September and October News 2018-19.
End of an Era-Old Junior Cert abolished.
The last ever old style Junior Certificate results came out and 4 of our pupils received As. There is a new syllabus with a common level paper and a 2-hour exam in 3rd year. Pupils now do CBAs as part of their overall exam result. This replaces the 2 paper, 4.5 hours’ exam they did as part of the old Junior Cert. the pupils to get as were Conor Brown, Kemeng Du,……………. Later in the year they will receive an accreditation from UCD school of Business.
Annual Ploughing Championships visit.
Every year 5th year Business pupils make their way down to the ploughing championships. This year again it was held near Tullamore. Over 70 pupils get to see the largest agricultural and business show in Europe. Most large scale businesses take stands at the event and market their goods and services. In addition many small scale Irish entrepreneurs sell their products to the over 200,000 entrants over the 3 days of the show.
Annual Student Enterprise competition launch.
It’s that time of year again when all business pupils from 1st and 2nd year develop their business ideas into fully operational businesses. This year we have over 70 pupils in 1st year participating and we are hoping to continue our great success in the competition from last year.
Mini Company news.
This year the mini company has been reduced to a 10-week module and this has led to a few teething problems. Luckily enough 1 of the trees by the rugby pitches was blown down and we got the opportunity to bag it for fire wood. They are hoping to dry out wood and sell it before end of module.
November and December News.
Year 1, 2 and 5 are preparing for their |Christmas exams and we wish them the best of luck, particularly the 1st years who are doing their its exams in the senior cycle.
Annual Student Enterprise Competition.
The competition is in full launch and there are over 75 entries to this year’s competition. Market day is the last Thursday before school breaks up and this year we have asked as many parents to come in and support the many varied business enterprises. Here are some photos from the big day.
Minister for Enterprise visits the school, along with Josh Van Flier.
As part of the nationwide launch of Annual Student Enterprise competition, Wesley college was asked to help out by allowing the Department of Enterprise use our facilities to show off many business ideas. So we set up the canteen area as our display area and both the Minister and Josh duly came in for the photo shoots with over 20 businesses. These came mainly from Wesley but also included were national winners from previous years. Here are some photos from the day.
January and February News.
Winners announced for Annual Student Enterprise competition.
The winners of the competition are as follows:
These pupils will go forward to represent Wesley college in the Dublin South regional final in March. They are some excellent business ideas and the judges were most complementary on their ideas and enthusiasm. Special thanks to the Parents Association for their help in getting judges to adjudicate our winners.
Return of Guest speakers.
Thanks very much to Rachel Bowden for coming in to speak to out 5th year business pupils on the topic of Marketing. She gave a really interesting talk on how marketing has changed in outlook over the decades.
Transition Year OMD work experience.
Once again OMD marketing Company agreed to take 15 of our pupils on a week’s work experience. This year the pupils were given a brief from Vodafone and asked to develop a marketing plan for their product range. At the end of the week they do a presentation in the auditorium where the best presentation receives a prize. Well don to all involved in the week and a special thanks to OMD.
March, April and May News.
Student Enterprise National final in Croke Park.
Our 1st and 2nd year entries made their busy way to the national final in Croke Park. We arrived at 8.30am and set up our stalls. The Nestbox Company were in the Intermediate section. Both Shane and Milo had done an amazing job making nest boxes and selling large volumes of them over the past 5 months. they were up against some top class business ideas and did not make it to the to 3. However they did us immensely proud on the day.
The Irish Game Makers also were in a very competitive environment and while their idea received great praise for innovation they have work to do on marketing the product in a more complete way.
State exams loom.
3rd year Pupils will sit the new Junior Cert Business Studies exam for the first time this year and we wish them all the best. In addition, over 70 pupils will do Leaving cert business exams. They are working hard and again we wish them every success in their exams.
Business Innovation Award.
5th year business pupils present their 1st drafts of their Business projects which businessman Philip Robinson always reads with great interest. He then meets the pupils to discuss their ideas to see the potential in them. It is a valuable exercise for the pupils to learn from experienced business people and the final winners will be announced next Sept when they make their final drafts available to him for reading. Best of luck to them all. ),b.pageX