Parents Walk

We had our first parents walk of the school year.  All parents, guardians and grandparents are welcome to join us every Thursday at 9.30 in Collinstown Park (beside the playground). Refreshments will be provided afterwards and we are hoping to organise a more ambitious walk before Christmas.  For more information, contact Cliona Mohan HSCL at 0838753604

 

Visual Artist Working With TY Students

South Dublin County Council and North Clondalkin Library in conjunction with visiting Visual Artist Michelle Doyle are working with Ms Strumble’s  TY Art class on a project titled ‘Story of my Life’.

Students are creating ‘Zines’ that will be displayed in the Library at the end of the workshop.

Thanks to Ms Strumble for the information and Ms Kirwan for her assistance.

 

Farewell Mr Forbes

Thursday the 2nd of September marked the final day in a storied career of one of Collinstown Park’s stalwarts – Billy Forbes.

Mr Forbes hailing from Cork has spent thirty five uninterrupted years in the school and has shaped the lives of generations of students in the Neilstown area. Billy is best known as an excellent and caring woodwork teacher but also gave a huge amount of his free time to extra curricular in the school, most notably soccer.

New teachers to the school would always find a friendly face and a supporting word of advice from Billy. The impact he has had on his colleagues over the years is immense. His quick wit and friendship will be sorely missed from the staff room.

Enjoy the next chapter of your life Mr Forbes and congratulations on a well deserved retirement.

Billy in his younger school years
Mr Forbes’ final day

 

Good luck to our students awaiting results

Stay calm; you are nearly there.

Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied results will be issued tomorrow morning at 10:00. Students get them through the online portal that they have been using since March.

If you have forgotten your exam number or email details, please contact Mr Doolin: walterdoolin@collinstownpark.ie

If you need any support or advice following the results, please contact the school and make an appointment to talk to our Guidance Department.

A reflection for those waiting:

‘Today I am thinking about all the students who’ll get their Leaving Cert results on Friday; not the ones who’ll be feted on the covers of the newspapers with their freakish bouquets of 7 A1’s. No, this morning, I salute the dreamers, the ones who ploughed their own furrow against the grain, the dancers and chancers, the schemers, the unsung heroes of the magical space between the classes, the bike shed kissers and smokers, the ones whose crooked branches could never be bent straight, the raconteurs of the school bus stop, the shy ones who’ll be beautiful late bloomers, the bullied ones, the ones who thought their leaking buckets were deficient but it is only along a well watered path that the most beautiful flowers grow, the boys and girls who held tight to their own songs, whistling their own melodies against the wind that blew hard for the last six years, the odd balls who rolled collecting only the moss they wanted, the gay boys who’ve waited for years to walk out of those school gates for the last time and walk tall, the ones who were taunted and not taught, the ones whose songs were frozen and stultified by facts; there is no failure today. The thaw begins today. This is your Spring, your release, your recovery, your time. Take flight. Learn to forget and dazzle your self by being who you truly are. Let nobody measure or assess you. Look up into the cosmos of your beautiful self and follow that star that winks at you showing you the way towards the place that school never revealed to you. Somewhere way beyond what you thought was possible. Some where so close. Deeply lodged in you’.

Billy O’Hanluain, poet