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Further Ed students visit Trinity College

On Friday 9th November students from the Return to Learning class and the English class visited Trinity College.  They got a guided tour of the college from an undergraduate Law student, seeing all the well known areas of the college.  When the tour finished they went to see the Book of Kells in the Library and then got the opportunity to see the magnificent Long Room.  Such was their interest that we just had time to grab a cup of coffee before heading back to the College.


New Coding Club Starts


On Wednesday 7th November there was a new first in Collinstown Park when Ms Healy started a Coding Club.  First Years started off with a two week taster session which will then be offered to Second Years.

Students really enjoyed the session which used the very popular Microsoft Microbit.  They started experimenting with the code and teaching each other new applications within a few minutes.



First Years Learning Scary Style

First Years got into the Halloween spirit today Friday 26th October from early morning. The students braved the elements to get to school whilst being chased by vampires, ghosts and ghouls. Once safely inside it quickly became apparent that this was going to be no ordinary day in Collinstown Park. The four tutor classes were invaded by skeletons, ghosts, babies, zombies, Damo, clowns and many more interesting characters.

Students enjoyed the spooky atmosphere throughout the day which culminated in our First Year Halloween Party in the afternoon. Students took part in Halloween activities that saw them working in teams to figure out brain teasers, number puzzles and get to grips with some unusual optical illusions. Spot prizes were awarded to those who showed us how to floss, sing and rap!

The winner of the Fancy Dress competition was Class 1H, your tutor class will receive a prize after mid-term break.

Well done to all our First Years. Have a spooktacular Halloween!


Adult Graduation 2018

On Thursday 18th October the Further Education Students of 2017-2018 received their Certificates for their QQI level 5 and QQI level 6 Awards.  The Graduation Ceremony took place in the School Assembly Hall and was attended by many of last year’s graduates. They were congratulated by the MC for the evening, Ms Kathleen Campbell; those congratulations were echoed by Ms Enda Kenny, the FE Co-ordinator.

Enda emphasised the achievement of the students who had worked hard through their courses – often with a lot of competing demands on their time.  She thanked the staff of the college, the families and friends of the students for supporting the students during the year.  She reminded the Graduates that their studies had not ended, that they will never cease learning.  She remarked that she had learned so much over the years from the FE students and would continue to learn in her new role as Deputy Principal of Sallynoggin Further Education College.

The theme of continuing education was echoed by the speaker representing the students, Michael Wallace.  He described his academic journey from Collinstown Park to Trinity College.  He thanked the school for all it had given him and all the students in the FE section.

The evening was wrapped up by Ms Pauline Duffy, school principal, who praised the students and their families and friends.  She recognised the work that they had put in and wished them well in their future journey.  She noted the difference that Enda Kenny had made in her years in FE in Collinstown Park and said that Collinstown’s loss would be Sallynoggin’s gain.

Following the formalities the students caught up with each other over refreshments in the school.


Sixth Years prepare their own book on Macbeth

On Thursday 12th October the 6th year Higher Level English Class presented their wonderful Macbeth book to the Principal Ms Duffy and their Year Head Ms Kirwan. This book was a task undertaken to bring their study and learning to the fore. The class are studying the Shakespearean play Macbeth for their Leaving Certificate under the direction of Ms O’Mahony. The students were delighted with how professional their work had turned out and we wish them the very best with their studies.


Further Education students go scavenging in the Phoenix Park

Further Education students in Collinstown Park had a welcome break from classes this Thursday morning when the FE department organised a scavenger hunt in the Phoenix Park.

Groups of FE students were to be seen photographing themselves with deer or dogs, asking bemused cyclists to pose with them, seeking an elusive beer keg or the Phoenix Monument.  Students having been tasked with photographing themselves with an animal; one intrepid group – the eventual winners – photographed themselves with some of the zoo’s lions.

A very enjoyable morning was had by students and staff, finished off by a picnic at the Pope’s Cross car park.  Well done to all.


Basketball Success

On Tuesday 25th of September Collinstown Park CC hosted King’s Hospital in U16 and U19 Boys Basketball.

The U 16 Boys started their game well and led at half time but King’s came back strong in the second half and went on to win the game. Credit has to go to the spirit and dedication the players gave throughout the game.

The Team consisted of:

Cian Norman, Josh Collins, TJ Bambrick, Eoighan Barry, Jonathan Peppard, Onesime Tembe, Kyria Tembe, Nathan Brogan and Liam Bailey.

The U 19 Boys gave a world class demonstration of talent and skill. They went ahead early and never gave up their lead. They were gracious in triumph and ran out winners 56 points to 18 points. Well done to them all.

The Team consisted of:

Dylan Downey

Harvey Killeen

Conor Nolan

Jamie Smith Oliver

Cian Smith

Rokas Galinauskas

Anthony Emmett

Kyria Tembe

Eoighan Barry