On the 5th of November Transition Year students visited the National Gallery of Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland. Students came to school at the normal time, we left on the bus at around half nine excited for the day ahead!
First on the agenda was the National Gallery. Once we arrived at the Gallery’s lobby, a tour guide came and began giving us a tour of the gallery. She brought us to the courtyard where we were shown a sculpture and a massive painting on one of the walls of the courtyard. Next we saw Caravaggio’s most famous painting, ‘The Taking of Christ’, she told us the history of the painting and of Caravaggio himself. We were then shown a few more paintings and a sculpture in the gallery. We learned a lot about the history of some art pieces in the gallery.
The National Museum of Ireland is located only a short walk from the Gallery. Inside there are two floors for visitors to explore. This time we were not accompanied by a tour guide, we were free to explore on our own. We split into two groups, one stayed downstairs while the other went upstairs. We saw different types of sea creatures, birds, insects and large mammals. Everyone was surprised at how large and realistic looking some of the animals are. We even saw a massive basking shark and the evolution of the human skeleton!
After we were finished looking around the museum we had some free time to get food. Most people went to the food court in Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre. We had a lot of time to spend looking around Grafton Street and in the Centre. Students and teachers all met up at around two o clock to get the bus home. Everyone was tired from our fun day out!
If anyone is interested in going to the National Gallery of Art or the National Museum of Ireland, entry is free to both places and they promise an interesting day out.
When I grow up, I want to follow in my father’s footsteps and drive a truck. The Transition Year Work Experience programme in Collinstown Park has given me the opportunity to sample what life would be like in the career I, at this moment, have chosen.
My older brother is already working as a truck driver, he started driving four years ago. My dad is in this career much longer, he followed in his father’s footsteps by driving trucks. It is a career that has been going through the family for about four generations now so I wouldn’t want to be the only one who doesn’t drive trucks.
The other reason I want to follow this tradition is because I want to have a stable income and to have a good life when I’m older. With the stable income I want to have a nice house and a nice car as well. With this type of job you have the option to go abroad and get paid for doing it. When he is doing a foreign job my father collects the truck in Swords and drives to Dublin Port. From there he goes to Calais and then south west if heading for Spain and Portugal. He takes the road for Amsterdam and Holland if heading for northern Europe, by taking those roads you can drive up to Sweden and Norway too. If he is delivering in Norway he will more than likely be out for more than two weeks and if he’s going to Spain he will be gone for about a week.
All of this appeals to me, I like going on journeys. I like visiting new places, eating new foods and tasting new cultures. In 2013, when I was eleven, my father took me on a trip with him to southern Spain. This journey made me want to follow in his footsteps.
This is why I chose truck deliveries for my Work Experience. I do work experience once a week for about nine hours every Wednesday. I work with my brother, this usually involves collecting a truck and delivery from Grange Castle at four o’clock in the morning. We then head in the direction of Galway and deliver goods such as fridge foods to Spar, Mace and Value Centre. It takes us about an hour and a half to two hours to get there, then it takes us about three hours to drive around Galway and deliver all the goods. The place we deliver most to is around Ballinasloe which is a big town on the eastern side of Galway.
I would recommend people choosing a Work Experience that excites them and they are interested in doing in the future. This Transition Year option has really cemented the fact that this is a career that excites me and I will pursue when I finish school.
We, the Transition Year students of Collinstown Community College have a lot going on to keep us busy. This year we’ve gone on a whole range of trips and different programmes. Just last week there was a trip to Donadea Forest and this week a visit to The Laughter Lounge. There are a whole range of different programmes to get involved in such as Gaisce (The President’s Award), Press, Inklinks and Jigsaw. This brings us to Tenderfoot.
So what is Tenderfoot, and is it any different to the other programmes? Well yes and no.
Just like all the other programmes Transition Year students will do this year – Tenderfoot opens up a large channel to communicate and work with other pupils from different schools. It is a big commitment (just like the other programmes) and it is about taking us out of our comfort zone (just as many trips and workshops this year have proven to do so). However, at its core, it’s something entirely different.
Tenderfoot is a theatre programme aimed at Transition Year students located at The Civic Theatre in Tallaght. In my group there were about fifty different students from schools around Tallaght and Clondalkin. Eighteen of us are writers (including me) and the rest are broken up into Actors, Lighting and Sound Crew, Stage Management, Costume Design and Camera Crew.
An introduction to the programme comes by way of Veronica Coburn, the programme director – an award winning writer (World Gold Medal) and a playwright herself (Irish Playwrights Guild). I remember the first interaction we all had with her and it was hilarious. It was quite funny to see all of us, now seniors, jump up and mime actions like we were in First Year again. Even those who had no real interest in taking part in Tenderfoot came away with wide grins and smiles. Then the application forms were handed out and, hesitantly, I applied for a place in writing. Thankfully I did, because I would’ve been missing out on a great opportunity to make friends, grow and learn the inner workings of theatre.
Every morning we have to arrive at The Civic Theatre at 10.00 am. We then do a session broken into two parts up until 4 pm. This includes having talks with our mentors. Speaking of mentors, it definitely consists of people who know their stuff. Davey Kelleher has worked as a freelance director and producer across London and Dublin and is an associate director of Quite Nice Theatre. Gavin Kostick has won a number of awards himself (Irish Times Theatre, The Stewart Parker Trust). He is also the Literary Officer of Fishamble Theatre Company and works with new writers to produce fresh new work; and this is only naming a few!
On the first day all fifty of us gathered in the theatre and talked about the plays and how it would work. The plan is that the student writer will be working with the writers, Gavin, Davey and Veronica from October up until November. Four or five plays may be chosen for production, and then TY students from the different schools partaking in the programme will be invited to come and watch the finished plays.
I think the great thing about Tenderfoot is that no one is left behind. Oh, you’re not an actor – that’s fine! You could be a writer and maybe explore costume design. You might not be good at any of those things either, that’s still ok – you could take part behind the scenes too. Stage Management, Sound and Lights. There’s something for everyone to try!
Being a part of Tenderfoot means being part of a non-judgemental atmosphere. Every morning we partake in different exercises that leave us all looking very funny and that’s ok, we can have a laugh together.
There’s a very important message though, that Tenderfoot really drives home: Teamwork. The exercises we do and games we play- are all in an effort to build our teamwork. “Theatre is all about teamwork. It needs to work as a unit to be successful.” The lights, the sound, the actors and the writers – everyone, from crew to cast all have to put in the same amount of work to pull off a successful play.
This quote is not only true to Tenderfoot but also to what is yet to come in the future. It is a perfect fit for the Transition Year module because of that.
I’ve learned so many new things about theatre and playwriting, I’ve also made some great new friends and I’m still not done yet. The plays are soon to be picked and I have no doubt that it will be a big event!
A workshop on the Leaving Cert Irish oral was held last Friday in the library. It was run by a performance group called Caith Amach É. Fifth and Sixth Year students thoroughly enjoyed the performance and even got involved themselves. It wasn’t all fun however as students also had to use what they learned in the show and practise their own oral Irish. Students found the workshop really beneficial and Fifth Years are looking forward to taking part again next year.
Thanks to Ms Clarke and Ms Lawless for organising the event.
The Fifth Year Leaving Certificate students at Collinstown Park Community College took part in the “Rayse the Game” study skills and motivation seminar with the presenter Ray Langan on Thursday last. The session focused on helping the students understand how their brain works, what type of learners they are and what type of study strategies might suit their learning style. Additional to this they were introduced to a new approach to studying based on study grids that showed them how to break topics into at most nine separate areas. The session also included some motivational and goal setting elements that should prepare the students for a successful run-up to their in-house and state examinations.
Well done to all who participated and to Mr O’Malley who organised the event.
On Wednesday, November 14th Ms McVeigh and Ms Scully’s debating class attended their first debating competition. The venue for this event was Carlow IT. The Institute of Technology, Carlow is one of the largest technology colleges in Ireland, with campuses in Carlow, Wexford and Wicklow, and part-time provision elsewhere in the Republic.
The day started early for those students attending the event as the bus left the school at 7:45am. The trip to Carlow IT was an hour long, students passed the time by practising their speeches on the way. The Debate Team chosen to represent the school at the competition were Mckayla Costigan, Nathalia Dunne, Shane Murray, Alicia Loftus, Taryn Purcell, Nathan Duffy and the students that came to support were Casey Bennett, Adam Tiernan and Keith Carass. With prize money of €500 on the line, everybody was nervous but excited for the day ahead.
When everyone was seated it was time for the debating competition to start. All the students that spoke were amazing and the confidence that they showed was outstanding. The motion proposed by Collinstown students was: “This house believes that the building industry isn’t doing enough to tackle homelessness.” The students made some great points and answered back the questions that were asked with assurance.
Unfortunately, Collinstown Park did not win the overall prize. The schools they were up against were much more experienced in debating competitions and in the end this led to them coming out on top of the judges’ scorecards. This has not dampened the Debate Team’s enthusiasm however and they are looking forward to more competitions in the near future.
Collinstown Under 15 football team had a great week on the football pitch this week. After a bad defeat away to Confey before Mid-Term the lads could be forgiven for lacking confidence with two games in four days.
However, two victories and ten goals later the Under 15s now are in a great position to reach the knockout stages of the competition.
On Monday goals from Onesime Tembe x 2, Jake O’Reilly, Tadgh Curran and Darren Kelly saw Collinstown prevail 5-0 over a valiant Kishoge Community College outfit.
On Thursday Blakestown made the trip to Clondalkin. After falling behind early on Collinstown could have thrown in the towel but a wonderful free kick from Onesime Tembe saw them go in level at half time. Four more goals after the break followed by a late consolation saw Collinstown prevail 5-2.
The final group game takes place on Monday against local rival Pobailscoil Iosolde Palmerstown. A win will see the team qualify for the knockout stages.
On Tuesday the 16th of October six Transition Year students accompanied by Ms Kirwan and Ms Davis to a Green Schools meeting held in Keadeen, Co Kildare. Collinstown students attended this meeting so they could acquire information about what is needed to get the third Green Schools flag for the school, the water flag (Yellow Flag).
When they arrived to the meeting, they were welcomed and brought to their table. Four other schools from around Dublin and Wexford attended the meeting also.
The hosts told us that the theme of the next flag is water, they explained we would have to come up with ideas that we could do to achieve our flag. A school from Wexford who already got their flag last year presented a PowerPoint on what they did to get their flag.
A representative from Uisce Eireann then spoke to the group. He talked a lot about how the old pipes from 150 years ago are made of iron and the minerals in the water react with the pipes so they had to change them to hard plastic pipes that will not react with the water, will last longer and are more sustainable.
Following this, the students took part in some science experiments. They showed us that if you put food colouring in water and put a flower in the same water then the dye will travel through the flower into the petals.
Another experiment was that they had two balloons. One was filled with water and the other was not. They put a lighter to each balloon. The balloon with the water did not pop as quickly as the one with no water. This was to document the effects of global warming – when the earth heats up the water takes that heat and will heat up our oceans and melt our glaciers.
Since this meeting, efforts have been ongoing by both staff and students to try to make the school a more sustainable place with a focus on water. A competition to try to come up with a slogan and a logo for the school’s effort to get the Yellow Flag took place. The slogan that the school will use is: ‘Every Drop Counts’.
On Tuesday the 23rd of October our Collinstown Park U-15 football team played away to Confey College in Lexlip. The game started off really well for Collinstown with great attacks from Darragh Dunne and Onasime Tembe creating good chances that they could not finish. Against the run of play Collinstown went down 1-0 after 14 minutes, followed by another quick goal to make it 2-0 after 17 minutes.
Collinstown started to move the ball a lot better after getting a wake-up call from being 2-0 down and found a way through the opposition defence to feed the ball through to Nelson Igunbor who placed it in the back of the net after 19 minutes to make it 2-1.
Soon after, a sloppy kick out by the opposition ‘keeper fell to Cian Somers’ feet, an optimistic shot at goal saw him find the back of the net from near the half way line. A truly wonderful goal from CPCC’s man of the match on the day.
Further pressure from the away side kept Confey on the back foot, but a mistake in the midfield led to Confey’s third goal of the day to put them 3-2 up after 25 minutes. Confey kept pushing the Collinstown defence and found a way through to find their fourth goal. Great link up play from Tembe and Darragh Dunne allowed Dunne to chip the keeper and make it 4-3 coming up to half time. But Confey weren’t done yet and came straight back at Collinstown scoring their fifth goal just on the half time whistle.
The second half kicked off following a pep talk from the coach Mr Dowling who hoped to lift the team’s spirits going into the second half. However, a pep talk wasn’t enough as Confey, aided with a strong breeze, in the second half scored four more in a short space of time. The final kick of the game summed up the game for CPCC as Confey counter-attacked and scored their ninth goal.
The final result – Confey College 9 : Collinstown Park 3.
Squad : Callum O’Rourke, Kane Casey, Martin Ikharo, Conor O’Flaherty, Ryan Doyle, Onasime Tembe, Darragh Dunne, Tadgh Curran, Nelson Igunbor, Akinola Adeyinka, Dylan Walker, Lee Greene, Cian Somers
On the 15th of October the U19s Basketball team travelled to Le Chéile Secondary School in Tyrrelstown near Blanchardstown to pursue their hopes of winning their second game in a row after they started off strong in their first game. They had no intentions of losing this one.
Collinstown started off strong with early buckets by Harvey Killeen and Conor Nolan, the end of the first quarter seeing Le Chéile take the narrowest lead going into the second quarter. The third quarter is where Collinstown slipped up and allowed Le Chéile to score some easy baskets which left Collinstown down a few points at the end of the quarter. They found a way back into the game but Le Chéile held on to their lead to see out the game and seal the victory with the final score being 57-54.
The lads were disappointed with their performance on the day but they kept their heads up and now are ready to push onto their next game.
On the same day, Collinstown Park’s U16 basketball team also faced Le Chéile Secondary School. Unfortunately Collinstown suffered a disappointing defeat, losing 37-18. The U16 boys tried their hardest throughout the entire match but their efforts were not enough to beat their opponents. Collinstown’s top scorer was Eoighan Barry with 8 points.
Good effort to the boys and better luck next time.