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Double success for Collinstown basketball teams

U-16 Basketball Report CPCC v Lucan Community College

On Thursday Collinstown Park Community College U-16 basketball team played Lucan Community College in what was the first clash of a double header for the school against the same opponents.

The squad were going for their third win of the league campaign.

The lads posted an early lead through points from Anthony Emmett and Dylan Downey. The visitors then got two lucky breaks in quick succession to take the lead. At the end of the first quarter Lucan led 12-8.

The start of the second quarter saw LCC build on their lead. Persistent fouling by Lucan made it hard for CPCC to play the ball. The guests had an 8 point lead going into the 3rd quarter, 19-27.

The start of the 3rd quarter finally saw the home side get out of first gear with four buckets from Emmett, this gave the hosts a spark that they needed to kick on from. CPCC soon took the lead after some relentless pressure to tie the close affair. The lads showed real character to come back and lead 37-35 going into the last quarter.

It was certain that the fourth and final quarter was going to be intense with both sides trying to grind out a win.

Again a fine individual surge from Emmett saw the hosts CPCC get the win and a convincing one at that.

Final score: CPCC 51-45 LCC

MVP: Anthony Emmett

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U-19 Report – CPCC v Lucan Community College

The second game  saw Collinstown Park’s U-19 team also face Lucan Community College. The lads were going for their third consecutive win in as many weeks and a place in the quarter final beckoned. They started off brightly with Harvey Killeen impressing early doors with him taking all of the team’s baskets leaving the sides  level 10-10 at the end of the first.

The hosts continued in the second quarter how they ended the first. Buoyed by a strong spirited team performance, in particular by Cornelia Tembie, CPPC held a narrow lead going into the third quarter 22-20.

The third quarter saw CPCC maintain their performance and lead. Although LCC had other plans in mind as they began to put the pressure on as the game opened up and became free scoring for both teams. The hosts managed to hold out and went into the final quarter 36-31.

The last quarter started with CPCC’s Harvey Killeen impressing with yet another fine individual performance. Kileen added a mountain of points to his already high tally.

Overall however, it was not  any individual performance which won Collinstown the game. The team work rate, intensity and effort by the U19s was a joy to behold. The team should be proud  they represented the school with such esteem. In the end they came out on top with a 49-39 win and into the quarter final they go.

Final score: CPCC 49-39 LCC

MVP: Harvey Killeen

 

Report By: Josh McDonagh and Jamie Whelan

 

Collinstown Park Bulletin Vol. 2

Luas Trip

On Thursday 12th of October Ms McNamee took her LCVP class to the red line depot in the Red Cow. LCVP is a Leaving Cert programme where students willingly visit organisations to learn about the working world. Two Transition Year students were allowed to go with them, Chloe Kerr and Nicole Grey, as we are a part of the TY Press class. The depot at the Luas includes a maintenance and repair workshop. The Luas tram wheels are sanded each night to prevent slippage. All 36 Trams in the red line are serviced each night.  In 2016, the company Transdev won the right to run the Luas. On average the Luas caters to 9,000 passengers per day.

Our tour guide was a driver named Wayne, he has been working with Luas the past 11 years and now has the role of a mentor driver. Wayne’s role within the Luas is to train new drivers and prepare them for the tracks. Training usually takes up to 3-4 weeks. A full, clean licence is required to become a driver. The average pay per driver is 32,000 Euros per year. All drivers have to do a full medical when they first begin working at Luas.  There is a lot of work that goes into driving, there are five brakes on board the tram and everything that happens on board is recorded through the control room. On board, in the driver’s cab, there is a vigilance device. If a driver was to have a heart attack or a stroke they would have time to press the button and let someone know. The tram would be shut down and the driver would await assistance.

The trams run in kilometers. Although the trams reach speeds of up to 80km, their speed limit is 70km. This is due to safety reasons, such as someone crossing over the tracks or a car stopping on the tracks. If there is an incident on board the driver is not allowed to leave the front cab for their own safety. If there has been a bad accident on the tracks or on board, Transdev offers a counselling service to help traumatised drivers get over the incident. There is a body catcher on the tram in case someone gets stuck underneath, this ensures that the victim isn’t further hurt or maimed.

In December 2017, a new line will open which connects the red and green lines. This line has been called the BXD and there are 29-30 new trams operating there. There are over 83,000 employees currently working for Transdev worldwide.

Nicole Grey and Chloe Kerr – 4A3

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First Year Boys FAI Futsal Tournament

Our first year boys football team coached by Mr Dowling had their first taste of school football on Thursday the 19th of October. It was a different environment in which they took part as it was a futsal tournament hosted by the FAI for schools around South Dublin. The event took which took place in Lucan Leisure centre .

The first game was vs Lucan CC and Jamie Collins put CPPC 1-0 ahead with an early goal. Bravery from the Collinstown shot stopper Jason Pierson kept Collinstown in the lead and they held on for the win and put three points on the board.

Their second game against Kishoge Community College proved a tough test. The lads soon began to fatigue and that combined with a number of lucky breaks for KCC led to them coming out on top 3-2 winners. This result would prove costly for Collinstown.

The last game came down to a sense of fighting for pride and your school crest and in fairness to the team, they did. Ultimately they came up just short against Coláiste Cois Life and couldn’t manage a result, losing 3-2 in the end.

“The lads did very well today, we were very unlucky in the second game and this cost us.” Mr Dowling said when asked how the tournament went. “I am delighted because everybody played, enjoyed themselves and represented the school with pride.”

Josh McDonagh and Evan Whelan– 4A3

 

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U-16 Boys Basketball Collinstown Park Community College v Celbridge CC.

The school basketball U-16 team continued to impress with their recent form. The first quarter was something of a MVP performance from Anthony Emmett with him bucketing six points. The hosts started the second quarter as leaders.

CPCC dominated the second quarter and had the majority of the ball. They punished the visitors with some clinical buckets from Conor Nolan and Kyria Tembe which brought the scoreline to 20-12 in favour of CPCC. The third quarter produced an excellent and exciting individual performance from Dylan Downey who brought his points tally to eight. CPCC led 36-21 going into the last quarter and finished victorious with a convincing 40-23 win for the home team.

MVP/Man of the Match: Dylan Downey

 

U16 Basketball Match

CPCC vs King’s Hospital – Thursday 19th October

The first two points of the game went to King’s Hospital but instantly CPCC hit back with a free throw through Conor Nolan. Soon after he tied it up with an outstanding score.

King’s Hospital then made a free throw making it 3-2. Captain Dylan Downey scored a point for CPCC to tie it up again, he really had an outstanding performance early on.

A tight game saw Downey break the deadlock with a free throw. Conor Nolan also scored a free throw to make it 6-4 to CPCC.

Dylan Downey earned another free throw soon after for Conor Nolan to put away, Conor also had a great game early on. King’s Hospital’s No.15 then struck with a three pointer to make it 9-7 as the first quarter ended.

With a very good start from King’s Hospital’s No.15 bringing them back into the game, Collinstown were left trailing 14-9. CPCC then began to struggle to keep up and trailed 24-11 as the second quarter ended. CPCC would need to pick up the intensity in the third quarter to stand a chance against this strong Kings Hospital side.

The third quarter started and CPCC were soon down 26-13. Dylan Downey was left isolated and began to try to do it alone as no one was showing for him. After an uneventful few minutes Dylan Downey and Conor Nolan linked up well and ended up getting a basket. Anthony Emmett had  a great defensive game breaking up play for CPCC which is lead them to points. The third quarter ended with CPCC trailing 34-18.

The fourth quarter started with CPCC putting King’s Hospital on the back foot straight away. An early rally and limiting the opposition to just two points in the first three minutes left CPCC trailing 36-26 with five minutes to go. Unfortunately it wasn’t CPCC’s day as they were beaten by a good King’s Hospital side by 44-33 points.

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Dylan Downey (c), Anthony Emmett, Kyria Tembe, Eoighan Mountaine Barry, Bobby Okafor, Rokas Galinauskas, Luke Geraghty, Conor Nolan, Emmanuel Bankole and Eric McMahon.

By Dean Kelly 4A5 and Jamie Whelan 4A4

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School football is back! CPCC vs Old Bawn CS

Our U-19s School boys’ football team kicked of their campaign on Thursday the 5th of October with a cup game and Mr Lanigan’s first match in charge. The opponents were Old Bawn CS from Tallaght. The game kicked off at 10:30am in our home pitch inside our school grounds.

The formation set out for the home side was a 3-4-3, Antonio Conte-esque. CPCC had the upper hand in the first moments of the game. Old Bawn, against the run of play, forced CPCC shot stopper David Ward into a save early. CPCC should have taken the lead and capitalised on an Old Bawn defensive error but Matthew Reynolds failed to do so as he had his effort cleared off the line.

There was nothing to split the sides after 15 minutes. Shelbourne’s Kian Delaney began to cause our opponents hassle down the right hand side and earned a free kick, which Cian McGovern took and it agonisingly rolled passed the post.

The traveling side took a lead through our defence’s moment of hesitation when the CPCC back line stopped and anticipated an offside decision. Unfortunately for them, Old Bawn’s No 8 slotted home and split the teams. But CPCC didn’t learn from the previous goal and just before half time the No 8 scored his second of the match. This forced the gaffer into changes and a change of formation.

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The second period started and finally the hosts CPCC got out of first gear. Early on Reynolds broke and was too generous in the final third and the chance went abegging. The Collinstown front three are blessed with pace but never used it correctly and the away side abruptly broke and won a corner which was sloppily dealt with and the third goal slowly trickled in. The No 8 from Old Bawn was a force to be reckoned with and ultimately bagged his hat-trick before full time.

It was a bad day at the office for the home team. After the game there were some positive comments from manager Mr Lanigan, who said: “The boys were unlucky today, we had a couple of good chances at 0-0. If one had gone in, it would have been a whole different game”. He also mentioned how they were missing many key players to injury.

Josh McDonagh – 4A3

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Basketball team wins but defeat for U-19s football

U-16 Boys Basketball Collinstown Park Community College v Celbridge CC.

The school basketball U-16s team continued to impress with their recent form. The first quarter was something of a MVP performance from Anthony Emmett with him bucketing six points. The hosts started the second quarter as leaders. CPCC dominated the second quarter and had the majority of the ball. They punished the visitors with some clinical buckets from Conor Nolan and Kyria Tembe which brought the score line to 20-12 in favour of CPCC. The third quarter produced an excellent and exciting individual performance from Dylan Downey who brought his points tally to eight. CPCC led 36-21 going into the last quarter and finished victorious with a convincing 40-23  win for the home team.

 

MVP/Man of the Match: Dylan Downey

 

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School football is back!

 Our U-19s School boys’ football team kicked of their campaign on Thursday the 5th with a cup game and Mr Lanigan’s first match in charge. The opponents were Old Bawn CS from Tallaght. The game kicked off at 10:30am in our home pitch inside our school grounds.

The formation set out for the home side was a 3-4-3,  Antonio Conte-esque. CPCC had the upper hand in the first moments of the game. Old Bawn, against the run of play, forced CPCC shot stopper David Ward into a save early. CPCC should have taken the lead and capitalised on an Old Bawn defensive error but Matthew Reynolds failed to do so as he had his effort cleared off the line.

There was nothing to split the sides after 15 minutes. Shelbourne’s Kian Delaney began to cause our opponents hassle down the right hand side and earned a free kick, which Cian McGovern took and it agonisingly rolled passed the post.

The traveling side took a lead through our defence’s moment of hesitation when the CPCC back line stopped and anticipated an offside decision. Unfortunately for them, Old Bawn’s No 8 slotted home and split the teams. But CPCC didn’t learn from the previous goal and just before half time the No 8 scored his second of the match. This forced the gaffer into changes and a change of formation.

Half time score 0-2

The second period started and finally the hosts CPCC got out of first gear. Early on Reynolds broke and was too generous in the final third and the chance went abegging. The Collinstown front three are blessed with pace but never used it correctly and the away side abruptly broke and won a corner which was sloppily dealt with and the third goal slowly trickled in. The No 8 from Old Bawn was a force to be reckoned with and ultimately bagged his hat-trick before full time.

It was a bad day at the office for the home team. After the game there were some positive comments from  manager Mr Lanigan, who said: “The boys were unlucky today, we had a couple of good chances at 0-0. If one had’ve gone in, it would have been a whole different game”. He also mentioned how they were missing many key players to injury.

 

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T.Y Reporter: Josh McDonagh

 

Student Council Election

3N are organising the Student Council election this year.  The election will be held on the 12th of October.  On the 5th of October, during extended reg, every class will nominate two students to stand for election. The election is open to 2nd – 5th Year groups. Three students from each year group will be elected.

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TY Press Round Up

Welcome to Collinstown Park Community College’s first Transition Year press round up. Every two weeks students from the TY Press class will report on goings on in and around CPCC. We would like to thank all the students and teachers who allowed us to report on the following events.

Junior Cert results Day

On the 14th of September all Transition Year students were given their Junior Cert results. Everyone was called up to the assembly hall and given their results one by one. Each student was brought outside once they collected their results. A crowd of students were outside the school opening up their results and showing off how well they did to their friends and to their teachers.

Some people left once they opened their results but some stayed and got their pictures taken for the school website. Transition Year students didn’t have to come in for the second half of the day as they were allowed off so they could celebrate how well they did.

-Luke Nolan

 

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Ploughing Championships

Last week on the 19th of September 2017 the Collinstown Park Community College Horticulture class went on a day trip to the Ploughing Championship in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly.

The trip was full of little and big stalls selling their products. After speaking to a few  Transition Year students, the majority of them enjoyed walking around looking at all the stalls the most. Also, by the look on Ms Kinsella’s face you could tell she had a great day. She also added: “It was so brilliant, I am going to bring my husband and son next year.”

The day was full of excitement with people from all over Ireland coming to take part in the competition. There were easily over 100,000 people at the event.

-Jamie Whelan, Evan Whelan and Josh McDonagh.

 

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Tenderfoot

On Wednesday the 20th of September 2017, the Transition Year students were called to the school hall. The reason for this was a drama module that only a select few students from each school get to participate in. For the first 40 minutes, Veronica from the organisation (Tenderfoot) gave an introduction speech. She explained all of the key aspects of the programme and why it was such a fun module to do while in TY. Veronica outlined all of the jobs that the students could take part in such as stage management, lighting and sound, costume design, script writing and acting. It was a very interesting talk and I stayed for the second part, along with Chloe Kerr and Rebecca Byrne.

At the end of Veronica’s introductory speech, we were introduced to David who worked as an actor at Tenderfoot. David went on to explain that this was a very prestigious opportunity and how it would be a lot of fun to participate in the module. For the second forty minutes we played a team building game, where David performed an action and we repeated it. Everyone was quite shy and not very enthusiastic at the start, but as time went on everyone started to enjoy it more and more until it was a group of 15-16 year-old students all having a great time performing a bit of drama.

At the end only a handful of students were picked to participate in the module. 48-50 students from many different schools are allowed to take part altogether and you have to fill out an application form. Some of the students who were chosen for Tenderfoot included Grace Doyle (McCormack), Lee McDonagh, Chloe O’ Flaherty and myself.

I’m very excited to take part of the programme and I can’t wait until it starts in early January.

-Nicole Grey

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U2 Music Generation

The U2-backed Music Generation registration took place last week, Thursday the 21st of September.  U2 Music Generation offers very competitive prices and helps young people from ages 4-18  receive music education in areas such as guitar, singing, violin, piano and many more exciting aspects of music. The turnout for the registration was quite good and we hope the participants enjoy this course!

-Josh McDermott

 

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Collinstown Park Community College Launches New Facebook Page

Collinstown Park Community College is happy to launch their new Facebook page. As the song goes, ‘the times they are a changin’ and the new Facebook page represents another outlet to advertise and acknowledge all of the wonderful students, lessons and activities that take place in the school.

The page will keep parents and students informed of day to day activities and events that are taking place within the school. It will also provide memories and information to past students.

So if you want to join Collinstown Park on this new journey, like our page. You can find us by using the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/collinstownparkcc/

Pictured at the launch today (Monday 26th March) of  e-Skills week 2012 at the ‘eFuture – Inspiring the Next Generation’ event were (l-R) Shauna Bond, Kirsty Saul and Gemma Mahon all from Collinstown Park Community Collegel, Clondalkin with Peter Davitt, CEO of FIT, Paul Sweetman, Director of ICT Ireland and Louise Phelan, PayPal Vice President of Global Operations Europe Middle East and Africa. The event, a joint initiative between ICT Ireland, the IBEC group that represents the high tech sector, and Fast Track to IT (FIT) highlighted the importance of e-Skills for students and young adults who are about to embark on their career journey.  (NO FEE FOR REPRO)

 

 

T.Y students take part in Inspiring the Future Ireland Event

Inspiring the Future Ireland, which is a project of the South Dublin County Partnership that connects schools and businesses, held a career event on Tuesday, Sept. 12th with the TY students at CPCC. The event took place in the school hall. Fifty students participated in the event and had an opportunity to meet with representatives from Bank of America / Merrill Lynch, Google and the pharmaceutical company Takeda. This unique event gave the TY students the opportunity to ask the various representatives about their work and to gain insight to the different careers they represented.

 

 

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Do you have what it takes to take the Gaisce Journey?

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There will be an information meeting for all Transition year students on Wednesday the 20th of September who may be interested in joining the Gaisce programme this year.

What is Gaisce?

Gaisce – The President’s Award is an award in Ireland, earned by young people between the ages of 15 and 25 for participating in several activities for a certain period. There are three awards: bronze, silver and gold

How do I achieve the award?

The award is granted to students who take part in four key challenge areas.

  1. Community Involvement
  2. Personal Skill
  3. Physical recreation
  4. Adventure Journey

What does it involve?

To achieve the Gaisce Bronze medal students need to commit to one area of community involvement, a personal skill, some physical recreation and organise an adventure journey.

If you are willing to commit one hour a week to each challenge area for thirteen weeks, then Gaisce is for you.  You can pick up new skills, take on new hobbies or assist your local community by helping charitable causes and most of all have fun along the way.

Who?

The instructors for Gaisce in Collinstown Park are Mr. Dowling and Ms. Minnock. If you are interested or have any questions speak to them.

Why?

Gaisce is a journey you will enjoy every step of the way. You will learn and develop skills that you never thought you had. Most of all, it is a positive experience and one which will be full of fun and adventure.

 

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Fighting Words Launch One Day Away

The launch of the highly anticipated Fighting Words book ‘What’s the Stories?’ will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 17th of May at 7 pm.

The 19 student writers are busy with the organising and promotion of the night. Authors Roddy Doyle and Marian Keyes will be in attendance and light refreshments will be available after the launch. The book will be available on the night for €10 and can also be purchased at Easons.

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Second Year Students Prepare For Oral Communication Task

It’s all systems go for second year students in Collinstown Park Community College this month. Second year students are currently preparing for the first of two classroom based assessments introduced as part of the new Junior Cycle English course. The first one taking place in May this year and the second in November of third year.
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The oral communication task will take place over the course of a week in the middle of May and runs simultaneously in every secondary school in Ireland.
The skills that students will acquire and use throughout the task will be useful in many different aspects of their lives, especially in the skills of research and communication.
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The culmination of three weeks of preparation and research is a presentation in front of their classmates. Important skills such as eye contact, body language and effective communication will be assessed.
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Students are free to pick any subject that they may be interested in, which has led to a wide variety of fascinating topics. Among those selected are important issues such as cyber bullying, passive smoking, gay pride, autism and St. John’s Ambulance to name but a few.
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Good luck to all second years over the coming weeks and remember, practice makes perfect.
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