Quick Start Programme
It’s been another very successful year for our budding Year 10 entrepreneurs, with the Quick start programme.
This 10 week programme saw our students set up and run their own company, giving them their first taste of entrepreneurship and business and providing them with an understanding of the highs and lows of running their own business, taking their product from business plan to market place.
Beginning in October 2015 the pupils worked tirelessly during their breaks, lunches and after school to create a fantastic business enterprise.
In preparation for their first trade fair in December they identified opportunities to test market their wares. They were not disappointed. Sales of their Christmas themed goods soared at both the year 9 and year 13 parent teacher evenings in late November and December. The enthusiasm and confidence shown by these young students was incredible.
With renewed gusto the young men prepared for their main event – the December Trade Fair in Forestside. As a reward for all the hard work Fionntan Austin was selected as the representative from St. Mary’s to take part in a week’s work experience in February.
They are however all winners. The programme certainly served to build their confidence in managing their own business and trading with the public. They have acquired tremendous skills that are transferable to self employment, employment and their further studies. A valuable experience I am sure you will agree!
A 500% return on their investment made the experience worthwhile and in true social entrepreneurial spirit they made a donation to Project Zambia.
Congratulations to all – Fionntan Austin, Martin Dempster, Odhran Feeley, Conor Fay, Liam McKeown, Tiernan O’Flaherty, Lawrence Whelan, Louie Cafolla, Aaron Ferris, Eoin McShane and Edward Fallon.
Project Business Programme
Year 10 students recently accepted the challenge to participate in Young Enterprise’s Project Business programme.
The aim of the event was to help students understand how business works, and to inspire and foster a culture of enterprise.
The students were organized into groups and were launched into the programme through a practical “How the Money Goes Round” game (the bracelet business). Through the game students discover that businesses fulfill the needs and wants of customers, investors, employees and society as a whole, through providing goods and services, creating wealth, providing employment and paying taxes!
In running their bracelet business the students had the opportunity to develop those all important team working, communication, problem solving, planning and presentation skills which are so highly sought after in the work place.
We were privileged to have alumni Niall Lenaghan back to help out with the day. Niall currently works in IT management in the global bank Citibank. This afforded the students an opportunity to listen and ask questions about the world of work and the various career paths available.
It was a fun and interactive day with plenty of games, activities and role play exercises to enhance their learning experience.
Well done to our year 10 students.