This year Transition Year students from Collinstown Park Community College are taking part in the very popular ‘Fighting Words’ project headed by Roddy Doyle in Dublin 1.
Under the guidance of a great team of volunteers students will compile a series of short stories which will be published in the New Year. This creative writing program takes place once a week on Tuesday afternoon and allows the students to be original, innovative and most importantly imaginative with their writing. The very friendly and relaxed surrounds of the Fighting Words centre has given the student freedom to express themselves in a non-pressurised setting.
The experiences that these Transition Year students will gain throughout the year are many. They will develop skills such as learning independently and working together in groups. Students will have a self-directed approach to their own learning and will have the opportunity to watch the project grow from writing the first line of their first story to the finished, bound and illustrated book of short stories.
Students from Scoil Mochua come to CPCC every Tuesday morning to work with Transition Year students. Scoil Mochua is a local school which caters for students with physical disabilities. Many students are in wheelchairs and have different ways of communicating.
5th and 6th Year Leaving Cert Art students went to “The MAC” in Belfast on Monday 10th October to see an exhibition “David Hockney – I draw, I do”. This was the first significant exhibition of Hockney’s work in Ireland to date. He celebrates his 80th birthday next year. He was an important contributor to the Pop art movement of the 1960s. He is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. The exhibition included observational drawings, early graphite portraits, “The Plunger” a work from his paper pools series and a drawing he did using the i pad. He is interested in pushing the boundaries of his practice using new technologies.
On Friday 14th October the Return to Learning group had a very enjoyable trip to Trinity College. They had a one hour guided tour of the College added to by the reminiscences of their tutor Mr Quentin Nea, a Trinity graduate. They then had the chance to see the Book of Kells and the wonderful Long Room Library. Photos below.
A group of TY students got to visit the RDS on Wednesday 12th October. They took part in workshops, heard from influential speakers like Alma Walsh and Nikki Bradley. There was also a variety of fun activities for the TY students to try out like badminton, tennis, squash etc. The idea behind the event is that students will leave the event with new knowledge to help them live happier, safer, and more fulfilling lives.
On Wednesday 5th October elections were held to select representatives of second, third, fourth and fifth year students for the Student Council.
The elections were run by 3O class as part of their CSPE action project.
Those elected were:
Second year: Amy Emmett, Jamie McCarthy and Lee Wogan
Third year: Leah Fitzpatrick, Jamie Whelan and Jamie Oliver
Fourth year: Chantelle Armstrong, Laythan Ward and Tyrone Kearns
Fifth year: Stella Nkanu, Paul Connolly and Jordan Moore
Photos below show the ballot taking place
On Thursday 6th October some of our Second Year students went on a Geography Field Trip to Mitchelstown Caves and the Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary. Everyone had a great time.
The crystallisation of calcium carbonate, a natural phenomenon.
Two wins out of two for our U 19 Team.
Coláiste Cois Life 45 V Collinstown Park CC 46
Collinstown Park CC 50 V Lucan CC 42
Ms Kirwan ‘s History Class visited Glasnevin Cemetery and the students had a great day researching about leaders from our past.
In Collinstown Park Community College we aim to keep our school litter free because we have a Green Flag. Different students take part in Litter Squad every day to help keep the corridors clean.