Pupils learn about the business of education

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Year 8 pupils at Monkstown Community School took part in Young Enterprise Northern Ireland’s exciting programme for new students last week.

Supported by the Department of Education, the ‘Your School Your Business’ programme shows students the similarities between their school and the world of business through hands-on, interactive games and problem-solving activities.

Your School Your Business, the newest initiative in Young Enterprise Northern Ireland’s suite of core programmes, is designed to help make the transition to post-primary school easier for the new pupils, and to make the experience a positive one.

Central to the seminar are the skills that the students will need to be successful in their new school, such as communication, teamwork and problem-solving. The new pupils also received an opportunity to interact with various support staff from the school, in order to gain an appreciation of the different roles within a business.

Laura Kerr, Senior Development Manager at Young Enterprise Northern Ireland, commented: “Facing a new situation like this, meeting lots of new people and understanding different expectations can leave students isolated and nervous at the prospect. Your School Your Business offers students the opportunity to overcome their fears, make new friends and a great opportunity to gain an understanding of the infrastructure of their school, and of businesses.”

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