Enterprise Project

Age: 8,9,10
Project Year: 2010-11

Learning from each others business ventures

We started off in September by exchanging pupil profiles about ourselves and our hobbies etc. and then started to exchange messages via moodle. We also completed wikis about our school and ourselves. Before Christmas, we both decided to have a stab at some aspect of business. In St Mary's the class made and sold rice krispie buns, making a total of about €60 which we donated to a local charity while the boys and girls in Aughnacloy made some goodie bags which they sold at our School Concert. The children chose their own company name: BizzKids! We made a profit of £100 and the unanimous decision was made to give the money to charity - which ended up being the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice. So our children have been very busy learning about many different aspects of business.

The children have weekly, sometimes even twice weekly conferences about the various business aspects we are learning about in the programme, e.g. interviews, different business types etc. Both schools also undertook a town walk where they looked carefully at all the different businesses that are in their town. They took notes and were able to compare and contrast all the findings to note the similarities and differences between businesses in Aughnacloy and Longford. This was done using both the forums and video conferences.

Immediately after Christmas, we began our Junior Achievement Programme; Our Nation. Unfortunately, St Mary's cannot avail of the programme in their area, but we are able to video conference and use the flip video and share the experience with our friends in Longford. Once the Junior Achievement programme is finished we will be able to focus on setting up our own businesses under the various structures e.g. finance, marketing etc. Both schools are involved in Eco work so we decided to focus our business ideas on this with students planting and selling either flowers or vegetable seedlings. Students created job advertisements and we carried out job interviews using the flip video and video conferencing equipment, between our own pupils and also between pupils in both schools.

Face-to-Face

For our face-to-face we visited Lough key forest park. Students took part in-group activities and enjoyed meeting their partner school.

Schools Involved

Media Gallery

For Dissolving Boundaries Day 2014 we invited schools to send us short video recordings that show what DB means to them. We've pieced these together into a movie!

A documentary about linking schools through ICT; case studies of cross-border links between Northern Ireland and Ireland in the Dissolving Boundaries programme and in Israel through the TEC program.

 

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