Kildare and Wicklow ETB Newsletter Issue 10 Learn, Work, Live - Page 40


The Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen T.D. visited the school on Wednesday, December 7th, and was accompanied by Minister for Food, Andrew Doyle T.D. to acknowledge the schools tradition and success in the area of enterprise and also to launch new teacher resources that will support over 20,000 secondary school students taking part in the Student Enterprise Programme. During the visit, the Minister also met with Luke Byrne in fifth year, who won the Senior Category at the National Student Enterprise Awards earlier this year. He also met with other enterprising students from the school, who are either competing in this year’s programme, or who have previously won awards for their enterprises. The enterprising students have developed products such as pet treats, homemade chutneys, self-help books, exercise tools and an Irish board game.

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The theme of this year’s ‘Spirit of Enterprise Week’, celebrated in December, was ‘Find Your Lightbulb Moment’. A number of activities took place in the school, including guest speakers for second year and sixth year students and a Transition Year interschool quiz. First years held their mini company exhibition, which was attended by parents and guests who judged their products. Transition Year students also showcased their products, with special guests judging them in a ‘Dragons Den’ competition.


Well done to Dylan Symes, Sam Ireland and Oisín Cullen who were highly commended in the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in January for their project, ‘Innovations for feeding technology for livestock’. Kelianne Coughlan and Lucy McCabe also represented the school at the exhibition with their project, ‘The potential of gorse as a biofuel’.