New Student Council for 2017-2018 elected

On Thursday 12th October elections were held to elect this year representatives to the Student Council.  The elections were run by Ms Campbell’s CSPE class and the whole operation ran very smoothly.

Students organised the elections, nominations, ballot papers, the voting process and the count themselves, with teachers overseeing the event. In several year groups the count was very close going on to a fifth and sixth count before the eventual winners were declared.

The results:

Fifth Year Shannon Ryan Caitlin Duffy Tyrone Kearns
Fourth Year Josh McDonagh Zoe Clarke Daniel Donnelly
Third Year Colm Shinners Amy Emmett Abbie Brennan
Second Year Nathan Brogan Carly Doyle Katelyn Hillary







Student of the Month September

Congratulations to the following students who were winners.

This month we have a second award as well; the Academic award.  This is for the student who scored the highest marks in the summer exams.

The winners were:

Sixth Year

Students of the Month: Chloe Bailey and Michaela Higgins

Academic awards: Shannon Murphy and Lauren Chrystal

Fifth Year

Students of the Month: Jamie Lambert and Chloe Cooke

Academic Award: Nicole O’Brien

Fourth Year

Student of the Month: Sinéad Brennan

Academic Awards: Zohara Sharif and Jamie Kelly

Third Year

Students of the Month: Eric McMahon and Abbie Brennan

Academic Awards: Amy Emmett and Tori Gavagan Doyle

Second Year

Students of the Month: Emma Nangle and Aaron Wilson

Academic Awards: Jonathon Peppard and Chloe Plunkett

First Year

Students of the Month: Chelsea Kavanagh and Eric Behan


Photos of many of the winners are on the school Facebook page

Well done to all those who were nominated.  Keep doing your best. You never know; next month it could be YOU!


Basketball team wins but defeat for U-19’s football

U-16 Boys Basketball Collinstown Park Community College v Celbridge CC.

The school basketball u-16’s team continued to impress with their recent form. The first quarter was something off a MVP performance from Anthony Emmett with him bucketing 6 points. The hosts started the second quarter as leaders. CPCC dominated the second quarter and had the majority of the ball and punished the visitors with some clinical buckets from Conor Nolan and Kyria Tembe which brought the score line to 20-12 in favour of CPCC. The third quarter produced an excellent and exciting individual performance from Dylan Downey who brought his points tally to eight. CPCC led 36-21 going into the last quarter and finished victorious with a 40-23 convincing win for the home team.


MVP/Man of the Match: Dylan Downey




School football is back!

 Our U-19s School boy’s football team kicked of their campaign on Thursday the 5th with a cup game and Mr. Lanigan’s first match in charge. The opponents were Old Bawn CS from Tallaght. The game kicked off at 10:30am in our home pitch inside our school grounds.

The formation set out for the home side was a 3-4-3 formation, Antonio Conte esque. CPCC had the upper hand in the first moments of the game. Old Bawn against the run of play forced CPCC shot stopper David Ward into a save early. CPCC should have taken the lead and capitalised on an Old Bawn defensive error but Matthew Reynolds failed to do so as he had his effort cleared off the line.

There was nothing to split the sides after 15 mins. Shelbourne’s Kian Delaney began to cause our opponents hassle down the right hand side and earned a free kick, which Cian McGovern took and it agonisingly rolled passed the post.

The traveling side took a lead through our defence’s moment of hesitation when the CPCC back line stopped and anticipated it was offside, unfortunately for them Old Bawn’s No.8 slotted home and split the teams. But CPCC didn’t learn from the previous goal and just before half time the No.8 scored his second of the match.This forced the gaffer into changes and a change of formation.

Half time score 0-2

The second period started and finally the host’s CPCC got out of first gear. Early on Reynolds broke and was too generous in the final third and the chance went abegging. The Collinstown front 3 are blessed with pace but never used it correctly and the away side abruptly broke and won a corner which was sloppily dealt with and the third goal slowly trickled in. The No.8 off Old Bawn was a force to be reckoned with and ultimately bagged his hat-trick before full time.

It was a bad day at the office for the home team. After the game there were some positive comments from the manager Mr. Lanigan, “the boys were unlucky today, we had a couple of good chances at 0-0 if one had of gone in, it would have been a whole different game”. He also mentioned how they were missing many key players to injury.




T.Y Reporter: Josh McDonagh


Trim Castle Second year trip

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Student Council Election

3N are organising the student council election this year.  The election will be held on the 12th of October.  On the 5th of October, during extended reg, every class will nominate 2 students to stand for election. The election is open to 2nd – 5th Year groups. Three students from each year group will be elected.




T.Y Press Round Up

Welcome to Collinstown Park Community College’s first Transition Year press round up. Every two weeks students from the T.Y. Press class will report on goings on in and around CPCC. We would like to thank all the students and teachers who allowed us to report on the following events.

Junior Cert results Day

On the 14th of September all Transition Year students were given their Junior Cert results. Everyone was called up to the assembly hall and given their results one by one. Each student was brought outside once they collected their results. A crowd of students were outside the school opening up their results and showing off how well they did to their friends and to their teachers.

Some people left once they opened their results but some stayed and got their pictures taken for the school website. Transition Year students didn’t have to come in for the second half of the day as they were allowed off so they could celebrate how well they did.

-Luke Nolan




Ploughing Championships

Last week on the 19th of September 2017 the Collinstown Park Community College Horticulture class went on a day trip to the Ploughing Championship in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.


The trip was full of little and big stalls selling their products. After speaking to a few of the Transition Year students, the majority of them enjoyed the walking around looking at all the stalls the most. Also by the look on Ms. Kinsella’s face you could tell she had a great day. She also added ‘It was so brilliant, I am going to bring my husband and son next year’.

The day was full of excitement with people from all over Ireland coming to take part in the competition. There was easily over 100,000 people at the event.


-Jamie Whelan, Evan Whelan and Josh McDonagh.





On Wednesday the 20th of September 2017, the Transition Year students were called to the school hall. The reason for this was a drama module that only a select few students from each school get to participate in. For the first 40 minutes, Veronica from the organisation (Tenderfoot) gave an introduction speech. She explained all of the key aspects of the program and why it was such a fun module to do while in TY. Veronica outlined all of the jobs that the students could take part in such as stage management, lighting and sound, costume design,script writing and acting. It was a very interesting talk and I stayed for the second part, along with Chloe Kerr and Rebecca Byrne.


At the end of Veronica’s introductory speech, we were introduced to David who worked as an actor at Tenderfoot. David went on to explain that this was a very prestigious opportunity and how it would be a lot of fun to participate in the module. For the second forty minutes we played a team building game, where David performed an action and we repeated it. Everyone was quite shy and not very enthusiastic at the start, but as time went on everyone started to enjoy it more and more until it was a group of 15-16 year oldstudents all having a great time performing a bit of drama.


At the end only a handful of students were picked to participate in the module. 48-50 students from many different schools are allowed to take part altogether and you have to fill out an application form. Some of the students who were chosen for Tenderfoot included Grace Doyle (McCormack), Lee McDonagh, Chloe O’ Flaherty and myself.


I’m very excited to take part of the program and I can’t wait until it starts in early January.

-Nicole Grey




U2 Music Generation

The U2 backed Music Generation registration took place last week, Thursday the 21st of September. The U2 Music Generation offers very competitive prices and helps young people from ages 4-18 to receive music education in areas such as guitar, singing, violin, piano and many more exciting aspects of music. The turnout for the registration was quite good and we hope the participants enjoy this course!

-Josh McDermott






Youtube video launch of Inspiring the Future Ireland event

The video of Transition Year students participating in an Inspiring the Future Ireland Career Speed Networking event with volunteers from Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Google and Takeda
This Youtube video can accessed by clicking here
Photos of the event can be accessed on the school’s Facebook page
 This is a new initiative connecting schools with volunteers from the world of work launched by South Dublin County Partnership.  Research shows that a young person who has four or more encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed.
Inspiring the Future has been launched in Ireland  by South Dublin County Partnership with support from Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Google.
The inaugural Inspiring the Future Ireland ˜Career Speed Networking™” event took place today in Collinstown Park Community College in Clondalkin, the first school in Ireland to avail of this new initiative.
Volunteers from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Google and Takeda Pharmaceutical were present at the event. Inspiring the Future is a free and easy way for thousands of schools and volunteers from the world of work to connect. The project aims to address the greatest barriers to young people, particularly the most disadvantaged, to securing successful and fulfilling lives and careers.

According to the OECD Report, ‘Society at a Glance 2016’, the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) in Ireland stands at 19.7%.  Inspiring the Future aims to address this by exposing young people to the world of work through career speed networking sessions, careers fairs, CV workshops, mock interviews, work experience placements and one-to-one mentoring.


Open Night for Parents

On Thursday evening the 14th September, Collinstown Park CC invited Parents and Guardians of sixth pupils of St Peter Apostle and St Mary’s National Schools to an Open Evening with a twist. The Parents got a chance to return to the classroom for one night only. They were led in their classroom activities by students of Collinstown Park CC. Great fun and learning was had by all.