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Iveagh pupils write and create ‘quare’ good book

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Iveagh pupils write and create ‘quare’ good book thumbnailPhilip Vance, principal, and John Nugent P7 teacher and business adviser with Molly, sub-managing director, and Ethan, managing director.

YOUNG entrepreneurs from Iveagh Primary School in Rathfriland have penned a book which will be on sale next month.

A group of P7 children from the local primary school were keen to establish and run a small business.

And after a group discussion, the children decided to link the business to their studies on grammar and their love of local language and dialect.

After months of hard work, their book has now been produced, entitled 'Iveagh's Quare Book of Grammar'.

The book features poems, rhymes, rules of grammar, colloquial stories and a mini dictionary of 'Ulster Speak'.

Pupils involved in the business project were each given jobs suitable to their skills.

Business manager, Ethan had to organise everyone in the group.

“I had to tell them what to do to get ready for the book being published and also helped to put it together.

“I have found it all really fun to make the book and I have really enjoyed it," he said.

The children were interviewed by Helen Fitzpatrick of Young Enterprise who led some activities with the young entrepreneurs on design and offered an overview of what running a business entails.

She then gave the children a questionnaire which helped each child to reflect on their own skills and match them to a particular job.

Each business member was also interviewed by Claire Finley of the National Trust, Paul Kavanagh of Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and a few members of staff.

Mr Nugent and principal Philip Vance also acted as business advisers.

Co-manager, Molly said: "I have found it all very fun and very sociable too. It was fun to work with everyone and I really enjoyed doing the art and design and writing the stories too.

“I have found it really fun working as a group, one of the challenges was writing the stories because it might have taken us a couple of times to get it right but it all came together okay.

“We are going to be selling the books for £2 each and we will be opening a stall in the Ulster Bank."

The P7 teams spent some time brainstorming potential names for the company, finally deciding upon Mourne Book Designs.

An internet search of other business logos and straplines encouraged the children to be creative in designing their own.

In the end, the team operating under the marketing managers, decided upon the description - 'Iveagh's Quare Book of Grammar'.

Aaron and Roy from the ICT department said they have both enjoyed their roles.

“It has been good working in this area. I like working with computers and have typed up some of the book myself and really enjoyed it," Aaron said.

Meanwhile, Roy added: "I have enjoyed doing the typing for the book and all of it has been great to do. I have enjoyed the whole experience and computers are something that I would like to work with after I finish school."

Jessica from the ICT department said she also enjoyed her role.

As the costs of setting up the company were assessed to be in the region of £50, it was decided to apply to the local Ulster Bank for a loan.

Money was needed to pay for the production costs and materials.

Ann Fearon of the Ulster Bank, Rathfriland listened to the group's proposals and their assurances that if the business failed the book that had been produced would act as surety.

The bank agreed the loan at a low percentage rate which, when it is repaid, the bank will donate to the same charity the children are giving their profits to - Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.

Jordan from the finance department team said: "I have found my role challenging in some parts, but I have enjoyed it overall.

“I like a challenge and have found it really fun and it has been a great experience to do.

“I enjoy maths so this has been a great role for me."

Meanwhile, Gilana from the finance department said her highlight was seeing the book finally come together.

“I really enjoyed working with my friends and we built on our communication skills," she added.

The books are available to purchase throughout December and will be for sale on the day of Iveagh's carol service on Wednesday, 14 December and in the Ulster Bank on the morning of Thursday, 15 December.

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