24 mini-businesses were showcased at Ardee Parish Centre on Wednesday as Ardee Community School’s Transition Year students were given the chance to make some pre-Christmas cash at their annual Enterprise Trade Fair.
A whole range of businesses were on display at the fair – including those selling bath bombs, dog beds made from recycled materials, hoodies, cosmetics, advent calendars, jigsaws, picture frames and festive ornaments – all of which drew plenty of interest from locals, parents, friends, teachers and first and second year students who came over for a mosey.
There was lots to munch on two – with the €1 pancakes stand proving popular, as did the Sweets & Treats stand for popcorn and made-on-site milkshakes too. We even spotted vice-principal Tony Corcoran put his hand in his pocket to support some of the mini-enterprises.
In just the second year of the enterprise fair, the students were helped and supervised by teachers Joanne Finnegan, Joan McArdle and Pamela Phillips. The students approached the day with great creativity and enthusiasm – with some of them even going so far as to take out stand’s at Sunday’s Xmas Craft and Food Fair at the old church in preparation for Wednesday’s fair.
The students also spent time in class surveying and questioning what products they can market and sell, encouraged to be innovative and show entrepreneurial skills. The students really enjoyed the experience of working in a business like situation, having complete independence over their ideas and products and even making a profit at the end of it all.
In total, 95 Transition Year students took part.
Over the last few years, TY pupils from Ardee have showcased a real creativity and enterprise in developing, designing and launching their products and mini-companies. In March this year, one group of 2016/17 TY students from Ardee Community School came away with a prize for Best Display Stand at the Louth Student Enterprise Awards at the Carrickdale Hotel in Dundalk.
The group – Grace Duffy, Tara McGuinness, Gemma Murphy and Eoghan McCabe – won for their business, ‘The Photobooth Company’ who had previously exhibited at their TY fair.
Transition Year is a one year school based programme between Junior and Senior Cycle. It is designed to act as a bridge between the two by facilitating the smooth transition from the more dependant learning of the Junior Cycle to the more independent self-directed learning required for the Senior Cycle.
The full range of businesses at the 2017 Trade Fair were:
Ardee CS Transition Year 2017 – Mini-Businesses
- Fab Frames
- Bits & Bombs
- ACS Hoodies
- ACS Windcheaters
- Lite Light
- Tyred Dogs
- Sweets & Treats
- ACS Shorts and Socks
- Creation Station
- GP Gloves
- Homemade Bath Products
- Best Buddies Bowl
- €1 Pancakes
- SportSupport – Shoe Cleaning Kits
- Face Painting
- K&K Cosmetics
- Home for Christmas Advent Calendars
- Pamper Hampers
- DIY Festive Ornaments
- Fresh Locks
- Educational Jigsaws
- Selection Boxes/Cans of Pop