NOVEMBER NEWS 2016

TYO INNOVATION DAY

Last Thursday 24th November all of TYO had an Innovation exhibition in the Myles Hall from 20opm until 4.00pm.  every pupil in the year took part in the competition , where pupils in teams had to come up with new ideas.  There was a full range of prototypes and finished products on display and the competition was kindly judged by Ms Paula O’Doherty and Ms Laura  Woelfe.  here are plenty of photos of the stands on display during the afternoon.

IMG_5882A board game business
 IMG_5880Cardboard amplifier
IMG_5879The Locker Business
IMG_5875Game Throne Armchair

IMG_5891A Headfone Rest
IMG_5892Herb Garden Business
IMG_5874Pancakes Makers
IMG_5872The Flower Power Business

Scott Evans Meets 6th Year Business Pupils.

3 times Olympic Irish Badminton player came back to see his old school last week.  He spoke in Senior Assembly and then came to 6th Year Business Class to Talk to Pupils about life as a professional sportsman and his career as a Entrepreneur.  He runs a clothing company from his home in Denmark and is considering other business options in the future back here in Ireland.  He impressed upon the pupils the need to regard yourself as a product in the world of individual sportsman in todays world.  In order to make a reasonable living professional sports people must understand the business side of the life.  In order to make a good living you have to be marketing savvy.  You need to be open to sponsorship and giving clients value for money when taking you on board in order to enhance your earnings.  Training for the Olympics is a 4 year plan that requires dedication and a steady income stream. His lifestyle has taken its toll on him physically and financially it is a strain, especially when injured.  The dedication required is a remarkable tribute to him.

 

STUDENT ENTERPRISE COMPETITION

All pupils entering the Student Enterprise Competition must have their samples shown to Mr Delany by Tuesday 29th November.  Please make sure you get a Business Report Template for your Business idea from your teacher. The TYO Innovation day Is to take place on Thursday 24th November in the Myles Hall.  Good luck to all those participating.

OCTOBER NEWS 2016

Mini-Company:

This year’s Transition Year Mini-Company have been busy at work since September 2016, from market researching to creating products to sell. -26 ideas is a unique and creative company created by young and daring entrepreneurs. -Our first couple of weeks consisted on Brain-storming and Negotiating different ideas. -We then separated into 5 groups with different ideas on different products. -CVs were sent in and each of us were interviewed for different roles within the company…. -We have a CEO, assistant CEO, marketing manager, assistant marketing manager, finance manager, assistant finance manager, human resource manager, production manager, project managers, a secretary and workers. -Shareholders of the company include each member of the class and 15 members of staff. Our company has many different ideas:

  • We have a baking company who sells Christmas pudding shaped chocolate biscuit cake and cookies each week. We have a company selling headphone splitters as well as a company who is selling customisable transition year hoodies. There is also a group selling tote bags with creative and seasonal designs. Our mini company is going to continue to work until Christmas.

 

STUDENT ENTERPRISE COMPETITION

This year’s competition is in full swing and the South County chief Organiser, Mr Joseph Keating,  paid a visit to the school to talk to 1st years about the whole competition.  He gave a very interesting presentation to 45 pupils about how to generate ideas for the competition. The key dates for all pupils are that next week they 24 November, they must have presented a prototype to Mr Delany for approval.

2016-09-23 12.30.56Joseph Keating talking to our 1st years.
2016-09-23 12.30.35Brainstorming for new ideas

SEPTEMBER NEWS 2016

1st Years and Student Enterprise Competition

And so the school starts another new year with loads of pupils undertaking new subjects and hobbies.  This years 1st year classes seem as lively as ever and already there has been plenty of activity on the Student Enterprise Competition.  Last Friday 22nd of September, Joseph Keating from The local Enterprise board came in to talk the 1st year classes about the competition and on Tuesday of this week another class went in Georges Street Arcade to view proper market stalls in operation and see some real small scale businesses in operation.  Below are some of Stalls and their products.

2016-09-27 15.00.04Some product ideas on show
2016-09-27 15.04.36More simple products on display
 
2016-09-27 14.58.50The all the badges in the world company
2016-09-27 15.01.20The fudge Company

5th Years to the Annual Ploughing Championships.

All Business and Economics pupils in 5th Year went off to Tullamore to the annual event.  Over 120 pupils from Wesley  attended on Tuesday 20 September along with 100,000 people.  It is a vast show and almost impossible to see all the different business stalls and agricultural stands in 1 day.  It requires a lot of stamina and walking.  Below are some of the small business ideas.

Former Pupil Stephen Bell , Owner of Bellane Coffee, at his  Ploughing stand

Former Pupil Stephen Bell , Owner of Bellane Coffee, at his Ploughing stand

Cupcake Business

Cupcake Business

Childrens Play Farmyards.

Childrens Play Farmyards.

Handmade wooden Key holders

Handmade wooden Key holders

Flame free Candles

Flame free Candles

Some of the staff and pupils enjoying the day out

Some of the staff and pupils enjoying the day out

Jigsaw Company. Irish made childrens toys.

Jigsaw Company. Irish made childrens toys.

MARCH NEWS

Student Enterprise Competition The Student Enterprise South County Dublin final was held on Thursday 10th March in the Marine Hotel Dun Laoighaire.  Over 100 pupils from 18 different schools participated and Wesley had 15 pupils enter.  We had 5 different businesses represented in the 3 categories and in the Junior Section, ‘Book Book  Company ‘ run by Sophie Lynam, Laurie McPhilimy, Anna Lew and Dairine McCabe came in 3rd place.  They won a lovely trophy and €100 voucher.  Well done to you indeed.  They were presented with their trophy and prize by the Mayor of Dun Laoighaire/ Rathdown.  Congratulations to our other contestants who produced excellent products and displays on the day.

3rd Place in the Dubin heats of the Student Enterprise Awards

3rd Place in the Dublin Final of the Student Enterprise Awards

Enigma Designs. Two 6th year classes went on a visit to Enigma Designs, run by a former Wesley College pupil Steven Jones.  He has a ‘bespoke furniture design’ factory in Newtown Mount Kennedy.  He kindly took our pupils on a factory tour after giving a short presentation to the pupils on the origins of the business.  He showed the pupils around his showrooms before taking them down to the shop floor where kitchen cabinets, book cases and bedroom furniture is made.  He has a fantastic business and the quality of his product range is really impressive.  We can highly recommend his business to everyone.

Newtown Mount Kennedy
Sample of work done on his premises

Sample of work done on his premises

Steven Jones on sight
Steven Jones in his showrooms in Enigma

Steven Jones in his showrooms in Enigma

FEBRUARY NEWS

TYO work Experience It was a busy month in the Business Dept as the TYO completed their work experience with OMD.  Now in its 15th year, 14 pupils from Wesley college took on an assignment from Water Wipes Ireland and over 5 days came up with a new promotional campaign for the company.  As is usual each group made their presentations to the company in the school auditorium on the Friday afternoon.  Pupils from 3rd and 5th Years made up the audience.

OMD Presentations
The group winners in the Water Wipes OMD Presentation

The group winners in the Water Wipes OMD Presentation

Paticants on the day in the GB Shaw Auditorium
Pupils after their presentations in the GB Shaw Auditorium

Pupils after their presentations in the GB Shaw Auditorium

  Business Innovation Award This prize is given out on an annual basis for the pupil who develop the best business idea into a business plan and presented to judge for analysis.  This year’s winner are Ruthann Ahmed, Cian Buckley and Robert Van Breda for their phone app Smartways.  They also entered the Griffith College Enterprise Award Competition held in February.  Once again our thanks goes to Mr Philip Robinson for all his mentoring over the year. The Junior and Leaving Certs sat their mock exams over 2 weeks and then had a week’s mid term break.

JANUARY NEWS

A new Mini Company has started this term with a new set of ideas and schemes.  We are still awaiting the final results of last term’s Mini Company and their final accounts are awaited with interest. The winners of the Student Enterprise Award Competition received their prizes in assembly last Thursday 28th January.  The non food prize winners will go forward to the Dublin final in March.  This Thursday 4th February, they will be given a day’s training by the  Enterprise Association, on improving their final reports for the big final day. Below are some photos of the winners after having been presented with their prizes by the Principal, Mr Woods and Ms Janice Walsh, the main Awards;

Holly Leech Winner of Junior section Crafty Cache

Holly Leech Winner of Junior section Crafty Cache

Runners up in the Intermediate Section were Firefly, run by Aoife Gaughan, Brooke Feldman, Isabelle Moran And Nancy Zhang

Runners up in the Intermediate Section were Firefly, run by Aoife Gaughan, Brooke Feldman, Isabelle Moran And Nancy Zhang

Best Stand on the day winners were JBR Head, run by Ben Ryder, James Little and Rob Parkes

Best Stand on the day winners were JBR Head, run by Ben Ryder, James Little and Rob Parkes

Intermediate winners were KAFE,Faith Aladetuyi, Aoife Sutton, Emma Byrne and kATE iJOMA

Intermediate winners were KAFE,Faith Aladetuyi, Aoife Sutton, Emma Byrne and kATE iJOMA

DECEMBER NEWS

This was a very busy month in the Business Department as many projects were being concluded. Here is a list of the activities that took place during the month. 1 Mini Company Shareholders Meeting The end of the 1st Module saw the Mini Company hold its shareholders meeting at which the CEO explained what the company had been doing over the past 4 months. They were selling handmade wallets, school calendars smoothies and other small items. We are awaiting the final accounts to be published to see the profit made on trading.

Mini Company making wallets

Mini Company making wallets

Teams producing their array of Christmas products.

Teams producing their array of Christmas products.

    Busines Innovation Award Competition Philip Robinson once again mentored the 5th Year entries to this competition and met each group for 30 minutes before deciding on the top 3 entries. The scores for each group were added to their Christmas Business exam results. He was greatly impressed by the standard of each business project. Student Enterprise Day The annual Enterprise day took place on Thursday 18th Dec. There were over 50 separate stands on show and the competition was most ably adjudicated on by Janice Walsh. Moritz FRRRRR, and former pupils, Ben Chadwick and Jack Perdue. There were many excellent business ideas and all pupils should be very proud of their efforts. There were prizes awarded in 3 categories and these will all be published shortly. TYO Work Experience 15 pupils have been selected to take part in the OMD work experience in February 2016. Unfortunately more than this had applied but we could not accommodate all of them. We await with interest how they all perform when they come to the auditorium and make their presentations.

NOVEMBER NEWS

Student Enterprise update. All pupils involved should have given in their entry form to their teacher by now as well as their Report booklet.   The Report booklet is due in by Friday 27th November to Mr Delany’s Classroom C25. Late applications are still being accepted until Nov 20.  Many groups have not completed their entry forms in full and they have been sent back to their teachers to get be filled in fully. This must be done this week.  You must now show a sample of your products to Mr Delany over the coming weeks and begin work on your report.  Remember to take photos of all your production stages to include in your report. 2  Winners of the 4th Year stock market game were Dain Laird and Sun Yun Kim, with a total fund value of €51500. They were closely followed by Dylan Capaldi and Callum Cooke, with a fund valued at €50500.  Prizes will be distributed shortly and well done to you all. 3  3rd Years Attend CIMI quiz night 3rd year quiz team 3 teams of 4 attended the Tallaght IT Junior Cert quiz night. It was organised by CIMI and 25 teams in total turned up. The quiz was a mixture of business questions and general knowledge.  We came 8th, 11th and 15th.  A good time was had by all and the pupils promised me it was there general knowledge that let them down.   4  Business Innovation Award Update. 

Mr Robinson  met with all the 5th year Business pupils for 20 mins on Monday 9th November to mentor them on the business ideas. He was really impressed by the range of ideas and the way in which they engaged with him in their interview. He has given up a lot of   his time to speak to the groups and we would like to thank him very much for his great work in encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs.  Some of the ideas are as follows.

1  A sales generation service which finds sales leads for start-up businesses in the greater Dublin area who are struggling to find sales. Also works finding leads for hotels with low occupancy rates. No win, no fee system, where the sales leads gathered are guaranteed to be of use to the client, or no pay is necessary.

Ross Collie

2  Our business idea is a website that people can use to post about their skin problems and get help by posting photos and asking questions from dermatologists for cheaper than going to the dermatologist.

3  product name: Smartway Business name: Smartway Students: Ruthann, Robert and Cian This is a phone app that is personalised by the students to their needs and wants, with full user control. The app is sold to school who then give access to their students.

4  Find my war hero

An app based database which links you to a forum of particular divisions, battalions, regiments and platoons. You search these by looking up the name of the soldier you are searching in the search bar and you are linked to a forum to where that soldier is known to be deployed and his unit. It is a pay to upload app and once online, you can upload information you know about the unit’s action,  photos you may have or stories you know about their action.

Kyle Douglas Shane Bryan

Our idea is a calorie counting app.

Our target market would be people who are trying to diet whether or not that’s to lose weight, maintain weight or gain weight but for now we will focus on women lolling to lose weight and watch their diet so that we can improve on the app in the future.You would set a goal of how much weight you want to lose or gain and enter your height, age and current weight so that it knows your body type, it could then set a goal of how many calories you should try to eat a day. There will also be a section were you enter the amount of exercise and what types of exercise you have done. This will tell you how many calories you have burned off.We could then add a homepage for users to share their results with others and share recipes.

How it would work.

The user would enter the food they are eating or scan it on their phone camera and the nutritional information would show up on the screen ie. Energy, fat, carbohydrates, protein, calories and the ingredients etc… As it would be impossible to put every single food and drinks information into the app we would leave it to the users to add it in so it will be there on the database for others to use. 

Alex Chooi, Daniel Ellison, William Hayden.

6  Our idea is based around the convenience of the food market.

We deliver portioned, fresh ingredients for easy home cooking. Out target market is family. Post interview with Mr.Robinson we were given tips and ideas on how to logistically run the back office of our project (issues concerning delivering times and pre portioning)

Signed Josh Croly, Marko Nazarov & Christopher Tebbs

7  Our idea is a sports management app called ClubHub.

Our app is similar to the sports management system Teamer, which has utilities for coaches such as Match locations and Team Selections. But, our app idea has more helpful and unique specs such as Specific Layouts for the groups needs e.g. Football and hockey formations An instant messenger “group chat” for coaches and players to talk. Playbook to allow players to look over set moves e.g. Short corners, lineouts, backs moves. Player profiles with info on season stats e.g minutes played, goals scored, tackles made. Albums for recent game photos. Coach reviews at end of games with individual player ratings. Side pop-up menu to make this all easily accessible. We’d price this at €25 per team for a yearly subscription and we aim this app mainly at school teams (10-50 players)

Alex Barlow  Andrew Egan  Tj Malone  David Motyer

8 Our name is: Study Buddy

Our idea is an app that eradicates the distraction and temptation to go on your phone during study. The app is installed and set up, you enter 3 emergency contacts to use if necessary and after that you put the length of study time you want to do. It can be no more than 2 hours. The app makes your phone unable to do anything, cannot receive or make calls or texts and will only turn back on after the time you put in that you want to study is over.
5 The TYO Enterprise Day takes place Monday in the Myles Hall from periods 5- 8.  Over 40 business ideas will be on view and 4 judges will adjudicate on the most promising ideas which can then be entered in the Student Enterprise Award Day in December, where businesses can sell their products.