2.50.
At the point where we take up the story, they are into their last
day and have managed to produce 24 garments between
them, although these have not yet been through quality
control and the last batch that was checked (about 12
garments) was totally rejected.....
“Of merchantable quality…”???
Just look at our Quality Control Team. They are a skilful,
discerning group of experts with exacting standards and a taste
for the finer things in life.
They are also as tough as old boots. Their rules are :
All t-shirts must be neatly cut along the outside of the black
line. The line should be visible all round the t-shirt, but
there should be no paper outwith the line.
Decorated t-shirts will be worth more than plain ones.
They will only buy t-shirts in bundles of 10. Any spares
you have can be kept for the next shift or sold on to another
country. If you do this, you negotiate your own price – but time
The final decision on how good a t-shirt is, and how much it
is worth, will lie with the Quality Control Team. Look at
them: style icons each and every one. Watch and learn, kids.
They can change their minds as and when they like.
Fashion’s like that.
Money, money, money…
Once the QCT have decided what your t-shirts are worth, you go
to The Bankers. Tough, cold, hard-nosed business men and
women who could make Danny Corbett look like a pussycat …
You can try to negotiate with them, but I don’t think it will do
you much good… Here’s how they work:
You’ll notice in your pack 3 sheets to do with money. The one
that marks your running balance can stay at your desk: the
others must be brought up each time you come to the
bank. A banker will mark up your income and debits at the end
of each shift.
The bankers will lend you money if you can persuade them
that you have good reason to borrow, and that you can pay it
back along with the 10% flat rate interest on all borrowings.
The bankers can sell you resources such as scissors, coloured
pens, blank t-shirts, etc. They will decide on the price
depending on how good a risk you are, the quantity you are
buying, their mood, etc…
They can change their minds as and when they like.
Banking’s like that.
Hints and Tips
Some things to remember:
No nation is allowed to go bankrupt. If it looks as if this
might be a possibility, you must borrow from the bank and pay
that off before you can keep any profits.
All workers must be paid a minimum wage of 1 Ninian
per shift – but you can negotiate for more!
At the end of each shift, any worker can apply to any other
country to go and work there. They can only go if the other
country agrees. Once there, they must get at least the
minimum wage, but cannot demand the same wage as native
workers if they are on a higher salary.
You don’t always have to trade with the bank: you can
trade privately with the other nations. The bank / QCT
rules will not apply.
Each country should choose someone (or a couple of
people) who have the responsibility for keeping
financial records up-to-date. Bankers can do spot checks at
any time: you will be penalised if your records aren’t
“Speak up for people
who cannot speak for
themselves. Protect the
rights of all who are
helpless. Speak for them
and be a righteous judge.
Protect the rights of the
poor and the needy.”