St. Brigid’s Presentation School Killarney was the place to be for all your Christmas shopping needs in the run up to the holidays. The school held their annual Enterprise Christmas Market where 148 students aged between 13 and 18 formed their own mini companies and set up their stalls from 9am to showcase their products to parents, fellow students and their teachers. The students are encouraged to get creative and design their own products ranging from Christmas baked goods, decorations, fashionwear and even locker shelves. The ever-increasing high standard of products for sale is only just one part of what the Christmas Market promotes. The students gain a very valuable learning experience in what it’s like to run your own business and market your goods to budding customers.
The event was sponsored by the local AIB branch in Killarney, who provided prizes and two insightful judges on the day. St. Brigid’s also collaborate with the local enterprise office in Tralee to provide the students with first hand guidance through every step of the process in creating your own business. In the spirit of Christmas, the students are advised to donate a portion of their profits to the event’s chosen charity Pieta House to raise funds for the non-profit organisation. The Christmas spirit was there in abundance as over €600 was raised.
The show is not over yet as a few Transition year students are on the cusp of qualifying for the Local Enterprise County Finals in Tralee in the new year. The remaining students will lie in wait until next year’s enterprise market, where they will be keen to re-establish their entrepreneurial career once again.