Here’s a follow-up to the previous post about Trinity’s success in the ‘Build a business in a day’ competition…
The term ‘Budding Entrepreneurs’ was certainly appropriate when our team of eight pupils from the Business Education Department at Trinity Academy won a competition hosted by Edinburgh Napier University on Tuesday, 1st September 2015.
Our team consisted of five girls and three boys. I was privileged to witness a team who were there to demonstrate their entrepreneurial talents.
The day started off with an inspiring talk from the young entrepreneur, James Brown giving his experiences of a startup business. This young man started a craft beer company just after he returned during a holiday with his Dad whilst touring on a Harley Davidson! James was fascinated by the spirits of the people he met on their journey, brewing quality bottled beers by the side of the road. He had the young audience enthralled with his passion – not only for the product, but through working with like-minded people and having fun.
After a quick break and with James’s story still in mind, our Trinity team set about on their own entrepreneurial journey and what a journey that turned out to be. Their product was a portable ice pack/heat pack that could be used to surround drinks/food. However, even more innovative was the flexible nature of the product. This flexibility enabled the product also to be used for sports injuries. The team expected the materials to consist of ‘gel’ for temperature control as well as an ‘insulator’ type material in order to prevent heat mixing. The product would be of an elastic substance in order for it to – flip inside-out – be worn on the upper arm/leg as well as covering all types of portable food/drink.
Stages/sessions were located in both the Board Room and Headquarters duly provided by the University in order to make the experience as authentic as possible. Strict timelines were issued to the young Entrepreneurs. It was inevitable that several pressure points came with the tasks/timelines, during the day, but our young Trinity team handled, each situation, admirably and the prototype came to fruition just in time, in order to be demonstrated to the judges at the Trade Fair.
After a busy and exhausting day – I thought I would share the Judges comments with you:-
“Fantastic team work, everyone answered questions and were really excited about the product. Great working prototype and excellent knowledge of how to take the product to market. Made use of everyone’s skills and their business knowledge was impressive. With a pitch like that – I would buy one!”
Trinity Academy took a team of eight S2 pupils up to Napier University today to take part in their annual ‘Build a Business in a Day’ competition. Twelve schools were competing against each other to create their very own business idea. Our budding entrepreneurs had the chance to start the foundations of their very own business and pitch their creation to a panel of expert judges.
In what was a packed day, our pupils participated in workshops, created their business idea and exhibition stands and presented their ideas to the expert judges. We’re pleased to say that Team Trinity won the competition and will receive their prizes at an evening celebration which they are attending along with their parents tonight.
Congratulations to the following Trinity former pupils for their achievements:
- Emma Henderson, First in Fashion Management from Robert Gordon’s.
- Amber Reilly – 2:1 in nursing from Edinburgh
- Lauren Baillie – First in law from Glasgow
- Laura Ryan – 2:1 in Geography and Politics from Dundee
- Gregor Johnstone – First in Graphic Design from Napier
- Trystan Leng – First in maths and philosophy from Glasgow
Congratulations to Peter Cameron who worked extremely hard to gain entry into Cambridge and has been awarded a first-class degree in Mathematics. ,His success is a great achievement, all credit goes to Peter who taught himself Advanced Higher Statistics and Advanced Higher Mechanics in Trinity, while passing the rigorous and gruelling Step programme for to gain entry into Cambridge university.
Congratulations to former pupil Kirsty Macmillan who has been awarded a First in Psychology from Heriot Watt University. We love hearing our pupils’ success stories so keep them coming!
Congratulations to Jack Liddall and Ruairidh Gilchrist, who won the East of Scotland Public Speaking Competition 2015 organised by the Procurator Fiscal service.
Congratulations to Lewis Smith who has been selected for the British Youth Sailing Team.
The reserve crews for the 2015 boat race between Oxford and Cambridge was announced recently and Megan Wallace, a former pupil of Trinity Academt is coxing for the Oxford team. This race, between two eight-oared boats, has taken place on the Thames during the Easter vacation since 1829.
Congratulations to Megan her family and all the best for Saturday!
Please see below the latest Trinity Academy Newsletter. It includes updates on the planned revisit by HMIE, recent building work plus art, theatre and work experience news. You can also read about a pupil from Trinity Academy recording music on the new album from the band Idlewild.
May we take this opportunity to wish you all a fantastic Easter break.
Are you a gardener without a garden? Are you on the waiting list for an allotment? Would you like to support your local school?
If you have answered “yes” to these questions, then the Trinity Academy Community Garden could be for you.
The Council is setting up a community garden in Victoria Park over the next two months (using one of the old bowling greens). The school has the chance to take responsibility for part of that garden and are in the process of setting up a “green-fingered” team. A number of pupils and staff have already expressed an interest in the project.
We also need the support of parents and carers if we are to make a success of this venture and, particularly support the garden over the summer breaks. If you are willing to help in any way, please contact Mr Morris at the school by telephone (0131 478 5050) or email.