Eighteen projects into entrepreneur showcase
Eighteen projects from Co Wicklow schools will be on display at the Junior Enterprise Programme's national final in Dublin next week.
The local pupils will be among some 5,500 schoolchildren participating in the Junior Enterprise Programme (JEP) All Ireland Showcase day at the RDS on Monday, May 20, hosted by Marty Morrissey and featuring Keelin Shanley and Miriam O'Callaghan.
Among those exhibiting their work will be fifth class from Scoil Na Coróine Mhuire in Ashford. Their Class Cookbook contains 56 of the children's favourite recipes and is a snapshot of living history of what it's like to be a child in Ashford in 2019.
Sixth class from Gaelscoil Ui Cheadaigh in Bray will be presenting Cártaí GUC6 - playing cards with Irish and English proverbs on them and pictures to go with each of them. They are suitable for all ages.
Pupils from fifth class at St Peter's Primary School in Bray will be showcasing their product, Fine Liners. These are pre-ruled copy books for English and Maths that save time for pupils because the red margin is already in place.
Sixth class from St Laurence's National School in Greystones will be presenting their t-shirt printing business, Halla Creations. The children did market research before settling on four prints, which were a hit with children and adult customers alike.
Live Love Laugh Gifts is the work of the fourth, fifth and sixth class pupils at Stratford Lodge in Baltinglass, who have been selling a selection of gift items such as homemade cards, keyrings, bathbombs, kindling bags and fairy doors.
A product aimed at helping those less fortunate will be showcased by the fifth class pupils of Gaelscoil an Inbhir Mhoir in Arklow. Helping Hands is an essential hygiene bag for the homeless containing a bivvy bag, deodorant, wipes, tissues, plasters, toothbrush/toothpaste as well as gloves and a scarf for warmth.
The fifth and sixth class pupils of Coolfancy NS will be hoping to impress the judges with Coolfancy Keyrings - a selection of double-sided keyrings with beautiful pictures of local buildings in our community.
Two projects from sixth class at Scoil Naomh Iosaf in Baltinglass have made it through to the national final.
SNI Bakes features a number of delicious homemade treats, which all came with their own printed recipe card so that the customer could try the recipe themselves at home. They also created Cake Boxes with 4-6 of each product inside.
Meanwhile Names In Frames is a range of personalised frames with scrabble letters. The children offered a selection of frames and two design options: a message in scrabble letters or a mix of scrabble letters and a photo.
The pupils of fifth class at St Joseph's NS, Templerainey, Arklow, will be presenting BMT (Book Mark Technology), which is a range of origami corner bookmarks and origami boxes. The bookmarks, which were all made by the children, come in many different styles.
Hand-crafted wooden carts were the product of choice for the third, fourth, fifth and sixth class pupils of Donoughmore NS in Donard. This handled caddy is useful for storing delivered milk in glass bottles or for gardening or household cleaning products.
The fifth and sixth class pupils of Scoil Chaoimhin Naofa in Glendalough were inspired by their surroundings when they came up with GlendaRock! The children have used stones to create framed recreations of three local landmarks - Glendalough's round tower, St Kevin's Kitchen and St Kevin's Cross.
Greystones Educate Together will have two products created by its sixth class pupils vying for the win at the RDS.
Space Dash is a board game in which the four players collect moon rocks currency, take over planets and buy flag upgrades. The person with the most moon rocks at the end of the game is the winner.
Wicks & Wax is a collection of handmade scented candles made from sustainable, locally-sourced materials.
Fifth class pupils at St Mary's and St Gerard's NS in Enniskerry will be bringing Marvellous Makes and Brilliant Bakes to the grand final. This collection of gift ideas includes meringue kisses, slime, hand-painted glass mosaic bangles and pendants, microwavable muffin mix in a mug, bath salts and bombs and seasonal cards.
County Cards will be presented by the fifth class pupils from St Patrick's NS in Greystones. This interactive game is based on geography, history and general knowledge about the 32 counties of Ireland and has three levels of questions so any age group can play.
The fifth and sixth class pupils of Hollywood NS came up with HollyWOOD, a range of products made from locally sourced wood. The range includes coasters, people figures, egg cups, fairy/troll doors and crosses.
Finally, sixth class pupils from St Peter's Primary School in Bray will bring their Magical Bunny Doors to the RDS. Sold in the run up to Easter, these were foam bunny doors in five different colours.