On Thursday evening 17th November 2016 well over 100 students turned up to collect their QQI Certificates and formally graduate from the school. They were formally congratulated by the Head of Adult Education Enda Kenny and the Principal Pauline Duffy. One of our Nursing Graduates Marc O’Reilly gave an address on behalf of the students, thanking on the students’ behalf, the tutors, management and in particular their families for all their support and help over the year. Kathleen Campbell co-ordinated the event and laid on refreshments for the graduates and their families in the school afterwards. The Refreshments were very kindly provided by Glanmore Foods, suppliers to the school.
Formal pictures of the groups are also in the Adult Education section of the website in the Gallery section.
On Friday 11th November some Fifth Year students went on a geography field trip to Arigna Mines in Roscommon with their Geography Teachers Mr Cassidy and Ms McVeigh, and their Year Head Ms McNamee. Students got to see the clothes they wore, some of the tools they used and some pictures from the past. They then met their tour guide. Some of the tour guides are former employees of the mine which closed in 1990. He showed the students the stalactites and stalagmites. He also showed them the tunnels they had to work in and the carts they used to transport the coal out of the mines. Nearing the end of the tour he showed the students what it was like when there was an explosion and how dark it was. The conditions were terrible. The men had to work in darkness, dampness and in wetness. The field study was to help the students understand human interaction with the rock cycle.
On Wednesday morning 9th November students had the opportunity to abandon classes and have time to get to know their fellow students taking part in some different activities.
Some students took a tour of Farmleigh House before joining up with the other group for a picnic in the November air.
The other group took part in a scavenger hunt with a difference. They had to find various landmarks in the park and take a photo of their group with the landmark, as well as finding some bonus pictures, such as you can see, with a dog, Irish language sign, with a bicycle and a flower. The weather held and they joined the Farmleigh group afterwards for a picnic in the Pope’s Cross car park.
Coming soon: The Quiz………
Some pictures below:
All the scavengers
The Dog Pond
Please can we take a photo of your bicycle
Fógra as gaeilge
Counting the points
On Wednesday the 19th of October 3O participated in the Sky Sports for Living Program. Irish Champion and European Silver medallist Brian Grehan who is an ambassador for the program visited our school. He introduced himself to the students and told them what it was like for him when he was at school, juggling both his studies and his love for sport. He then played some fun games which the students really enjoyed. I am happy to say Brian will be back in a few weeks to complete the program.
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.