Five transition year students at Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore have been selected to represent their School at the finals of the Enterprise Awards which will be held in Naas, Co. Kildare on the 8th. May 2014.
The idea behind the Enterprise Awards is to promote business ideas that are developed by those students who are in transition year. Twenty two other schools from the region entered the regional final of the competition held in Kilkenny.
A wide range of products were on display for judging, for example bakery products, gaming devices and educational aids. Six projects were selected to go forward to the National Finals. The group also had the distinction of coming second in the innovation category of the competition.
The students at Our Lady’s formed a company called ‘Gnó beag’ as part of their transition year business project. They then developed an App called ‘Srapp’. It is designed to assist leaving certificate students who are preparing for the oral Irish proficiency examination.
The App contains summarised Irish notes that a student requires when studying and preparing for the oral Irish. An innovative feature of the App is that it contains audio tracks of the poems, that are on the syllabus.
Oral conversation starters, notes for sraith pictuir and conversation topics feature in the app also.
The Business Manager of the Group, Grainne Daly, said that this App is of immense value to students preparing for their oral Irish examination as it is interactive and more user friendly than having to rely on traditional study methods.
Brid Spillane, Marketing Manager said that the group is advertising the App widely and demand for it has been ‘brisk’. She expects that all orders will be filled.
John Carroll, Finance Manager said that once the group decided to develop the product it was necessary to raise finance. This was achieved by having a bake sale in the school which provided the group with the necessary finance.
The Secretary of the group, Peter Nyland reflected on the project and noted that from humble beginnings it had now morphed into one of the products that was being considered for a National Award.
The Sales Manager, Ciaran Thorpe said the group were very proud to be representing a school from Tipperary in the National finals and that he hoped it would encourage other schools in the County, in future years, to get involved in the enterprise awards competition.
The group are confident that as word of the App spreads there will be strong interest in it from those who are preparing for the Oral Irish. They strongly believe that it will be of immense value to those who are seeking to maximise their potential marks in this examination.
The App is available for download off the Google Play store at a very modest price of 0.98c.