Primary school students honoured at Enterprise Awards ceremony 21st June 2018Back to List
Primary school students honoured at Enterprise Awards ceremony 21st June 2018
Students from primary schools around South Dublin County were honoured for their enterprise skills at an awards ceremony in County Library, Tallaght hosted by the Local Enterprise Office South Dublin.
Approximately 50 primary school children accompanied by their teachers attended the Bí Gnóthach Awards Presentations 2018 - an enterprise education initiative of the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) South Dublin.
This year is the 13th year of the Primary School Enterprise programme in South Dublin with the participation of 28 schools comprising approximately 1,100 students. Since the programme started in 2005, 12,000 primary school students in South Dublin have been introduced to enterprise education, studying the fundamentals of business including idea generation, market research, raising finance and production of goods and services. The high participation levels demonstrate a commitment to the development of a strong local entrepreneurial ethos.
This year’s exciting group of young entrepreneurs set up a range of successful enterprise projects including food products, mindfulness packs, attractive upcycled craft products, entertainment and leisure services, and many more. The students have also donated profits from their enterprises to charities and school events.
Participating schools submitted colourful posters, materials and samples depicting their efforts as well as enterprise diaries recording their market research, sales and finances. Samples of their work are on display in the County Library Tallaght throughout the month of June.
Speaking at the Awards, Amanda Mills, Senior Enterprise Development Officer from the Local Enterprise Office in South Dublin said:
”The real stars of this programme are the students, teachers and principals that have engaged with us and demonstrated such entrepreneurial spirit inside and outside the classroom. The wide range of ideas show great creativity and demonstrate that the local economy in South Dublin will be in good hands in the future.”
The continued sponsorship and support of Institute of Technology Tallaght for the LEO South Dublin Enterprise Education programmes was also acknowledged.
Among the 10 finalists selected for awards this year were Scoil Mhuire Clondalkin, St Martins NS Brittas, Solas Chríost NS, St Martin de Porres, Talbot SNS and Ballyroan B.N.S., St. Anne’s NS Fettercairn, Scoil Treasa Firhouse, Adamstown Castle Educate Together NS and Sacred Heart NS Sruleen.
Roll of Honour
Overall Enterprising School of the Year 2018 went to Solas Chríost NS, Belgard and their business Bottle Buddies. The students showed excellent research and development skills while testing their Bottle Buddies. After being refused additional funding by their principal Mr. Kelly they pitched their findings from their research and highlighted the unique selling point of their idea and secured the additional funding to start their enterprise. Their product is eco-friendly, fashionable and helps to keep drinks cooler. They showed excellent team work and organisational skills, good marketing and promotional skills. The children made a profit and have donated their money to three charities – Irish Cancer Society, Dogs Trust and Make a Wish!
Sales Awards went to the hard selling students of Ballyroan BNS. The students showed great team work from the creation of the business, the advertising, distribution and in particular their sales skills. Their attention to detail for their costings, calculations of profit and loss earned them an amazing €1,047. The students will be donating their profits to a local fundraising initiative.
Eco Business Award was won by St. Anne’s NS Fettercairn. The students have been working towards the School’s Green Flag and decided to use this theme for their new business idea. They were very creative using all recycled materials and re-designing them as cards for resale. They made a profit and are going to put it towards a new sensory garden linking in with their recycling and environmental theme.
Marketing Award went to Talbot SNS, Clondalkin. These students did a fantastic job working together discussing their business idea, completing a marketing survey, checking the cost of buying materials, advertising and production costs.
Their diary displayed the significant learning achieved during the process, and they will be donating their profits to a charity.
Entrepreneurial Spirit Award went to Scoil Mhuire Clondalkin. The students have been taking part in lots of positive initiatives in the school and they used this as their business idea. Using great creativity they created personal quote bookmarks with bursts of positivity. They did a lot of research around styles, production and costs through a survey. They successfully raised €650 and donated it to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.
Special Merit Awards went to:
Scoil Treasa and their business “Kickstartz”, St. Martins NS Brittas and their business “Jacko’s Bickies”, Adamstown Castle Educate Together NS and their business “An Siopa Scoile”, Sacred Heart NS Sruleen and their business “Stressheads Stressballs and Beastly Bookmarks”.