The Adult Students in Collinstown Park finished off a busy term with a morning Christmas party on Wednesday 20th. Most of the classes were represented – apart from those doing work experience. Ms Enda Kenny, the Head of Adult Education in the school, wished all the students a very happy Christmas and advised them to have a good rest before the rigours of the second term!
On Thursday 7th December 16 Transition Year students visited Microsoft for the final part of the 6 week JAI Success Skills Programme. This visit was the first of its kind as Microsoft Data Centre have never opened their doors to such a visit!
Students brought their CVs and attended mock interviews based on four employment positions in Microsoft. The four positions were: Electrician, Data Centre Technician, Security Officer and Loading Bay Operative.
Students prepared very well for their interviews. They spoke confidently about their qualities and skills they have acquired and most importantly why they should be chosen for such a position.
Key personnel in Microsoft such as Mechanical Engineers and Electricians interviewed our students. Students were given excellent verbal and written feedback from their interviewers and were treated to lunch afterwards.
According to their teacher and mentor, Ms Carolann Jones, CPCC students represented themselves and their school very well.
This year is the seventh year of the Collinstown Park Winter Wonderland. Students from St Peter Apostle and St Mary’s visited our Winter Wonderland and had a great time with all the attractions and then met the Man himself, Santa Claus.
The Transition Year elves were excellent helpers, making sure every child enjoyed himself/herself. They worked along with Ms Helen McHugh and the originator of the idea Mr John Whelan and all the Sports Hall team. Santa and all his helpers are exhausted after four days hosting visiting children. There were also visits for the children of adult students in the school and DDLETB employees.
On Tuesday 28th November adult students had a welcome break from classes for the annual table quiz in the school Assembly Hall. All departments were represented in the packed hall. Taste and smell rounds added an extra challenge. The Head of Adult Education was the question master for the event and distributed spot prizes through the event.
Winners were a team from the SNA group. They were just ahead of a team from the Fast Track to IT class.
Following the presentation all students had a chance for a cup of tea before returning to classes.
Student of the Month awards were presented today for October and November. As part of the awards, Ms Kay O’Connor from Inspiring the Future Ireland talked to the students and gave them six inspiring thoughts to keep them on track with their future careers.
The winners were as follows:
Student of the Month for October 2017
1st Year Cayla Hollywood and Courtney Whelan McManus
Collinstown Park students attended the GYIT (Get Youth into IT) event in The Citywest Hotel on Monday 27th November.
The purpose of the seminar was to show students some of the careers available in IT. Speakers included representatives of LinkedIn, a recruitment agency and a third level student who enthused our students about CoderDojo. Students were given the opportunity for hands on experience including virtual reality gaming which was a real treat.
Congratulations to our students Evan Gorman and Gabriel Suwala who won the Kahoot quiz.
Collinstown Park Community College Further Education Department welcome teachers from Norway
DDLETB has undertaken a European partnership project as part of the Erasmus+ Programme. The project known as EUCOPP (European Communities of Professional Practice) aims to build communities of professional practice for teachers within DDLETB and at a European level. The focus of the project is on the Healthcare and Childcare vocational areas. EUCOPP is a two-year project during which teachers from Estonia and Norway will visit Ireland to spend time job shadowing our teachers. Over the course of the next two years teachers from Collinstown Park Community College will travel to Trondheim in Norway and Haapsalu in Estonia to learn about vocational education in these countries and observe teaching methodologies and practice.
On the 13th of November a group of seven teachers and managers from two Vocational Colleges in Trondheim, Norway came to Dublin for a three-day job shadowing visit. The two colleges are Kristen videregående skole Trøndelag (KVT) and Orkdal Vidaregåande Skole. The teachers attended an introductory session in DDLETB Head Office, followed by a visit to Trinity College.
On Thursday 16th three of the Norwegian teachers came on a visit to Collinstown Park Community College where they observed classes and met with students.CPCC students enjoyed learning about the Norwegian education system and the structure of Health Care and Child care services in Norway.
Teachers in CPCC also reported that they have benefited on a personal and professional level as a result of working with both the Norwegian partners and their own colleagues in DDLETB.
Collinstown Park celebrated getting its second Green Flag on Thursday 16th November. There was a flag-raising ceremony with invited guest Ms Órna Delahunty, a well loved recently retired teacher of the school who had championed environmental issues in her time.
The students involved in the Green Schools campaign, along with the three hardworking co-ordinators; Ms Marie O’Connell, Ms Norah Campbell and Ms Winnie Kirwan, were present on a sunny afternoon where the flag was raised outside the main building.