Transition Year Mini Companies
Fifty nine pupils participated in transition year and from this group we managed to operate twelve excellent mini companies. They sold their products at parent teacher meetings, craft fairs, carol services and in various different businesses throughout Donegal. Before Christmas they were busy making their products and selling to the public.
In January the companies prepared their business plans, stands and power point presentations for the Dragon’s Den competition on the 28th January. We would like to thank Mr Stewart, Mr Gallagher and Miss Ferguson for their continued help and support with preparing the stands. The judges marked the students on their stand presentation, quality of product, innovation, presentation, finance and marketing. From this competition, Farm S.I.S (Safety is Success), Bake it Easy and Bath Bombs were awarded first, second and third place. The Turnover Project received a special merit award. From this competition eight companies were selected to attend the Get up and Go mini company competition in Donegal Town and Galway. This competition takes place on the 15th and 16th of April, with over eighteen prizes up for grabs. I’m sure we will have winning teams.
Two National Finals for Farm S.I.S.
Farm S.I.S. (Safety is Success) went onto represent the school at Donegal Local Enterprise Office. This competition was held in Mount Errigal Hotel on 12th March 2015. Eight companies from Donegal were competing to win. We presented a three minute verbal presentation to the judges and we were interviewed at our trade stand. Only one company was going to get through to the Student Enterprise National Finals in Croke Park on 22nd April and Farm S.I.S. took first place. We also received €150 cash prize.
On 10th March 2015 The Turnover Project and Farm S.I.S. travelled to LYIT for the Donegal-Sligo Regional Finals of Junior Achievement Ireland Competition. Eighty mini companies from Donegal and Sligo submitted a business plan and the judges narrowed it down to eleven companies. We set up our stand when we got there and the day consisted of an eight minute interview with two judges and a four minute power point presentation in the lecture theatre in front of an audience. After listening to all the competitors the judges went on to choose the two companies they were selecting for the National Finals in Citi Bank on Quays in Dublin on 13th and 14th May. The competition was tough but Farm S.I.S. came out on top along with Shield from Mercy College Sligo.
The Turnover Project are Young Social Innovators
It has been a very successful year so far for The Turnover Project. The team which is headed by Mitchell Goudie have represented the school at the Young Social Innovators Speak out in Derry/Londonderry on the 26th march. They are now anxiously waiting to see if they will be chosen to present at the Annual YSI showcase in Dublin in May.
They have also been shortlisted for the "Eircom Junior Spider Awards" and will attend the award ceremony in Facebook headquarters on the 20th April. Their website which is aims to de-stigmatize mental health issues amongst teens is a very worthwhile project, you can find out more information on this by visiting www.theturnoverproject.com
Mrs McCandless and Mrs Gallagher