The students of Loreto Secondary School opened their first school bank earlier this month, with the help of hurling star Eoin Larkin and Ireland’s strongest man James Fennelly.
This is part of the AIB ‘Build a Bank’ challenge, and is run by six fifth year LCVP students: Louise McKenna (manager), Josephine Dunne (assistant manager), Fiona Nolan (sales and marketing director), Nicole Lawlor (auditor), Deirdre Carrigan (teller) and Ruth Corr (teller). The girls were chosen by an application and interview process.
For the past six weeks, the students have been busy planning the bank launch. The theme chosen for the bank is ‘Darts’ – hence the name of the project ‘Hit the Bank’.
Both Eoin Larkin and James Fennelly were a huge attraction for the students and there was a great buzz around the school at lunchtime. They cut the ribbon and officially declared the bank open.
This school bank will allow students to open accounts and save money in their bank, hassle-free. The launch was a huge success, and the girls handed out over 100 application forms to students who all wanted to save their money and ‘hit the bank’.
The project will be entered in two competitions over the coming months. One is a regional competition to see what school qualifies for the national finals, and the other is a competition for the best new school in the challenge.
The students would like to say thank you to the local AIB staff members who have visited the school and provided guidance over the past few weeks and also to their LCVP teacher Muriel Dunne.