On Thursday 14th of February, the TY Enterprise class presented their business plans to a panel of three judges. The panel was made up of Debbie & Julie from Rowlagh Credit Union and Lisa Rowntree from Ace Enterprise centre.
Each enterprise presented their business plan and presented their product to the dragons. The judges were impressed with such high standard businesses and gave great advice for continuing their business in the future. The judges had a difficult task choosing overall winners, but they all agreed that KED Stress ball Company (Killian Kinsella, Eric McMahon & Dylan Downey won best business plan and Creation Aprons – custom made aprons (Elana Desmond) won most innovative idea.
Both companies will go on to the next stage of the Foróige NFTE competition and represent CPCC in the regional finals in March.
Transition Year students enjoyed a sight and taste sensation today at Butlers chocolate factory. They then decorated their very own Valentine hearts. There was lots of chocolate and fun had by everyone in attendance.
On Tuesday 12th February students from the Fifth Year LCVP class visited KN Group in Cloverhill Industrial Estate to launch a new mentoring program. This is being organised by Business in the Community which aims to foster links between schools and local businesses.
We got a great welcome from the CFO Eamonn O’Kennedy who introduced us to the staff members who are going to mentor our students. There was a relaxed session with refreshments in the canteen where mentors and students got to meet and chat. We got a tour around the offices which really impressed our students. We met the CEO of the the company, Donagh Kelly, who welcomed us and wished us luck with the venture.
The first formal mentoring sessions will start in March.
On Wednesday 6th February the Fifth Year LCVP classes welcomed Wes Walsh, a past pupil from 1994. An employee and Associate Director of Alexion, a giant BioPharma company, he came in to talk about his work in Alexion and his career path. He was accompanied by Jim Bermingham, the Director of Global Talent who talked and advised the students about careers and interviews.
The talks prompted many questions and it was deemed a great visit by students. Students hope to visit the Aexion plant soon to see the practical side of how a BioPharma plant works.
On Monday 28th January Healthcare and Nursing students joined the Hairdressing class to learn some extra skills. They were shown by the tutor and students the various aspects of Hair Care that might be useful to them in a care setting. Students had great fun while building up their knowledge and skills. Thanks to Emma McEvoy the Hairdressing expert and Averil Whelan from the Healthcare Department who organised this new area of the course.
Our Under-19 boys have booked their place in the final of the West Dublin Metropolitan League after an emphatic win against St Michael’s College, Ballsbridge in the semi-final on Monday 21st January.
The Collinstown lads, playing their first game back since the Christmas break, started brightly and had a couple of chances to take the lead early on before an inch-perfect pass from Josh McDonagh put Kian Delaney through who chipped the ball over the keeper to put our lads 1-0 up. A second goal for Collinstown and Kian soon followed after he beat what seemed like the whole St Michael’s defence before unleashing a shot that the keeper could only parry into the net. The score remained the same at the break with Collinstown dominating much of the play and chances.
The second half was only two minutes old when Jake Purcell hit a dipping volley from 30 yards that many professional players would be proud of to put Collinstown 3-0 up. St Michael’s responded soon after to get back into the game and send a message to Collinstown that the contest was not over yet.
But almost immediately Collinstown responded and it was that man again, Jake Purcell, with an almost carbon copy of his first goal, another 30 yard volley that put Collinstown 4-1 up and effectively killed off the game.
Jake then bagged himself another goal to cap off an eight-minute hat-trick and send Collinstown well on their way to the final.
Kian Delaney, a thorn in the side of the St Michael’s defence all day, was not going to be outscored by Jake and bagged himself a hat-trick too, soon after. It was almost a separate competition between both lads to see who would get the most goals on the day. That contest finished in a draw with both grabbing four goals apiece to wrap up an 8-2 victory for Collinstown.
The lads will take on Oatlands College, who they have already beaten, on Tuesday January 29th.
We wish the Collinstown lads and manager Mr Lanigan the very best of luck.
On Thursday 17th January, the Enterprise class set up their business stands in the Assembly Hall for the annual Trade Fair. Students worked hard competing for each customer that entered the school hall. Students were mindful of the low incomes of their target audience so they priced their products accordingly. Products for sale included: recycled aprons, ear phones, phone accessories, stationery supplies, reusable cups, sweets shop & stress balls.
The next stage of the competition is where each business will present their products in the Dragons’ Den; the winner will go on to represent CPCC in the regional finals in the NFTE Entrepreneurship Programme.
School Under 19s Basketball All Ireland tournament Trip
Team Sheet: Dylan Downey, Kyria Tembe, Jamie-Smith Oliver, Harvey Killeen, Cian Smith, Rokas Galinauskas, Eoighan Barry, Anthony Emmett.
The boys left for their games on Saturday 19th January. They had a long bus journey from Dublin to Tipperary. Once they got there they would arrive at the hotel Clonmel Park hotel. The boys would spend the night there and leave for their matches on the Sunday.
The first game was at 11am vs CTI Clonmel. The game started slowly for the boys – being down by 6 going into the second quarter. The second quarter was much better as they built up a lead with baskets from Anthony Emmett and Harvey Killeen. The boys held the lead in the third quarter with a good team performance and great ball movement. Clonmel started to make a comeback in the fourth but the boys held on to their lead with some big free throws from Jamie-Smith Oliver. Harvey Killeen led the boys with 35 points.
Final Score: CTI Clonmel 47 – 53 Collinstown Park Community College.
Their second game was against OCC Nobber
Yet another slow start to the game from Collinstown while Nobber picked off early baskets due to the boys being tired. In the second quarter the boys made a comeback with a one-man show by Kyria Tembe picking up baskets and grabbing rebounds on the defensive end. In the third quarter Nobber built up yet another lead and were not looking to let go of it. Once the fourth quarter started the boys made a comeback – tying the lead with some great passing by Dylan Downey. Unfortunately, Nobber picked off some late fast-break points allowing them win the game.
Final Score: OCC Nobber 56 – 48 Collinstown Park Community College.