The first Microsoft supported Data Centre Academy outside the USA was officially opened in Collinstown Park Community College on Tuesday November 12th. Representatives from Microsoft: Bob Reitinger, Paul Englis, John Hardy and Gary McLoughlin joined with the CEO of DDLETB Paddy Lavelle, representatives of other data centres, contractors, DDLETB staff and the current students of the Academy to celebrate the official opening of the Academy.
The Ceremony was performed by Councillor Trevor Gilligan, Deputy Mayor South Dublin county Council, who congratulated all involved before cutting the ribbon. All of the speakers lauded Microsoft’s contribution and the work of all who had been involved in the set up of the Data Centre Academy. They all wished the current students the best of luck in their learning and internships.
On Thursday October 17th our Sixth Year students went on an overnight trip to Tanagh in Co Monaghan along with their teachers Ms Kinsella, Mr O’Malley, Ms Hogan and Ms Kenny.
A Retreat is time spent away from one’s normal life. Our Sixth Year students spent time together in a relaxed friendly environment. To start off the retreat, students enjoyed water activities to help them bond. This was followed by a Reconciliation Prayer Service guided by Ms Kinsella (our school chaplain).
Other activities on our Retreat included a Guided Night Walk in a forest, Meditation and a Trust Walk.
Students worked in groups and listened to each other. The activities helped students to come to a better understanding of themselves, their relationship with others and to reconnect with God. A great day and night was had by all.
The current Board of Management held the final meeting of their three year term on Wednesday 16th October. They met regularly over the course of the school year, overseeing the running of the school. The Chairperson of the Board, Mr Brian Fleming, thanked all the members for their service.
The new board will take up their positions at the next meeting.
Present in the picture are: (front row) Ms Margaret Maher, Mr Brian Fleming (Chairperson), Ms Pauline Duffy (Secretary to the Board), (back row) Ms Aileen Friel, Ms Winnie Kirwan, Ms Patricia Lovett.
Absent: Cllr Ken Farrell, Cllr Mick Duff, Cllr Cora McCann, Sr Ann O’Donoghue, Ms Rena Campion, Mr Seán Harpur
On Thursday 10th October the Further Education students had an alternative morning. Instead of classes, they gathered in the Phoenix Park and took part in a scavenger hunt. Great ingenuity as well as enthusiasm was shown by the students. Despite an initial misty start, the weather soon cleared and students enjoyed a lovely walk or even run around the Park. Following the hunt there was a short picnic and then students were allowed home – to recover!
Last Friday 27th September the 3M class as part of their JCSP Program went to Jumpzone in Liffey Valley with their PE teacher Mr Higgins and their long-suffering tutor Mr Doolin.
The students had a great time and were exhausted by the end of the session. They really enjoyed the experience and look forward to more events like this. They would like to thank Mr Higgins for organising the trip.
On Thursday 26th September we celebrated with our graduates who received their QQI Certificates. Ms Kathleen Campbell, the Head of Further Education, congratulated not only the students but also the families and the tutors who supported the students in the success. Ms Ann Madden, representing the students made an excellent speech reminding the students and families of what had been achieved and how grateful they, the students, were for all the help and support received.
Ms Pauline Duffy, the school principal, noted that it was very hard to follow up those two speeches. She pointed out the difficulties and the extra effort that was needed to persevere in further education and warmly congratulated the students and all involved in their achievement.
The students were presented with their Certificates, had the photos (below) taken and followed that with refreshments and a good catch up with all their peers.
Student Council elections take place today, Tuesday 24th September, for students from First to Fifth Year. You will be called up to the Assembly Hall and given a ballot paper with the names of the candidates from your year.
The students elected will represent you on the Student Council.