Back to school arrangements

Back to School Arrangements 

Monday 26th August

1.30pm – 2.45pm:  Transition Years

1.45pm – 2.45pm:  Third Years & Sixth Years Admitted

Tuesday 27th August

9.00am – 11.00am:  First Years

9.30am – 10.30am:  Fifth Years​

Thursday 29th August

9.00am – 10.00am:  Second Years

Students will receive arrangements for the remainder of the first week when they attend the above sessions.

 

Further Education Open Day. Places still available on some courses

Still looking for a course?  Would a course in Further Education suit you?

Come along to our Open Day on Thursday 29th August 2019 from 10am to 12.30pm.

Limited places available on the following courses:

Data Centre Academy Programme: Computer Systems & Networks QQI Level 5 and 6

QQI Level 4: Return to Learning

QQI Level 5: Beauty Therapy

QQI Level 6:  Beauty Therapy

QQI Level 5: Hairdressing and Beauty Studies

QQI Level 5: Health Care Support

QQI Level 5 Nursing Studies

 

 

Congratulations to our students

Congratulations to our Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied students on their excellent results.  We wish all of you the very best in the future. Enjoy the celebrations!

If you wish to view any of your scripts (for free) please remember to register with the online results on examinations.ie  You can apply to see the exam script and the marks allocated.

If you have any queries please contact the school.

 

 

Leaving Certificate results

Leaving Certificate results will be available for collection on Tuesday 13th August from 9:15 in the school.

There will be staff on hand to answer any questions you may have. There will be information on viewing your scripts online and the CAO.

 

Graduation Evening

On the 24th May 2019, Collinstown Park Community College said a heartfelt goodbye to the Class of 2019. During the ceremony the Year Heads, Ms Matthews and Ms Kirwan, spoke about how the group  developed over the six years into the wonderful people we have today.

There were tears, hugs and awards go leor. A special mention to our award winners: Students of the Year: Brandon Vickery, Jason McCarthy, Nicole O’Brien, Chantelle Brogan and our Ambassador Cian Kennedy.

The Staff of Collinstown Park Community College would like to wish the group the very best of luck in their exams.  More photos to follow!

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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.

OPEN DAY TUESDAY 11TH JUNE 10:30 – 2:30

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

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

CLICK HERE TO FIND MORE DETAILS OF THE COURSES

 

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 the 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.

 

Where To Next For Irish Football? – Kyle Grant

For the Irish football fan the Irish ‘Golden Generation’ is well and truly gone. Major internationals such as Robbie Keane, Glenn Whelan, Damien Duff and John O’Shea are either retired or on the verge of retiring. We were dealt more bad luck recently as Declan Rice, the West Ham superstar, declared England as the country he will represent at international level.

The only hope for our country is the youngsters that are up and coming in the ranks of Premier League clubs. Players such as Troy Parrot (17, Tottenham), Michael Obafemi (18, Southampton), Conor Coventry (18, West Ham) and Lee O’Connor (18, Man United) are players that we hope will spark a turnover in our national team’s fortunes. But are we too dependent on Premier League clubs? After all, there is only a handful of top players playing at this level. Seamus Coleman, Jeff Hendrick and Matt Doherty are playing consistently at first-team level in England’s highest league, but who else can we say is Irish and plays at the top level?

At this point, it is time that Irish youngsters look beyond the English leagues – statistically when a young player goes to England to play football they are destined to fail. Only a very small percentage of Irish teenagers that go to England end up earning a professional contract and getting ‘sent home’ is a massive confidence drop for teenagers. It can lead to many things such as depression and quitting football entirely as they think they are ‘not good enough’. This is why I think teenagers should look beyond England for a career in football. Places such as Holland, Belgium and even the Scandinavian countries have very professional football leagues. Leagues such as these, away from the spotlight, would be perfect for Irish teenagers as it would give them time to grow not just as a player but as a  person.

What about the game in our own country?  Irish football will not improve until a huge investment gets put into the League of Ireland. At the moment the League is barely semi-professional, most Irish football supporters don’t even support the LOI as the product is inferior to the English leagues. The quality of football is so poor that only finals and big title games are shown on TV. This coupled with controversy over former C.E.O. John Delaney and other financial irregularities mean the product is not very attractive.

The average salary of a League of Ireland player is €16,000 a year or €400 a week before tax over a forty-week season. The average salary of a League Two player in England is about €58,000 when converted from pounds. The average salary of a player in the fourth tier of English football is almost quadruple the average of the League of Ireland. This highlights the gap in earnings and quality between the two leagues.

As a football fan, I would love to support a League of Ireland team as I would be able to go watch them play every week. However, the quality on offer just does not compare to any of the English leagues, even the fourth tier in English football is head and shoulders above the Irish league. We need to invest in our league and through this process, our national team will thrive once again.