All posts by Walter Doolin


Next Step For Sixth Class Students

Pupils of St Mary’s and St Peter the Apostle primary schools attended Collinstown Park Community College for a morning to interact with the Transition Year students that they had been working with during the year. The TY students had been delivering a programme around transfer to the Sixth Class pupils and they wanted to show them what secondary school was like.

The Sixth Class students also took the opportunity to meet their Gluais leaders for next year. A great morning was had by all. Well done to the Transition Year Next STEP and Gluais students.


Tayto Park Trip

On the 13th of May, a group of students from Collinstown Park who won the Microsoft award for excellence were rewarded with a trip to Tayto Park.

We left school at around 9 am on the bus. It wasn’t a long drive until we arrived. Once at the gates everyone got a hand stamp so we could get on the rides. In the park, we were told where we would meet up and at what time. Everyone went off on their own in their own groups to go on the rides. First, we went to the airplanes and then we went on some of the smaller rides. We went on the Viking Voyage ride twice and we all got completely soaked; we had to stand in the dryer for ten minutes and it was such a hot day out. After this  a couple of us went on the Cú Chulainn.

There were food stands around the park where we got something to eat before going on a couple more of the smaller rides. Everyone met up at the entrance at around half three and we all got on the bus home. It was a great end of the year trip to have.

Hannah Ingram and Ciara Delaney – TY Press


Basketball news

It is with great sadness that the U19 team say goodbye to one of their squad members Cian Smith. Cian is sitting his Leaving Cert this June and all his team mates would like to wish him the best of luck with his studies.IMG_2969

Basketball in Collinstown Park CC is growing from strength to strength; here are some photos of our U19 Boys basketball team and some of our First Year girls sporting their new warm up tops. Melissa Cooney Ava Flynn Naomi Tshiols 2

Well done to all on a great season.IMG_2970


End Of Year For Further Education Students

On Friday 10th May we said goodbye to our Further Education students.  Mark Ward, the Mayor of South Dublin, came in to talk to them, congratulating them on their achievement and giving them some inspiring ideas.

On behalf of all their tutors Kathleen Campbell, the Head of Further Education,  wished the students well in the future whether that be a return to us for another year, further study or going into the world of work.


Transition Year Table Quiz

On Tuesday 30th April a group of TY students led by Andrew Byrne Cullen organised a very successful table quiz for all Transition Year students.  The questions covered a wide range of topics to suit every taste, from make-up to sport, while also including music history and TV to test a wide area of general knowledge.  There was close competition right up to the end with the winning and second-placed team only separated by a tie-break question.  The student team planned and organised the event along with setting and marking the questions.  A great achievement by all involved.


Fourth Year Accounting Students Visit Microsoft Datacentre And 1 Microsoft Place

On Thursday the 28th of March four Transition Year students got the privilege of visiting the Microsoft Datacentre in Grange Castle and also their impressive building in Sandyford.

From February this year our Fourth Year Accounting class had been availing of a fantastic programme from Junior Achievement Ireland. Students had different sessions about financing their future. This was delivered by Justin Trehy who is the Due Diligence Project Manager in Microsoft Datacentre at Grange Castle. Justin did a fantastic job teaching the class how important it is to stay in school and plan for their futures. We were very grateful for all the hard work that Justin put into each class and for helping us understand the importance of planning for their financial future.

As a reward for their hard work and involvement in the programme Justin arranged for four students to visit the Datacentre in Grange Castle and also the Microsoft offices in Sandyford. Students got a first-hand experience of the type of security that is in place in Grange Castle and the type of work that they do there. We were then whisked away to Sandyford where we got to see the other side of Microsoft filled with 2,000 employees working hard. We also got to see how much Microsoft look after the well being of their staff with an onsite hair dressers and nail salon! We were then given a tour by a Microsoft Intern who explained what she did and how she came to work in Microsoft

Students walked away from this visit knowing what hard work and dedication can get them!

I would love to work in Microsoft as it’s nice to see that for all the hard work the employees put in, I know that they are treated very well. I am sure there are a lot of jobs in Dublin and in America where the other big Microsoft place is.                Jodie O’Reily

Overall I thought the trip was really good because it was something that not a lot of people know about and it was interesting to learn about. In the future I’d love to work there.                          Emily Conway

Justin showed us some machines that can be found in ships and we were all surprised when he told us the price of them; there were 15 and all together they were worth 15 million euro. After the tour we met with some workers in Microsoft and they told us how they got where they are today. For example, one girl got to Microsoft even though in her early life she had no interest in IT; she actually was a beauty therapist before she came to Microsoft.

Ben Palmer

We got to meet three employees from Microsoft. Their stories of how they came to work in Microsoft were very interesting. They all came from different backgrounds and had different qualifications.                             Emmanuel Bankole


Energy Efficiency Evening Hosted By CPCC

On Thursday evening 4th  April 2019 Collinstown Park hosted an information evening covering energy efficiency in the home, renewable energy generation and other available supports. Representatives on the night included SSE Airtricity, SEAI and Microsoft. This event was attended by students of the college together with their parents and guardians and members of the local community.

Exhibitors on the night included home energy saving techniques in addition to interactive resources including solar PV panels and remote control home heating applications. Representatives from SSE Airtricity and SEAI were on hand to give expert advice in energy efficiency in the home.

Victory Luke spoke on behalf of the TY ‘Energy Five Day Challenge’ leaders. Victory gave an insightful account of Generation Green and their wonderful work to date.

There was a presentation on the night to all competition winners and spot prizes were awarded to members of the public.


Collinstown Park Celebrates Microsoft Awards

On Thursday morning 11th April 2019, 183 students from First to Sixth Year were awarded for their success in the Microsoft Awards for Excellence January initiative. To date, over five hundred students have received this award. Representatives from Microsoft were on hand to present students with their certificates and prizes.

That Thursday evening, fifty-nine students together with their parents and guardians, teachers, representatives from Microsoft and DDLETB and our Board of Management celebrated the Citizenship awards. All written pieces and posters were displayed on the night and extracts from each application were shared. Twenty-four special prizes were awarded.


First Year: Grace Shelley, Ammar Syed Shah, Codie Brennan, Jayne Higgins & Tracey Ijezie.

Second Year: Holly Dooley, Cian Somers, Alex Kennedy & Courtney Whelan McManus.

Third Year: Emma Nangle, Rhianna Higgins & Aoife O’Connor.

Fourth Year: Leah Byrne, Shane Murray Lavelle & Emmanuel Bankole.

Fifth Year: Luke Murphy, Chloe O’Flaherty, Grace McCormack, Lee McDonagh and Luke Nolan.

Sixth Year: David Reddin, Nadine Church, Sonia Khan & Aoife Hanley.

Well done to all students involved in the Microsoft drive.


TY Water Experiments With First Year Students

As part of the school’s Green Flag program,  water experiments were conducted by Transition Year students.  Their findings were collated by the students.  These Fourth Year students then presented the experiments to our First Year students. The First Years learned about Pollution and Climate Change in a fun interactive way. Well done to all.