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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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.
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.
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.
Well done to our Fifth Year Gluais students on receiving their certificates. The students took part in a Close of Year ceremony with the other schools involved in Gluais on Monday 20th May. The students and their co-operating teacher Ms Kirwan had a great night.
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.
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.
On Tuesday 21st May the 6th year LCA Hotel, Catering and Tourism class had their practical cookery exam. Ms Beatty, their teacher, was delighted with the results and shared some of the photos of their creations.
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.