St Caimin’s students Alex Collins, Aoife Downes, Faye Gurnett, Ben O’Gorman and Gearóid McMahon.

St Caimin’s students Alex Collins, Aoife Downes, Faye Gurnett, Ben O’Gorman and Gearóid McMahon.

Enterprise students from St Caimin’s Community School competed in the national finals of the PDST Get up and Go Enterprise competition in Kildare on 2nd May. Two groups from the school, Nana’s Knits and Crack the Code, scooped prestigious prizes at this event.

Thirty mini-companies won through to the national finals. In all 1,200 students attended the regional and finals from over 6,000 mini-company students in TY schools.

Representing St Caimin’s, Nana’s Knits were awarded Best Social Enterprise while Crack the Code won the Finance category and were runners-up in the Innovation section.

According to their teachers, the Enterprise students all worked very hard to get to this final stage, investing hours of hard work and time. They should be extremely proud of their achievements and the contribution of their teachers to help them along their path.

The Crack the Code group designed and engineered a fun and educational maths board game for both primary and secondary school pupils. Nana’s Knits is a community enterprise based in the school to facilitate the sale of quality hand-made knitwear made by experienced knitters in the local community.

Before qualifying for the finals, St Caimin’s had four groups, Marker Mate, Worn Once, Nana’s Knits & Bits and Crack the Code, participating in the regional finals in Galway at the end of March. Crack the Code and Nana’s Knits brought home two first and two second prizes, as well as gaining qualification for the national finals.