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NEW Data Centre Academy Course Open Day

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Collinstown Park Community College is delighted to announce its NEW Data Centre Academy Certification Programme.

We are the first Microsoft Supported Data Centre Academy outside of the US and our programme will run in our state-of-the-art Data Centre Academy lab.



The DC Academy lab is a mini-scale 3 rack replica DC with the look and feel of a real-world operational data centre. It is fully equipped and fully functional. Read our details of the full-time courses on offer and the learning pathways to data centre technologies and many career opportunities



Transition Years Celebrate At The End Of A Very Successful Year

The Transition Year class of 2018 – 2019 celebrated the end of their very successful year on Monday 27th May in a special ceremony that evening in the school sports hall.

Students recounted their memories of the year, all the different trips that they had gone on, the Work Experience memories and so many more aspects that made up a very memorable TY for all of them.  Ms Mohan, their year head, paid tribute to their participation, enthusiasm and helpfulness and congratulated them on putting so much into the year.  There were many different awards given out.  The Spirit of TY Award was given to Abbey Brennan and Adam Tiernan.


Collinstown Get To Entrepreneur Finals

Transition Year student Elana Desmond 4E, represented Collinstown Park in the NFTE Youth Entrepreneurship Programme. The NFTE programme is run by Foróige. Elana was one of nine students competing in the ‘Innovation’ category at the national final which was held in the Lighthouse Cinema on May 9th. Three thousand students had entered this competition.

Elana’s business (Apronella) involved making aprons from used and unwanted umbrellas. Foroige organised a business mentor; Gavin Lawler from Innov8 Academy (Co Founder of the Irish Fairy Door Company) to assist with her business. Gavin offered great advice and assisted Elana in perfecting her pitch.

In April, Elana was lucky to visit the Innov8 Academy and participate in an innovation workshop held at Trinity College. The workshop was offered to finalists only. Elana worked hard in every part of the competition, operating as a Sole Trader, as she made her way through the various stages. Elana pitched her business idea to a panel of four judges in the final. It was a fantastic achievement to reach a national final and Elana was presented with a trophy in recognition of her achievement of the Entrepreneurship programme.

Well done to Elana!

Ms. Jones.


JCSP Presentation

On Tuesday 14th May 3D and 3M had their Junior Certificate Schools Programme (JCSP) presentation ceremony. There was a great turn out of parents from both classes.

The presentation began with beautiful music played on violin by Aoife O’Conor, Third Year. Ms Connolly and Ms Lawless spoke about the importance of the Junior Certificate Schools Programme.

The important role played by tutors Ms Miller, Ms Rainey,  SNA Ms Walsh and Ms Hickey was acknowledged. The ceremony concluded with another piece of music, this time from Zoe Clarke, Fifth Year, singing “Grace”.  She accompanied herself on guitar.

The presentation was very pleasant and the students were very well behaved, their parents were very proud.

Special thanks to Ms Davis who was a huge help to me.

Ms Lawless


Next Step For Sixth Class Students

Pupils of St Mary’s and St Peter the Apostle primary schools attended Collinstown Park Community College for a morning to interact with the Transition Year students that they had been working with during the year. The TY students had been delivering a programme around transfer to the Sixth Class pupils and they wanted to show them what secondary school was like.

The Sixth Class students also took the opportunity to meet their Gluais leaders for next year. A great morning was had by all. Well done to the Transition Year Next STEP and Gluais students.


Tayto Park Trip

On the 13th of May, a group of students from Collinstown Park who won the Microsoft award for excellence were rewarded with a trip to Tayto Park.

We left school at around 9 am on the bus. It wasn’t a long drive until we arrived. Once at the gates everyone got a hand stamp so we could get on the rides. In the park, we were told where we would meet up and at what time. Everyone went off on their own in their own groups to go on the rides. First, we went to the airplanes and then we went on some of the smaller rides. We went on the Viking Voyage ride twice and we all got completely soaked; we had to stand in the dryer for ten minutes and it was such a hot day out. After this  a couple of us went on the Cú Chulainn.

There were food stands around the park where we got something to eat before going on a couple more of the smaller rides. Everyone met up at the entrance at around half three and we all got on the bus home. It was a great end of the year trip to have.

Hannah Ingram and Ciara Delaney – TY Press


Basketball news

It is with great sadness that the U19 team say goodbye to one of their squad members Cian Smith. Cian is sitting his Leaving Cert this June and all his team mates would like to wish him the best of luck with his studies.IMG_2969

Basketball in Collinstown Park CC is growing from strength to strength; here are some photos of our U19 Boys basketball team and some of our First Year girls sporting their new warm up tops. Melissa Cooney Ava Flynn Naomi Tshiols 2

Well done to all on a great season.IMG_2970


End Of Year For Further Education Students

On Friday 10th May we said goodbye to our Further Education students.  Mark Ward, the Mayor of South Dublin, came in to talk to them, congratulating them on their achievement and giving them some inspiring ideas.

On behalf of all their tutors Kathleen Campbell, the Head of Further Education,  wished the students well in the future whether that be a return to us for another year, further study or going into the world of work.