Bi Gnothach Primary Schools Enterprise Programme

Primary school students honoured at Enterprise Awards Ceremony

Students from primary school around the county  were honoured  for their enterprise skills at a recent ceremony in the County Library Tallaght.

More than 40 primary school children accompanied by their teachers attended the Bi Gnothach Awards Presentations 2014 - an enterprise education initiative of the Local Enterprise Office South Dublin.

Each year, with materials and support from the Local Enterprise Office, students mainly from 5th and 6th class  in participating schools study what makes a business succeed, idea generation, market research, finance and production culminating in setting up their own business ( in some cases more than one business) and trading both inside and outside of school.

This year 32 schools representing more than 1000 students within South Dublin County took part in the programme and  produced  a range of viable business ideas including food products and services, seasonal pop up shops,  attractive recycled and upcycled craft products, creative magazines and a variety of imaginative arts and crafts enterprises.

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 this work has been on  display in the County Library Tallaght for the month of June.

Students usually opt to donate profits to charities of their choice or / and their own school. This year many childrens and cancer charities benefitted from the students largesse.

Amongst the 9 finalists selected for awards this year  were Ballyroan Boys NS, Cnoc Mhuire SNS Killinarden, Scoil Mhuire Clondalkin, Solas Chriost Belgard, St Dominic’s NS Tallaght, St Martin De Porres Tallaght, Scoil Treasa Firhouse, Scoil Aine Naofa NS and Divine Mercy SNS Lucan. 

Overall Enterprising School of the Year 2014 – went to Divine Mercy SNS Lucan  with their business projects Happy Hearts, ABC Crafts and the Black Apple Café . 76 students in the school took part in the programme across 3 classes – including our youngest entrepreneurs ever from 3rdclass. The students carried out in depth market research and called on the mentoring skills of a local entrepreneur for tips and advice.

Sales Awards  went to busy craftworkers in  Scoil Aine Naofa NS Lucan  with their business Finger Puppets which generated €4001 for St Vincent de Paul  and to Scoil Treasa SNS Firhouse which achieved impressive sales results for business Get in the Loop wrisbands

Eco Business Award  was won by St Martin De Porres NS Tallaght  for their innovative eco friendly and quirky  Wow Wallets made from recycled milk cartons.

Special Merit Awards – went to Ballyroan Boys NS  with their confectionary  business Nest-Lay Easter Chocolate Nests; Cnoc Mhuire SNS Killinarden  with their business Enterprise Day utilising a variety of skills from baking to hair dressing to pottery painting and more;  Scoil Mhuire Clondalkin with their clever and attractive  products Amazeballz and Pipetastics;  Solas Chriost Belgard with Gro Yo and Flower Power utilising unwanted seeds, jars and pots; St Dominic’s NS Tallaght and Cute Cupids Company which set up a pop up shop in the local community to help sell their products. The aim of the annual Bi Gnothach programme is to promote enterprise education in 5th & 6th class at primary level.  More than 11,000 primary school students have been introduced to enterprise education since the programme started in 2005.  

Bi Gnothach Programme

The aim of the annual Bi Gnothach programme is to promote enterprise education in 5th & 6th class at primary level.  More than 10,000 primary school students have been introduced to enterprise education since the programme started in 2005. 

For more information on this programme or any of our other Enterprise Education activities, please contact Sandra Hickey in South Dublin Local Enterprise Office @ 01 4149000 or email shickey@sdublincoco.ie