A group of fifth class students in Clarecastle National school took part in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme this year and as part of the Programme have produced a fitness DVD for kids entitled “Operation Fitness Station”. The DVD was made by the students with the help of their teacher, Hilary Parkinson and includes a range of exercise routines and activities suitable for children of all ages including dance, circuits, hurling, games cardio and yoga. It encourages children to exercise in a fun environment and includes some commentary from well-known sports people of local and national fame. The DVD is available for just €10 from the school office, Deasy’s Centra, Bernie’s Spar and the post office in Clarecastle.
The Junior Entrepreneur Programme was created to allow every primary school pupil in Ireland theopportunity to embrace entrepreneurship as part of their formative education. Children use their creativity to come up with individual business ideas, they come together as a class to choose one idea and then work to turn this idea into reality over a 10-week period. They’ve got to do the hard work – researching what customers really want, working out their costs and how much to charge for it. They figure out what they’re good at and try to use those skills to play their part in a team. All along the way, they’ve got the support of their classmates, teachers and family. Entrepreneurship isn’t on the national curriculum, but almost everything that’s included in the JEP Programme is. The curriculum for JEP has been produced in collaboration with Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. It has been a very valuable experience for the children involved in Clarecastle National School. It has been a fantastic team-building exercise and the end product is being enjoyed by many children and families, giving ideas on how to get active.
For a preview of the video click here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_N0xJ1a_1KxbFkzVlNTVFI3ekk/edit?pli=1