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First Year Treasure Hunt

First Years took part in a Treasure Hunt this week to help them find their way around the building. There was lots of competition between the groups, who were accompanied by their 5th Year mentors. The students did a great job finding the answers to the clues and there were even prizes for the first team back with the correct answers.

Second place prizes of extra homework were due to be collected at Ms McNamee’s office at 3.30…… but surprisingly no one turned up to collect them!



For Attention of our Sixth Year Graduates

For All 2018 Leaving Cert and Leaving Cert Applied Graduates, please take the time to read the following notices.
The South Dublin County Council Local Apprenticeship Initiative are still taking applications for their apprenticeships. We have put a link here to the application form. You must have the application in by Friday 7th of September.  Link
For any Leaving Cert student who was disappointed with their results and who didn’t get their CAO Courses please remember the Round 3 Offers on Sept 7th. You can go in and make changes on your existing application if you want to apply for something different.
Also If you haven’t made a CAO application but feel you might have the requirements for CAO Courses you can make an application now for a fee of €45.
Also many PLCs have places still available so be determined and contact the different colleges regarding the courses you are interested in and make an application if you haven’t already.
Please contact Ms Daly if you have any questions at all about the above.


Storyteller Niall de Búrca greets our new First Years

A very big welcome to our new First Year students. On Wednesday students were treated to a day of storytelling by the very talented Mr Niall de Búrca. Niall entertained us with his twist on the famous Salmon of Knowledge Legend and other tales from mythical Ireland.

The students’ imaginations were fully captured and laughter could be heard outside the hall as Niall described some of those feelings that come with making the transition from primary to secondary school. We had many parents attend the event also and they too enjoyed listening to and laughing at the stories being told.

Thank you to Ms Ford and Ms O’Mahony who organised the event which will hopefully encourage and inspire our new First Year students to fire up their imaginations through their love of reading.niall de b



Further Education courses still available

Looking for a course?

The Open Day got a good response; some courses are now full,  but we have places still available on the following courses:

  • Hairdressing and Beauty QQI level 5
  • Beauty Therapy Specialist QQI level 5
  • Nursing Studies QQI level 5
  • Health Care Support QQI level 5
  • Business Administration QQI level 5
  • Business Studies with Medical Administration  QQI level 5
  • FIT: IT Support Technician with CompTIA A+ (VTOS eligible applications only)
  • FIT: IT Network Support Technician with CISCO CCNA

We also have a limited number of places on the following part-time courses:

  • Return to Learning QQI level 4
  • ECDL with Reception Skills
  • Social and Community Care QQI level 5
  • Childcare QQI level 5
  • Childcare QQI level 6

For more information contact the college immediately on (01) 4572300




Congratulations to all our Leaving Certificate Applied and Leaving Certificate students on their results.  There were lots of happy faces in Collinstown Park on Wednesday morning when students collected their results.

The Principal, Ms Duffy, having congratulated the students, once again reminded them that if they needed advice or had any questions they were very welcome to contact the school.


Transition Year Presentation

On Monday 28th May Collinstown hosted the Transition Year Presentation.

The MC for the evening was Zoe Clarke who did a great job entertaining the audience. Students were recognised for their engagement and contribution to Transition Year.

Awards were given for Attendance  and the  Best Folder of Excellence.  The premier award  was called the Spirit of Transition Year.  There were four winners: Zara Byrne, Lee McDonagh, Zoe Byrne and Lauryn McEvoy Smith.

Lauren Hunter was also recognised for her work in TY assisting Ms Kinsella.

Following the formal ceremony there were refreshments and parents could wander around looking at the display of students’ work.


Graduation Evening 2018

On Friday 25th May 2018 Collinstown Park formally marked the graduation of the class of 2018.  In a ceremony in the school Sports Hall the graduates were presented to their parents and teachers and received their Graduation Certificates.

The Annual Student of the Year awards were presented; Gavin O’Reilly and Michaela Higgins were the LCA winners.  At LC, the nominees were Craig Keogh, Josh McGeown, Bartosz Suwala, Aaron Sweeney and Corneille Tembe (Male) and Chloe Bailey, Sarah Dunne, Megan Fogarty, Anita Ikharo, Shannon Murphy, and Jasmine O’Brien (Female).  The winners were: Anita Ikharo and Bartosz Suwala.

The School Ambassador nominees were: Tegan Dunne, Niamh Dunphy, Michaela Higgins, James Leeson, Lauryn McCarthy Purcell and Christopher McMahon.  The winner was: Tegan Dunne.

The evening was hosted by Stella Nkanu, Chairperson of the Student Council.  Megan Fogarty delivered an Address on behalf of the students. Gifts were presented to the tutors, year head and the school on behalf of the class of 2018.

Ms McNamee, the Year Head, finished the evening with a speech reminding the students of their six years in the school and wishing them, on behalf of the school, every success and happiness in the future.


Morning Graduation Ceremony

The class of 2018 celebrated their graduation from school with a ceremony this morning.  Later in the evening there is a formal Graduation involving students and parents.

The morning event was just for teachers and students.  Students walked into the event to a standing ovation from their teachers. There were awards for the Student of the Month and  Attendance.  The Microsoft Awards for Excellence were given out with the big prizes going to Anita Ikharo and Amber Bradford. The Sports Award was presented to Corneille Tembe while the Culture award went to Deborah Reddin.  The Stock Exchange Investment Award was won by Craig Keogh. For the full list of prize winners see the photos below.

Following the awards students and teachers enjoyed a hearty breakfast to set them up for the day.