All posts by Walter Doolin


An Easter message from the Principal

This time last year, the entire country was in lockdown. Little did we know what was ahead of us. People hoped that the lockdown would only last for a few weeks. Students and teachers across the country believed they would return to school after Easter. That wasn’t to be and it was September before schools re-opened.

We hope that after Easter this year, we will be able to welcome back the remaining year groups to join our fifth and sixth year students. In the meantime, I wish everyone in our school community a very happy and safe Easter.

Pauline Duffy



Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied candidate Entry Portal opens

This year all students doing Leaving Certificate in sixth year MUST enter for their exams through the Student Portal which opened today 10th March at 12 noon. It will remain open until 6:00 pm on Tuesday 16th March. After that no student can apply to do the Leaving Certificate.

When the student has set up their account he or she needs to click on the link and follow the instructions depending on whether they are doing the Leaving Certificate Applied or Leaving Certificate.

For a brief summary of the information and important dates click here

For detailed instructions in using the portal click here

To see a short information video click here

The State Examination Commission has issued an updated video (Friday 12th March 15:45) on using the Portal. click here to view it

If you have any questions about the process or need to access information please contact your Year Head Ms Mohan or Mr Doolin the Exam Secretary.


Inspirational writing

Every so often as teachers we are bowled over by a piece of student work. Ms Tobin’s third year English students were asked to write a poem about facing a challenge. This is one of several excellent submissions:

Pandora’s box. 
The gods had crafted her from clay, 
Using the fire of Prometheus to bring her to life. 
She was betrothed to Epimetheus whom she swore not to betray, 
She promised to be the perfect wife. 
See Zeus hated both Epimetheus and Prometheus due to their kind hearted nature,
But he knew he could use Epimetheus and his love for Pandora.
Their love had put her and the world in danger, 
Zeus had a much bigger plan than to give them flora.
Pandora’s vice was simply her curiosity, 
It tended to get the better of her most times. 
The gift was given with hidden animosity, 
The simple box if opened would cause major crimes. 
Pandora along with her curiosity lacked self control, 
She opened the box as the gods had planned. 
The moment the lid opened she had doomed hers and many others souls, 
Fear,death and worries came pouring out of the box on command. 
Like the box we all struggle with containing our emotions, 
But deep down a sprinkle of hope lies, 
Whether or not we struggle with loneliness or self loathing, 
Just like Pandora we continue to try. 

Leah Kerr Kavanagh


Online Careers Fair

CAREER PATH EXPO is a virtual education event that will enable second level students and school-leavers to gather information about their options after they leave Collinstown Park. This would be of particular interest to our fifth and sixth year students. It is free.

It is being run on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday evening 10th and 11th March. There is a wide range of information available. For more details go to the Guidance page on this website or follow the direct link here for the Eventbrite booking details.