Last Wednesday our TY Group went on a trip to Richmond Barracks. We started our day off by getting the bus to The National War Memorial Park where we all walked around and enjoyed the lovely scenery. Once we were done we walked up to Richmond Barracks and stopped at Spar for our lunch.
Once we were there we were separated into groups of 12 and we were introduced to our tour guide. He explained the statue outside and we headed into the barracks where he showed us images and sculptures and explained in depth the meaning of them. He also showed us the size of a soldier’s room and what it would be like to live there for most of your life. Once we were finished the tour we were brought into a room where we were shown two videos. One was on women in Irish history and we were all very interested. After that, we went into multiple rooms that were made to look like houses and classrooms during the time of the war. The rooms were very interesting, we got to see how they differ from today. Once everyone was finished their tour we headed home and all went to Liffey Valley.
On the 19th of December, Conor Nolan a fifth-year student in Collinstown Park saved a young girl’s life in The Mill Shopping Centre, Clondalkin.
News filtered through the school slowly as Conor very modestly did not share the information with his fellow students. I sat down with Conor on Friday to ask him about the event and what followed was a fascinating and jaw-dropping story of true heroism.
“I was on my way to work when I saw a crowd gathered around outside Costa Coffee”, Conor works in Clondalkin Leisure Centre as a lifeguard.
As he walked over to see what was happening, it became apparent that a little girl was lying on the ground in critical condition. Conor checked to see if she was ok, and found that she wasn’t breathing. “I am a qualified Cardiac First Responder, I showed the people helping the girl my card, then called the ambulance and began doing CPR on the girl”. Conor was not asked by anyone to do this but rather stood up when others were panicking. “I did this until the fire brigade arrived and the chief took over. I assisted him until the ambulance arrived.”
The girl spent five days on life support, after multiple heart operations survived, and left the hospital after two months. In the picture, you can see how she came to visit Conor at work, hugged him and thanked him for helping her.
Conor has been invited to Dublin Castle for an award to recognise his bravery and calmness during the ordeal. Collinstown is proud of him for his heroic deeds.
Last Wednesday our TY Group visited the Explorium – National Sport & Science Centre in Sandyford, Dublin. In my opinion it was the best trip yet, and I’m sure some would agree. We started our day off with a long trip up to the picturesque Sandyford. We had to wait at tables before we were ready to start out trip. The worker came and took our bags and coats and we were ready to start. The first room we went to was called the lightening room.
After the lightening room we were free to go to all the activities they had including an anti-gravity room which was crazy fun. Others included a wheelchair maze and a race track along with all sorts of science-y stuff which we all enjoyed. Once we were finished that we went rock climbing which was quite tough but it was really fun. Everyone loved it except Alex who was too scared to jump off. After that we left and we ate our lunches on the bus home.
Well done to our first year student Sam Mulvaney on his recent success as part of the Round Towers under 12 hurling team that won the hurling championship. He starred in midfield in the final against Kilmacud Crokes.
He was also named player of the year for the same team, which is a fantastic achievement.
Below Sam is pictured with his Year Head Ms Matthews.
The U19 Basketball Team will attend the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on Thursday the 30th of January in search of a place in the All Ireland Final.
After coming through their regional playoffs following the Dublin victory in December the team could potentially play the quarter-final and semi-final back to back if things go their way.
The team will not be looking past their quarter final opponents Schoil Mhuire Mullingar and after only one defeat throughout the year so far the team should be optimistic of continuing their magnificent run.
Best of luck to Mr Higgins, Ms Kirwan, Ms Clarke, Sean Kennedy and the team on Thursday. You have made the school proud so far this year regardless of the outcome.
Pictured below are some photos of the recent playoffs held in Collinstown which qualified them for the quarter final.
On Friday last, Ms Jones’ TY Enterprise class held a Trade Fair during the morning classes. Students from every year group got the opportunity to attend the event and there were some great products on sale.
One group were selling custom made hair brushes and hair combs, once you selected your item they then printed your name on the brush free of charge. An excellent idea.
Another great product was the picture frame stall ‘You’ve been framed’ that sold picture frames with motivational quotes displayed.
Among other great items were the key ring stall, the sweets stall and the relaxing mist spray stall.
Congratulations to Ms Jones and all the TYs involved for running a great event.
As is the case every year the girls’ teams do not usually get their fixtures started until after Christmas. It has been a long couple of months of organising matches and training for Mr Cassidy and Mr McKiernan. They will play three games over the course of seven days.
The first game was last Thursday at home against Kishoge Community College. There were nineteen players to choose from which is a great turnout for any team. By the end of the game every player had got to play and despite a disappointing result the players were delighted to be back playing.
Amy Byrne, Lucy Church and Haleigh Thompson were the leaders for the team and helped the first and second years throughout the match with encouragement and support. Mr Cassidy said after the game that he was “delighted that everybody got to play and I am looking forward to the next few matches”.
Girls’ teams can often be hard to put together as interest begins to wane in second level. It is hoped that the girls’ football team continues to grow from strength to strength and encourages other teams to form and participate. Well done to all who represented the school yesterday.
Congratulations to Inktober winners Chloe Kerr, Melissa Cooney, Eoin Keating and Kirsty Ryan.
Inktober is a daily drawing practice that people take part in all around the world. Each day for the month of October the students that took part received a prompt word, inspired by this prompt word participants then produced an ink drawing.
The high standard of work really stood out to all visitors to the library.
Well done to Ms Ford for organising this great initiative in our school.
The Friends Against Bullying (FAB) club organised a kindness week for our school at the end of November. The FAB club came up with the ideas of Kindness Secret Santa and pyjama day. Secret Santa was where we all picked a random name from our tutor class registration and we had to be nice to them for the whole week. However, students were reminded that there was no limit to the number of people they could be kind to!
FAB began when Ms Fox, one of the school counsellors, set it up with the school librarian, Ms Ford. Since its inception, FAB has been a nice, warm, safe environment for people to go to if they need support, if they are being bullied or if they would like to help to eliminate bullying in CPCC. FAB members are in charge of watching over students who might be having a tough time. Kindness Week was a nice way to remind ALL members of the school community to be nice to everyone. We are very proud to have students from First to Sixth Year in the school and we recently welcomed a new member: our school Chaplain, Ms Kinsella.
As a proud FAB member, I can tell you what we did in preparation for Kindness Week. We first discussed what we could do at the beginning of the week and one member came up with the Kindness Secret Santa. This is basically Secret Santa but with kindness instead of presents. Then everyone agreed we should have a pyjama day on Friday. We all made posters as well and stuck a main poster up in the hall to remind people. I got the job to go around and tell people what was happening that week. FAB asked students and staff in the school to give us a sentence about why they like CPCC. We made colourful posters displaying their answers and we have hung these around the school, hoping to brighten someone’s day and remind them to think positively. It is important to host Kindness Week because it allows people to reflect on their actions and reminds us all to treat others as we would like to be treated.