Gospel Choir Carol Service

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.

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Fighting Words Update

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.

Mr. Dowling









Winter Wonderland

Collinstown’s Winter Wonderland is in its seventh year and every year gets better and better.

This year it took place on 7-9th December. Masterminded by John Whelan and Ms McHugh ably abetted by Transition year students and Sports Hall staff, they put on a wonderful spectacular for hundreds of visitors.  We had students from the two primary schools as well as children of our Adult students.  The Transition year Elves did an outstanding job, helping the children on their way to visit Santa, through the face-painting and play zone to Santa’s grotto and the Magic Sleighride.

Below are some pictures arranged into Visiting Groups, Elves at work and Santa at work and finally some small groups.

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Profitable Trade Fair

On Wednesday 7th December the Enterprise Club held a very successful Trade Fair.  Many of the businesses sold out.  Among the products offered were:

Stress balls         tradefair stress balls


Reward charts            trade fair reward chart

Cakes (delicious) and competitionstrade fair cake and fundraising







Cake mixture and Hot Chocolate mixture (with instructions)

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And of course, given the season, Reindeer Food

tradefair 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.


Table Quiz for Adult students

On Thursday 1st December Adult students had the opportunity to take part in a table quiz.  There was representation from nearly all the courses.  The quiz focussed on the senses and there were visual, taste and smell rounds. It was a very enjoyable morning for all involved.  The winning team were from the Business Administration course, pictured here having a cup of tea with their prizes.






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Transition Year students celebrate the benefits of further education, as part of College Awareness Week 2016.

Transition Year students celebrated College Awareness Week by taking part in various events throughout the week. They created College ID cards and investigated their future careers. Students also got to look at college and PLC prospectus. Two UCD students visited the school and spoke to some of the students.

The school was delighted to be part of a nationwide campaign to promote the importance of post-secondary education. There are lots of options out there and College Awareness Week encourages people of all ages to consider further education to be part of their future.

College Awareness Week aims to inspire and inform all students about the importance of having a post-secondary education plan. It advocates for students to have the choice to pursue the course best suited to their interests, abilities and future plans, whether that is a PLC qualification, an apprenticeship or a university degree.

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