CPB Transition Year students pictured with their PDST Mini Company Awards
The Professional Development Service for Teachers’ ‘Get Up and Go Competition’ for Transition Year Mini Companies saw contestants, representing over forty schools from throughout Munster, travel to The Vienna Woods Hotel to participate. Each of the three companies from Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí were successful in the competition.
Fresh from their success in the West Cork Enterprise Board Regional Finals; ‘Drift Away’, a company specialising in crafting bespoke items of home decor from Bantry Bay driftwood, won first prize in the Marketing category and were selected to advance to the National Finals. Drift Away is comprised of Megan Endersen, Sarah Cronin, Arthur Coakley and Michael Healy. First prize in the Finance category was awarded to Philip Dowling, Shane Lyne, Thomas Nolan, Thomas O’Grady and Niall Shiels for West Cork Student Card, a company that has created a consumer loyalty card that is used by customers in a wide variety of shops and businesses in the locality. Dillon O’Flynn’s Gaeilge Gach Lá, an Irish language phrase book, won second place in the Quality category.
Speaking of the companies’ successes, Transition Year Mini-Company Teacher, Ms Nora Murphy said: “The students involved in these companies have been working for many months to produce, market and sell their products. Each company has, in its’ own way, shown hugely impressive levels of innovation, creativity and endeavour. We are delighted that the companies have received this recognition and are hoping for continued success in future competitions.”