The Gospel choir had their annual Christmas Carol service in Neilstown Church on Tuesday 13th December which was a great success. Bringing together past and present pupils with staff members, the music was a very special and collaborative effort and its testament to the school’s involvement in the local community. It warmed the hearts of all who attended and filled them with Christmas Spirit.
Tuesday 13th December marked the last day of Fighting Words before the Christmas break for the 19 students that are part of the exciting book project. The so far untitled book will be a compilation of stories from each student and is proving to be a tremendous experience for all.
At this stage every student has the first draft of their story completed and are ready for the drafting and re-drafting stage. Sticking to a strict timetable the writers will be finished their final draft by March, after this their collection along with cover or (book jacket) will be sent to print.
As part of the last session Michael McLoughlin, MD, Penguin Random House Ireland gave a session on what happens once the final draft is sent into a publishers. The writers gained a great insight on how their book will go from a file on a USB key to a book on the shelf of a book shop. They also learned about designing the cover of the book, marketing techniques and advice for promoting the book locally and in the school.
To wrap up the last session and to celebrate Christmas, pizza and chocolate were enjoyed by all. A great combination in anyone’s book.
A big congratulations to all the students who have been working so hard up to this point every Tuesday. A thanks also must go to Jean, Roddy and the huge team of volunteers who have made this process such an enjoyable one so far.
On Wednesday 7th December the Enterprise Club held a very successful Trade Fair. Many of the businesses sold out. Among the products offered were:
Cakes (delicious) and competitions
Cake mixture and Hot Chocolate mixture (with instructions)
And of course, given the season, Reindeer Food
All students as well as Parents and Teachers were able to visit and purchase. The Enterprise Club’s next step is the South Dublin Enterprise event.
On Monday December 5th, a group of TY students took part in a workshop that involved using recycled materials to make Christmas Decorations. It was a real learning experience for all involved.
The Enterprise Club students are busy making their final preparations for the Trade Fair in school on Wednesday 7th December.
Students from Collinstown Park Community College in Clondalkin with Roddy Doyle and Michael McLoughlin, MD Penguin Random House Ireland