It was an early start on Monday for a group of young entrepreneurs as the travelled to Dublin for the Junior Entrepreneur showcase in the RDS. Over1600 pupils from around Ireland attended the event to showcase their product. This was a wonderful experience for our pupils. The group displayed their cookery book, chatted to pupils from other primary schools about their product and compared profits made! Our pupils from the Holy Family School were shortlisted for two awards, Financial wizards and Top Teams. This is the first year the school participated and it was a wonderful experience from production, sales to the showcase. Well done to a wonderful bunch of Young Entrepreneurs.
Thanks to the generosity of the Parents' Association and the Board of Management our new school bus arrived in March. It pulled up at the school door to a big welcome from the pupils who were all waiting to climb aboard. Some staff were nervous at the prospect of driving it but it has had its maiden voyage. The addtional bus means that more pupils will have the opportunity to be out and about on educational trips and outings.
The senior pupils working on the Junior Entrepreneur Program met with some 'Dragons' in the White Star! Each pair presented their ideas with some visual props created by themselves. Travis and Marc spoke about their love of comic books and displayed a number of their wonderful art pieces. Dylan also expressed his interest in making a picture illustrated story and answered a number of tricky questions.Toni and Rachel created a game called 'Pop the Poker chip', this was a favorite with the dragons as they showed their competitive edge trying to out-win each other! Daniel and Caelan spoke about their healthy eating board game. Darren and Caelan spoke about their personalized sports bottle. Orlando introduced us to his handmade bird houses. We then had a conference call with Paul who spoke about his idea of a recipe book, he had wanted to call it 'Granny's recipes' as these were already tried and tested.
All pupils showed wonderful interview skills and did remarkably well at introducing us to their ideas,
The pupils are now bringing all their talents together and creating 'The Holy Family' Recipe book which is a combination of all our Holy Family Favorite recipes.
Just before Christmas the pupils and staff exited the doors on Old Bridge Rd for the final time. The new temporary premises is located on the Cavan Road. Staff and pupils are now enjoying the new spacious building and are thrilled with the new facilities and the opportunities that this building provides for the learning experiences of the children.
A group of Senior pupils are embarking on the 'Junior Entrepreneur Programme' 2019. As part of this programme the group visited the ATA factory in Cavan. Here they were introduced to the entrepreneur, heard about how the business was set up and how it is now one of 3 of these businesses in the world. The pupils experienced work life in the factory, handled equipment and saw how the materials produced were packaged and distributed throughout the world. It was a wonderful experience. Next week the pupils bring their ideas to the 'Dragons Den'.
Turning of the sod.
On Friday the 18th October An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visited the school accompanied by Heather Humphries, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Mairead McGuiness, Vice President of the European Parliment to "turn the sod" on our new bulding.
He was given the traditional Holy Family School welcome by the staff and pupils with songs, a poem and a number of presentations.
The pupils greeted him with the "Hello" song. This was followed by the Senior pupils who sang "You've got a friend in me". AS number of senior pupils recited a poem written especially to mark the occasion telling the history of the school from its beginnings in Carrickmacross to its present site and the hopes we have for the future in our new building.
Nojus Zumaras presented Leo with a personalised sports jersey with the school logo on it.
Reece O Reilly had a hamper full of goodies from O Leary's shop for him and Fionn Smith from the Junior classes gave Leo a framed piece of Carrickmacross Lace to recognise our link wiht the town. The pupils then had a few questions for Leo about his taste in music, whether he was going to do the Dublin City Marathon or not, his favourite football team and his previous trips to Cavan.
Before heading out to turn the sod the pupils sang the "Community song" which was enthusiastically signed by Matthew Dolan.
A group of nine pupils from the Holy Family School, Cootehill completed the school year by receiving their Junior Cycle Profile of achievements in the Level 2 Learning Programme. This was the culmination of 3 years hard work in the New Junior Cycle Programme which incorporates academics through a practical approach to learning. Parents and pupils enjoyed the display of photographic and portfolios of evidence before the certificates were presented by school principal, Rachel Moynagh. Well done to the pupils involved.