Friday 18 August 2017

Keep calm and carry on - thanks to pupils

Ella McGloin Mia O'Brien Kelly with Bizword tutor Izabela Stankiewicz at St Mochta’s National School in Clonsilla. Photo: Conor McCabe
Ella McGloin Mia O'Brien Kelly with Bizword tutor Izabela Stankiewicz at St Mochta’s National School in Clonsilla. Photo: Conor McCabe

Rory Tevlin

Caring young students devised a calming kit to help classmates who are panicked or anxious at school.

Fifth-class students at Scoil Bhride in Clane, Co Kildare, created the 'Calm Me Down' kit thanks to a programme aimed at developing young entrepreneurs at primary school level.

The project was part of an innovative two-day Bizworld workshop held in the school last week. Bizworld is a not-for-profit organisation, chaired by Gavin Duffy, that promotes entrepreneurship skills for children at fifth-class level.

More than 40,000 children have taken part in free Bizworld workshops around the country in the past two years, with more than 200 schools hosting programmes this year.

A workshop was also held in St Mochta's NS Clonsilla and fifth-class teacher Kieran Mullarkey was stunned at the amount of hidden talent that emerged.

"We have a lot of children of varying abilities and Bizworld gave the opportunity for some children who might struggle academically to shine in other areas," said Mr Mullarkey.

"Their company ideas were fantastic - a revolutionary phone case, shoes with retractable in-line skate wheels, a mystery bakery, a solar-powered backpack and a new range of fashionable, waterproof and stain-proof clothing."

Irish Independent

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