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Year 8 students enjoying the annual Big School event - View Full Size Image
Year 8 students enjoying the annual Big School event
Year 8 students enjoying the annual Big School event - View Full Size Image
Year 8 students enjoying the annual Big School event
Year 8 students enjoying the annual Big School event - View Full Size Image
Year 8 students enjoying the annual Big School event
13/11/2009 ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERIENCE FOR LORETO FIRST YEARS

All Year 8 students at Loreto College Coleraine took part in a workshop organised by Young Enterprise Northern Ireland on Friday 13th November 2009.

Entitled “Big School”, the workshop seeks to facilitate the transition from junior to senior school for the students, as well as fostering in them a sense of business and enterprise awareness.  Young Enterprise Northern Ireland conducts seminars in the classroom that focus on skills the students will need to be successful in their new school – skills like communication and team work.  These skills will also be invaluable to students who hope to enter an entrepreneurial career area later in life.

During the course of the workshop, the first year students were also given the opportunity to work with sixth form students – the senior students shared their expertise and experience with their junior counterparts, helping to teach them new skills as well as faciliating the familiarisation process for the junior students at their first term at Loreto College.

Karen Murphy, Young Enterprise Training Manager, commented, “Our aim is to make school as positive an experience as possible for these young people.  The skills they learn now can be applied in any new experience, and will therefore help them prepare for success in their working life when the time comes.”

Young Enterprise Northern Ireland is a cross-community not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to inspiring young people to develop attitudes and skills for personal success, life-long learning and employability through participation in practical business programmes.  Miss Maria Flannelly, Head of Careers at Loreto College, and Mrs Sinead McNicholl, Employability and Learning for Life and Work Co-ordinator, commented on the excellence of the seminar programme experienced by the Year 8 students, which had proved highly beneficial in developing their awareness of entrepreneurial skills and employability.