Primary Schools Students Honoured at Enterprise Award Ceremony

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.

 Close to 50 primary school children accompanied by their teachers attended the Bi Gnothach Awards Presentations 2015 - an enterprise education initiative of the Local Enterprise Office South Dublin.

2015 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Primary School Enterprise programme in the county which this year, saw 29 schools taking part representing approximately 950 students. Since the programme started in 2005, a whopping 11,000 primary school students have been introduced to enterprise education in the county, studying  what makes a business succeed, generating winning ideas, carrying out market research, raising finance & producing  goods and services. Many schools have participated in the programme every year since its inception demonstrating the strong entrepreneurial ethos underpinning these schools.

This years cohort of entrepreneurs set up a range of viable business projects including food products and services, attractive recycled and upcycled craft products, Entertainment & Leisure services, natural cosmetics, seasonal decorations and more.

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 charities benefitted from the students largesse.

Among the 10 finalists selected for awards this year were Glenasmole N.S, St Mary’s N.S Rowlagh,  St Mark’s  SNS Tallaght, Scoil Mhuire Clondalkin, Scoil Treasa Firhouse, Scoil Chaitlin Maude Tallaght, St Thomas’ SNS Jobstown, St Joseph’s Special School Balrothery, Scoil Mhuire Ballyboden & St Colmcille’s SNS Knocklyon.

Roll of Honour

Overall Enterprising School of the Year 2015 – went to Scoil Mhuire Clondalkin  with their business project Boom Balms– natural lip balm selction.  Students from 4th, 5th & 6th classes in the school took part in the programme demonstrating excellent teamwork and business organisation. This is a school that engages with Bi Gnothach every year, this year adopting a multi class approach with each class making a different lip balm for sale. They set up Instagram and Snapchat accounts for digital marketing as well as Youtube videos to promote their products giving every student an opportunity to sell to their customers. 

Sales Awards  went to busy entrepreneurs in St Colmcille’s SNS Knocklyon  with their business Squishiez – a quirky selection of stressballs and to  Scoil Treasa SNS Firhouse which achieved impressive sales results for business Merry Knitmas – an attractive selction of hand crafted seasonal decorations.  

Eco Business Award  was won by St Joseph’s Special School Balrothery  for their innovative Bee Hotel, handcrafted accommodation to encourage solitary bees to nest in your wildlife garden & pollinate flowers and vegetables Marketing Award went to Scoil Mhuire Ballyboden with their business Jazzy Jarz – novelty hand painted jars contain sweets using recycled jars for raw material.

Special Merit Awards – went to Glenasmole National School  with their Bakery Business;  St Mary’s National School Rowlagh with their Used Toy & Book Sale, Little Café & Grassheads: St Mark’s SNS Tallaght with their business Funky Frames & Photo Booth: Scoil Chaitlin Maude with their Keyring business; St Thomas’s SNS Jobstown with their business Knitted Necklaces & Pom Poms