All posts by Walter Doolin


JCSP Awards Ceremony

On Tuesday 15th May our Third Year students were presented with their final JCSP profiles in a school ceremony attended by the students, their parents, Ms Davis the JCSP co-ordinator, Ms Mohan, Third Year Head, Ms Duffy, Principal and Ms Friel, Deputy Principal as well as many of their teachers.

Ms Monaghan conducted a short prayer service and Ms Kinsella and the school choir accompanied the service.

These profiles detail their achievement over the three years of their course.


Tayto Park trip for Prizewinning students

On 16th May over 130 prizewinners of the Microsoft Datacentre awards and some lucky teachers went on a trip to Tayto Park.

A great day was had by all participants. The sun shone down on them and the Rollercoaster was undoubtedly the most popular attraction.

A big thank you to Microsoft Datacentres for sponsoring the awards.

Some pictures:


Microsoft Excellence Awards Ceremony

May 9th 2018: following the announcement of the Microsoft Awards we held an awards ceremony in the school this evening for the first winners.  Over one hundred and forty students reached the standards set for the first Microsoft Datacentres Excellence Award.  They were presented with their certificates and a voucher.  Ten of these students won a special prize for their contribution on the subject of citizenship. All students also won a day out in Tayto Park.

It was a great evening; Cathal Murphy and Jonathan Haverty of the Microsoft Datacentre spoke about the possibilities for the students, emphasising the key qualities and skills needed for the workplace.

Principal Ms Duffy also congratulated the winners of the Academic Awards and Student of the Month Awards who were also present on the evening.

Winners of the top awards for Excellence were:

First Year Courtney Whelan McManus Cian Somers
Second Year Sophie Smith Katelyn Hillary
Third Year Amy Emmett Lucas Church
Fourth Year Luke Murphy Wiktoria Manicka
Fifth Year Nadine Church Lee Barrett

A full list of the winners will be available below the photos.


Collinstown Receives Community Empowerment Fund Award from Microsoft

May 8, 2018  

We recently received a €12,500  award from the Microsoft Community Empowerment Fund to support a Student Award Programme. The Award Programme will be used to focus students on five important attributes promoted by Collinstown Park Community College among its students, attributes also sought by Microsoft when recruiting and hiring datacenter employees. Students will monitor their own excellence in attendance, punctuality, uniform, homework and behaviour utilising a self-monitor card. The goal of the programme is to improve these five key attributes and develop skills that will benefit students for the rest of their lives and will transfer into the workplace.

“Collinstown Park Community College is delighted to receive this award from Microsoft”, said Pauline Duffy, College Principal. She added: “We look forward to celebrating the success achieved by our students as part of this Student Award Programme. We wish to acknowledge the generosity and support of Microsoft.”

John Hardy, Datacentre Operations Manager, Microsoft Corp said: “Microsoft is pleased to partner with Collinstown Park Community College and support this Student Award Programme. Helping students develop skills and behaviours that will help them be better students and prepare to be great employees will pay dividends for the students, the school, and the entire community. The Microsoft Community Empowerment Fund awards are an important way for the company and our employees to contribute to stronger, more resilient communities.”

The Community Empowerment Fund, created and managed by Microsoft’s Datacenter Community Development team, is designed to support community-led and prioritised projects, increase collaboration among contributors and award recipients, and develop ecosystems that help deliver common community priorities. Through this approach, Microsoft hopes to achieve long-term, systemic, and holistic outcomes in the communities in which it operates.


Another year, another musical success.



This year in Collinstown we put on  show called ‘Can’t stop the Beat’.  We had various soloists and a hardworking chorus, directed by Ms McHugh, supported by her backstage team and her various colleague helpers.  We had two excellent nights of performances. Below are some of the photos taken by our school photographers: Colm and Conor.


Great News for our College’s Cisco Networking Academy!

Collinstown Park Community College has just been awarded the Certificate of Recognition for FIVE YEARS of active participation and service in Cisco Networking Academy.


We have also received certification in recognition of Expert Level Instructor Excellence and lasting contribution to the Cisco Networking Academy programme.

Collinstown Park has offered training programs culminating in the certifications Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) over the last few years. The training programme leads to an industrial certification recognised worldwide. The Cisco CCNA is mapped to a QQI level 6 advanced award. It is a perfect course of study for anyone wishing to enter the IT industry since alongside holding a QQI Level 5 award in Computer Systems and Networks or the CompTIA A+ or equivalent life experience, you will be primed for entry into the IT industry. At Collinstown Park, we also provide the much acclaimed and globally recognised CompTIA A+ award.  Job roles from Cisco CCNA include the following:

System Engineers (Computer Networking/ IT), Technical Support Engineer, Network Administrator, Network Security Associate.

Many other job roles are also available depending on the CCNA Track. For example, if someone has good knowledge of wireless fundamentals, he/she can easily get the job on that basis. Other job titles are like Network Support Technician, Data Centre Associate, Video and Voice Engineers etc.Cisco2

Since 2005, 92% of CCNA Networking Academy students globally have achieved their goals: a new job, more education or opportunities at work.  The IT networking sector is a thriving sector in the Irish workforce and offers many opportunities for success.

So why not enrol on the CCNA course with us or begin your journey here with the CompTIA A+?

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State Examination Fees

Letters were given to all third and sixth year students this morning detailing the exam fees for Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied and Junior Certificate. The document has details of how to pay the fees or to apply on line for an exemption based on having a medical card.

If you have any queries, please contact Mr Doolin, the exam secretary, at the school  (01) 4572300 Extension 153


1M Make a Book

On Wednesday 21st March 1M attended the Make a Book exhibition in the Bonnington Hotel. They were accompanied by Ms McEvoy and Ms Maguire.

There were 13 schools participating in the event. Each school had to come up with a theme or topic for their book. 1M each wrote their own short story. Every student got a certificate of participation.

The students were treated to some entertainment by a Cork rapper who in turn helped them to write and perform a rap. Afterwards they were treated to chicken and chips.

It was a fantastic day out for all involved.


Claire O’Hora RIP

Claire O’Hora who worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist in the school for a number of years until 2010 died last Thursday 1st March.

She was committed to her role and made a real difference to the students she encountered.

Her funeral took place on Monday 5th March.

May she rest in peace