Sunday 11 December 2016

Transition Year pupils take on the High Street

Published 27/11/2015 | 02:30

Macarena Serrano, Maria Ros, Miguel Riesco with their 'Power Bottles' during the launch of Colaiste Chraobh Abhann Pop-Up Shop for 'spirit of enterprise week' located on the Main Street of Kilcoole
Macarena Serrano, Maria Ros, Miguel Riesco with their 'Power Bottles' during the launch of Colaiste Chraobh Abhann Pop-Up Shop for 'spirit of enterprise week' located on the Main Street of Kilcoole
Ally O'Sullivan, Nicola Buckley, Donna Kerrigan and Claire Murphy of Cólaiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire at the Cork Schools Business Runway trade fair which took place at Cork Airport on Thursday 26th November as part of the Schools Enterprise Awards.

A group of 15-year-olds studying at Colaiste Chraobh Abhann in Co Wicklow have achieved what many real-life entrepreneurs struggle to do by opening their own shop.

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The students have refurbished a vacant local premises to sell products developed as part of the school's Transition Year programme. The pop-up shop on the Main Street in Kilcoole, Co Wicklow, launched last week by Wicklow TD and Minister of State Simon Harris, is open until November 29. Wares include a board game which assists students learning Irish and a handy device for securing headphones while exercising. Pictured above are Macarena Serrano, Maria Ros and Miguel Riesco with their 'Power Bottles' during the launch.

Meanwhile, Christmas shoppers had the opportunity this week to purchase something a little different, when schools showcased their mini-companies at the Cork Schools Business Runway trade fair which took place at Cork Airport, as part of the Schools Enterprise Awards. Over five hundred Cork students participated in the event, comprising 130 mini-company groups.

Students were interviewed by a panel of judges during the Trade Fair and rated on their business acumen, before prize winners were selected by category. Sarah McCabe

Irish Independent

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