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Music Department Open Night

The Music Department will host an Open Night this Thursday 28th March. Students from all year groups will showcase their skills. Many students will be performing songs they plan to do for their Leaving or Junior Cert practical in a couple of weeks. As such, the night provides a great opportunity for them to develop their performance skills. Students and parents are welcome to come along to what will be a very enjoyable evening. 

Performances start at 7pm and tea and coffee will be available on the night. 


TYs go Go-Karting

The Transition Years went go-karting on Wednesday 20th March. We got beautiful weather for our great day of racing and fun. Everyone enjoyed the day and looked well in their racing gear!


First Year Business students shine

Business Studies Personal Financial Life-Cycle Assignment.
First year Business Studies students were given the task of researching a future career and creating a financial road map of pursuing this career. Students needed to identify needs, wants, college courses and work experience relative to the various stages of their life. Students presented their financial life-cycle to the class, and were graded using the features of the quality model used in CBA’s. Dylan Melia (1E) seen below presenting his Professional Footballer Financial Life-cycle and Kerri O’Flaherty (1A) presenting her Bank Clerk Financial Life-cycle.


Beauty Students Add Lots Of Extra Qualifications And Skills

In February some of the girls from the beauty class attended a makeup application workshop with the fantastic Natasha Ray!

natasha ray workshop

This was followed on 5th March when the beauty class successfully completed an Eyelash extension course, it was a long but fun full day,  where the tutor became the student.

eyelash day

Finally on 14th March the hairdressing and the beauty class successfully completed four workshops in Dermalogica skincare and product training. A great day was had by all.



Inspiring Women Conference A Hit For Our Students

Twenty-four young women from our Fifth and Sixth Year attended an INSPIRING WOMEN event at The Foundry in Google HQ. It was held on International Women’s Day, 8th March.
Two of our students interviewed on stage the CEO of Google, Fionnuala Meehan and the Chief Operating Officer of Bank of America, Patty Clement.
The key note speaker was Minister Katherine Zappone.
Inspiring the Future Ireland (ITFI), an initiative run by South Dublin County Partnership,  launched its ‘Inspiring Women’ campaign, which aims to give young school students from disadvantaged areas a chance to hear from successful female role models working in a broad variety of roles and industries.
It was a great success where 250 young women heard from 25 female leaders in business, education, science and the arts.



The Iceberg Club

The Iceberg Club is our newest club here in Collinstown Park Community College. Unsure as to whether it would take off, we asked for students who were interested in joining a club where they gave back to their communities. We were amazed with the response. Many students wanted to take part; however, due to clashes with other lunch clubs, not all students were available to take part on a Monday. In saying that we did have 11 students who showed up ready to give back. We remained nameless for the first week and last week after a long debate it was given the name The Iceberg Club. Where did the name come from? Well these students feel that there is more to them than what you see, hence the iceberg analogy!iceberg[1]

What a fantastic group of young people, First Years standing up and contributing positively to society, we couldn’t be more proud of you. For the group’s first event they wanted to impact their school community and they introduced the “You’ve Been Mugged” initiative whereby they nominated a teacher who has gone above and beyond to help their students. The teacher is presented with a mug filled with goodies so they can relax with a cuppa and enjoy their treats. The teacher pays it forward and nominates a fellow teacher to ‘be mugged’. Well done to the following members of the Iceberg Club, we think you’re amazing young people: Taylor Behan Jones, Sophie Boyce, Karen[1]Codie Brennan, Millie Byrne, Kayla Desmond, Sarah Halpin, Charlie O’Brien, Jodi Purcell, Danielle Ryan, Naomi Tshilos, Adam Whelan.

Well done also to our first teacher to be mugged, Ms Scully.

Ms Matthews and Ms McNamee


Gavin Lawlor, CEO Of Innov8academy And Co Founder Of The Irish Fairy Door Company Visits TY Enterprise Students

On Monday 11th March, Gavin Lawlor visited the school and met with the NFTE finalists: Eric McMahon, Killian Kinsella and Elana Desmond.

Gavin gave an insightful talk on his journey to date with the Irish Fairy Door Company and his latest inventions at Innov8academy. Students  received some sound advice on their business plans and pitches for the Regional Finals on Wednesday 13th March.

We wish them and their teacher/mentor Ms Jones the best of luck.


First Year Boys Football Team Suffer Cruel Defeat In Final


Finishing second in our group set up a final showdown with Oatlands. The venue was Stella Maris all weather pitch on Wednesday 27th February. Despite the sunny weather and the perfect pitch, the boys started slowly, allowing Oatlands to control the opening period of the game. Fortunately, this lethargic start did not prove costly as we gradually grew into the game. The first half was a scrappy affair in which neither side managed to create any clear goal scoring opportunities. It was in the second half when the game came to life.

Oatlands started brightly, hitting the post with a strike from outside the box. We responded well, creating chances of our own and with ten minutes to go managed to find a breakthrough. A free kick was awarded mid-way inside the Oatlands half. The ball was crossed into the box and they struggled clear it away. After a flurry of tackles and scuffed clearances the ball broke to Morgan Callaghan and he calmly tucked it into the bottom corner of the net. It was a finish that a striker would be proud of never mind a centre half. Ecstatic celebrations followed. As the minutes began to slip away Oatlands pushed forward, creating some good chances. With only a couple of minutes to go they were awarded a penalty which was finished with conviction. This meant extra time.

We came out strong in the first half of extra time. Tadgh McDonagh was moved to a more attacking role as he began to heavily influence the game. He was also aided by strong performances from Ryan Carey and Taylor Jones. It was in this period where we dominated, creating numerous goal scoring opportunities but failing to capitalise on them. The second half of extra time continued in the same vein, but Oatlands also looked dangerous on the counter attack and it was one of these attacks that proved our undoing. A quick counter left our defence exposed as the Oatlands forward burst into the box. Aaron McDade came across to make a tackle and there appeared to be little contact with the player but the referee deemed it a foul and awarded Oatlands their second penalty. Like the first penalty, it was finished with conviction.

With only a few minutes to go we committed everything to attack which led to some frantic moments in the Oatlands box. In the dying seconds of the match we had a penalty claim turned down as it appeared that Morgan was taken down by one of the Oatlands defenders. It was a cruel end to a fiercely contested match.

Final Score

Collinstown Park 1 – 2 Oatlands


Energy Efficiency Workshops

On Friday 15th February, students from TY and 1E tutor class took part in workshops on climate change and sustainability as part of our Energy Efficiency Education Programme. Our school is working with Microsoft, SSE Airtricity and SEAI to create awareness around the importance of energy conservation in our community. The workshops were delivered by SEAI, and various guests from Microsoft, SSE Airtricity and SEAI attended.

Students worked together to evaluate how our everyday activities can have a global environmental impact, and examined how the development of renewable energy solutions could meet our energy needs in a more sustainable fashion.


Third Years Visit Leinster House

On Thursday, 28th February, Mr Cassidy, Ms Courtney and the students from 3S visited Leinster House as part of their CSPE action project. The students sat in the Dáil gallery and watched discussions and votes by the TDs present.

They then visited the Seanad chamber and were given information about the Houses of the Oireachtas and some interesting historical information.

Before they departed students met local Fianna Fáil TD, John Curran, for a chat and had refreshments provided for them in the Dáil bar.