TYs Water experiments with First year students

As part of the school’s Green Flag program  water experiments were conducted by Transition Year students.  Their findings were collated by the students.  These Fourth year students then presented the experiments to our First year students. The First years learned about Pollution and Climate Change in a fun interactive way. Well done to all.



Collinstown Sports Day Is A Great Success

On Tuesday afternoon, Collinstown held its annual Sports Day. Students ac cross every year group took part in a range of activities, ably assisted by the helpful teacher who were on duty.

Students got to take part in penalties, bubble football, tug of war, high jump, long jump and a range of different inflatables. An ice-cream van was on hand for those who needed to cool down with a ’99.

Thanks to Ms Rooney and Mr Higgins for organising a great day for all involved. A special thanks to the teachers who also made it all possible.


1916 Politics Trip

On the 27th of March, Collinstown Park’s Transition Year politics class went on the 1916 Rise of the Rebels Bus Tour around Dublin City and afterwards they went to Collins Barracks. Transition Years left the school at around 9am. They arrived in town at about 10am where they were then shown a shortcut through Trinity College by Mr Nea (a former student of Trinity College) to where the bus tour starts.

When the bus arrived the students were funneled on to the top level. The actors quickly revealed themselves and the show began. Each actor took the roles of witnesses from the rising and acted out their point of view on the Rising. They stopped at different places around town such as The GPO, Dublin Castle and Moore Street. At each stop the students were told why that place was important. The GPO was important because it was the headquarters of the rebels who took part in the Easter Rising of 1916. Moore Street was important because Irish rebels ran to the street to hide but they ended up getting shot at by their own men from inside the then named “White House”. After all the stops, the tour ended at the Abercrombie and Fitch store on College Green. This store had no significance on the 1916 rising, but instead was just a convenient location to disembark the bus!

The students, finally, had some free time to get lunch. Afterwards, everyone met up for the bus outside Trinity College. The bus brought them to Collins Barracks where they were brought around the museum by Mr Nea and a tour guide. They then had time to look around the museum. There were objects from the Rising such as: letters from the Easter Rising’s leaders, uniforms, old weapons and old rations. They were told about the families from the 1916 Rising. Afterwards, they visited a room that had a large map of Dublin in 1916. Places beyond Inchicore didn’t exist and were all farmland – including Clondalkin.

Everybody enjoyed the trip immensely and gained a lot of knowledge on the Rising that they did not have before. Particular thanks must go to Mr Nea who organised the trip and was a valuable source of information, throughout the trip.

By Rokas Galinauskas, Ciara Delaney and Hannah Ingram.



Sixth Years Visit Jump Zone

On Tuesday the 9th of April the Sixth Year students visited Jump Zone in Santry. This marked the last school trip for this group.  Great fun and excitement was had by all.

Ms Kirwan, Ms Matthews, Ms Scully, Ms Tobin, Ms Clarke and Mr Dowling accompanied their tutor groups and had fun taking part. Afterwards everyone had pizza and orange to replenish their energy supplies after an energy-sapping three hours of activity.

Thanks to Jessica Smith who was our camera operator for the day.


Phoenix Park Cycling Tour

On the 3rd of March, a group of TY students rented out bikes and cycled around the Phoenix Park to go sightseeing. We left for the Phoenix Park at 9am and got there at 9.20. When we reached the Phoenix Park we were all given a Hi-Vis jacket, a helmet and our bike.

After that, when everyone was ready, we took off on our cycle. Our first destination was the Wellington Monument, which was not that far of a cycle. Ms Scully was our tour guide for the day, so when we got to the monument she told us some very interesting facts like how it was built to commemorate the first Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley.

Our next destination was The Papal Cross, which was quite a long cycle. The Papal Cross is located on a large hill which has stairs up the side so you can visit the cross. Unfortunately we did not get to go up to the cross as there was construction going on. Ms Scully then told us facts about the Papal Cross as well, it was built to commemorate Pope John Paul II’s visit to Ireland in 1979.

Our third and final destination was the Ashtown Castle and Demesne. The cycle to get there was by far the hardest because it was raining and very winding making it difficult to cycle. When we got there, it was worth it because the castle and gardens were beautiful. Everyone loved this place the most because there was a restaurant and benches and the rain had stopped so we could all just sit down for a short while.

Finally, we cycled our bikes back to the bike rental, gave our bikes back and got the bus home at two. Overall, I think everyone found the cycle very good and a more pleasant day out than first anticipated.

Keith Carass- TY Press


You’ve Been Mugged!

Well done to Ms Healy who was nominated by a fellow colleague for going above and beyond for her students this week. Enjoy your cuppa and your chocolates Ms Healy!
Presented by Adam Whelan 1N, Charlie O’Brien 1H and Millie Byrne 1H on behalf of the Iceberg Club.


The Reality of Homelessness in Ireland – Ciara Delaney

According to Peter McVerry Trust, there were 9,968 people homeless in Ireland in November of 2018. 3,811 children were recorded to be living in State-funded emergency accommodation that month which is eighty-six more than October. Homelessness is increasing in Ireland every day. 110 people were recorded sleeping rough on the night of the official rough sleeper count in spring of 2018.

People become homeless for a variety of reasons. Some people are homeless because they were born on the streets, some are homeless because they lost their home and all their money and some people are homeless because they have drug or alcohol addictions. There is no simple reason for homelessness, but there can be a solution. There needs to be more beds in emergency accommodation and these centres need to be safer and made to make people feel more welcome. Some people would rather sleep on the streets than stay in emergency accommodation because according to a series of anecdotes these centres are not safe. On one occasion there was an eighteen-year-old who was placed in a room with people who were doing drugs right beside him. How can the government expect people to feel safe staying in emergency accommodation if things like this are happening?

The government are dealing with this problem by putting people in hotels for the moment. However, this is not a long-term solution. The government should be trying to build more houses and buildings for the homeless to stay in. More funding should go towards feeding the homeless and making sure they have basic human needs. The government should take homelessness a lot more seriously and they should fix this problem before it gets any worse.

There are many charities that help the homeless by providing shelters and food for them, but they still need more funding than they are getting. Some of these charities are The Peter McVerry Trust, Threshold and Focus Ireland. All of these charities help homelessness all over Ireland.

Homelessness can affect people’s lives in many different ways, for children it can affect their lives in school. Pre-schoolers are normally separated from their parents with can cause emotional problems. This can lead to bigger problems in the future for them. According to a report published by the Family Housing Fund entitled ‘Homelessness and its Effects on Children’, children who experience homelessness are more likely to suffer from development delays. In addition, according to the report, they receive fewer services than other children do at their age. By the time these homeless children have reached the age to go to school homelessness has already affected their social, physical and academic lives. Most homeless children suffer from specific physical, psychological and emotional damage due to episodes caused by homelessness. Homeless children also have a greater chance of becoming ill as they have poorer health care. Every human has the right to proper health care!

Homelessness can also ruin families. Financial disagreements, arguments and family breakdown are all negative effects. This can cause anxiety and depression. If someone is depressed and anxious, they are in no state to try take care of themselves and/or a family. I think to help this problem the government should offer therapy to people who really need it. Irish people can help by donating to charities as often as possible. They can also help by volunteering at shelters especially around the holidays when they are needed the most. They can also help homeless people by raising awareness around all of Ireland to make sure people know how serious this problem is and that it needs to be fixed.


Ciara Delaney – TY Press


Since September The Transition Year Journalism group has been working on a variety of different projects. They keep the website regularly updated with reports on events that are happening in Collinstown Park. 

To showcase the talent and diversity of their writing, an article will be uploaded on a weekly basis from a member of this module until May. We hope you enjoy the creative, diverse and well thought out articles the TY Press group have written.  




Transition Year Students Visit The Dáil

On Tuesday, April 2nd, the Transition Year Politics class, Mr Nea and Ms Mohan went to Dublin City Centre to visit the Dáil. The students left the school at 10am they reached their destination at 10:45am with 45 minutes to spare until It was time to go to the Dáil. So, to pass the time students and teachers walked to Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre for some food and snacks. It was a beautiful day outside for a walk and the trip to and from the Dail was very enjoyable. The students and teachers were even lucky enough to meet the Mayor of Dublin, Niall Ring.

After the Dáil we made our way up to Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre to have lunch. It was agreed to meet up at College Green to be collected and brought home.

The trip to the Dáil was a great insight into Ireland’s government and parliamentary rules. We learned the history of the Dáil and what led up to its establishment. We were walked through an upper level were the portraits of past Taoisigh were hung, and learned about some of the great leaders such as John Lemass – who shifted Ireland’s economic sources from agriculture and industrialised it. We learned lots from our tour guide, and also from Mr. Nea our Politics teacher.

The first Dáil convened from 1919 to 1921. It was established because the British Parliament gave permission for some MPs in Ireland to receive seats in the British Parliament. The Sinn Féin party won in Ireland but they refused to take their seats. Instead they set up the first Dáil in The Mansion House. The Mansion House is now home to the Lord Mayor of Dublin.

Alicia Loftus, Jessica Dunne, Victory Luke and Mckayla Costigan – TY Press



Fifth Year LCVP Visit Uniphar

On Wednesday, March 13th the Fifth Year LCVP class embarked on a tour of Uniphar in Citywest. Uniphar is a pharmaceutical wholesaler that has also just recently expanded into the field of medical devices. As part of our tour we were able to get a bird’s eye view of the stock, storage and delivery systems that the company operates to supply over 50% of the pharmacies across the country. The tour was a great opportunity for us to learn first hand how an Irish multi-national is preparing to deal with Brexit and also how the diversification of companies is a key avenue for growth in the globalized economy.


Thanks to Mr O’Malley for the report and details.


5th Year Trip - Uniphar


Energy Efficiency Evening in Collinstown Park

Join us for an interactive evening , where we  will be covering energy efficiency in the home, renewable energy generation and available supports. Representatives from SSE Airtricity, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and Microsoft will be attending and giving expert advice.

Prizes and Refreshments will be available on the night.