First Place – Tipperary North Student Enterprise Awards
The Student Enterprise Awards is a County and City initiative designed to offer students the opportunity to take a business from the idea stage, through market research, production, selling, record keeping, management and writing a comprehensive report on their activities.
Five of the Transition Year Mini-Companies participated in this year’s competition. Megan Mason, Lisa Fogarty, Genevieve Ridge, Naomi McCarthy and Michelle Burke came up with “Kommunikool” – a design of storybooks and communication cards for young children, “Minni-Flashback”, designed and made by Mairead Molumby, Ashley Shanahan, Lucy Tobin, Grainne White, and Aoife O’Meara, is a DVD slide show of photos, video footage and favourite songs – an ideal birthday gift. “Exam Slam” is a double-sided revision sheet for Secondary School students and is an ideal exam aid. This was the idea of Ruth Atkins, Ciara Ryan, Ciara Maguire, Julianne Shine and Cathy Cloonan. The “bands4 Life” wrist band is a successful and popular enterprise created by Emma Byrne, Eimear Scott, Edel Cummins and Siobhan Ryan.
However, it was the Board game “Star Games”, designed and developed by Aine Blake, Sarah Kelly, Rachel Williams, Aoife McGrath, Orla Gleeson that won the day at the competition. This is an educational Board Game “Bizz-a-Board” which is fun to play but is also a very useful tool for knowing your Business curriculum as all aspects of the game have key Business terms and information at its core. The entries were judged by strict criteria: the written business report, the product sample, the trade stand and the the interview.
The five girls are very passionate about their idea and they are hopeful that they may get it professionally produced. They received the top prize of € 500 awarded to the winners of the Senior competition.
All Ireland Athletics Success
A little piece of history was made last Saturday in the National Aquatic Centre which hosted the All Ireland Cross Country Championships on its grounds. For the first time in the forty year history of the Championships, one school won two of the team events – Minor and Junior.
Three of the Athletics teams had qualified for the All Ireland Championships: Senior, Junior and Minor. Whilst Athletics is an individual sport, there is a team element to it. Each participant is awarded points for their finishing place and the team with the least points wins the team award.
There was great delight when Minor, Laura Costello came from the trailing pack and had a storming final 200 metres and took the bronze medal. Her team mates, Molly Kavanagh, Eimear Loughman and Aoife Delargy all competed very strongly and the total points gave the team the gold medal position.
The Junior team event, over 2,500 metres was a very competitive race and Ciara Cummins, Brigitte Murphy, Eileen Rafter and Orla Healy all ran very strongly and whilst none won individual medals, they were in a sufficiently high position to take team gold.
The Senior participants, Fiona McEnery, Emer Barry and Jenny Kelly, were in a highly competitive field and competed well over the 3,000 metres but not sufficiently strong enough to figure in the team medals.