Three CBS Secondary School TY students scooped second place in the Get Up & Go Mini-Company national final in Naas.
Transition year students Jack Phelan, Peter Baker and Paddy Bartley set up their mini company ‘Use Your Imagination’ at the beginning of the school term. They developed educational puzzles, jigsaws and art drawing techniques into a youth safety themed package.
Jack’s brightly coloured 32 piece A4 size jigsaws are designed to educate primary school aged children on road safety, use of the Internet, environmental awareness and on ways to spot and stop bullying.
Quirky puzzles designed by Peter are challenging and popular for all age groups and Paddy’s ‘Teaching to Draw’ in 5 stages promotes a return to discovering the joy and sense of achievement of drawing techniques.
Their success in the ‘Presentation’ category in the national final has brought the students deserved recognition.
The mini company was previously awarded 1st for “Quality” in the contest’s Regional Trade Exhibition in the Springhill Hotel, Kilkenny on March 14 and awarded 3rd place in the “Sustainability” category.
The team were also awarded 3rd place in the senior category of the Student Enterprise Awards in Clonmel on March 1.
The students now plan to combine their ‘Use Your Imagination’ products into a box set.
They have been approached by the Road Safety Authority’s South Tipperary Co. Council branch to develop the Road Safety theme in all their products, which they aim to incorporate into teaching programmes for schools.
The ‘Use Your Imagination’ are working hard to tailor their products for this market.
Jack, Peter and Paddy thank Sue-Anne O’Donnell, South Tipperary Enterprise Co-ordinator for her help and guidance; their enterprise teacher Majella Gleeson and families for their support and advice.