A CHANCE letter sent by a fourth-class pupil has catapulted The Swan NS into the headlines.
Pupils from the school are currently taking part in this year’s Junior Entrepreneur Programme. It’s a special programme that allows children to create mini-businesses in their classrooms.
Every child proposes an idea and during the 12 to 16-week programme, one is selected. Each child invests a small amount of capital in the business and receives their share of the profits. It’s not just a business plan but a real business conceived from scratch with real products and services and real customers, who pay for what is produced.
As part of the project, each child wrote to a famous entrepreneur/business person and looked for advice.
Lauren Rowan from fourth class took on the task of writing to Moya Doherty, the commissioning producer and originator of Riverdance. She is a founding director of Tyrone Productions, Ireland’s leading independent TV production company, as well as a founding director of Today FM radio station. She is also the chairperson of the board of RTÉ.
In her reply to Lauren, Moya said that she would be delighted to come to Laois and share her ideas with the pupils. Moya will be in the school this Friday, 17 February, at noon.