On Monday 11th March, Gavin Lawlor visited the school and met with the NFTE finalists: Eric McMahon, Killian Kinsella and Elana Desmond.
Gavin gave an insightful talk on his journey to date with the Irish Fairy Door Company and his latest inventions at Innov8academy. Students received some sound advice on their business plans and pitches for the Regional Finals on Wednesday 13th March.
We wish them and their teacher/mentor Ms Jones the best of luck.
On the 6th of March TY students went to Dublin Zoo. We got the bus at 9:30 and got there at 10:00. We were allowed look around the zoo on our own until 11:15 and then we had to go to the centre where we were given different tasks to do.
The tasks we were given were about the environment and recycling. The girl who was talking to us was called Fiona, she was really nice. She gave us packages and we had to find different symbols such as RSPO. She gave us out envelops with pictures in them that we had to arrange from the worst to best for the environment. Some of the pictures we got were of deforestation, cows, plastic bottles, camping and pollution. She also gave us pictures that we had to arrange showing the process that our phones go through in order to get to our hands. We all enjoyed this talk and the activities and learning about the effects we have on the world.
After that we were given a tour around the zoo. She told us about the orangutans and their habitat. She told us that when they show their teeth that means that they are afraid or are about to be aggressive. To keep their habitat the same as it would be in the wild they make the orangutans solve puzzles to get their food, this helps to keep their physical and mental health up.
Next we were allowed go for food in the Meerkat restaurant where we could buy food or eat the packed lunch if brought. While you were eating you could watch the meerkats. We left the zoo at 2:00 and arrived home on the bus at 2:30. All round, the TY students thought this experience was very good and educational.
Finishing second in our group set up a final showdown with Oatlands. The venue was Stella Maris all weather pitch on Wednesday 27th February. Despite the sunny weather and the perfect pitch, the boys started slowly, allowing Oatlands to control the opening period of the game. Fortunately, this lethargic start did not prove costly as we gradually grew into the game. The first half was a scrappy affair in which neither side managed to create any clear goal scoring opportunities. It was in the second half when the game came to life.
Oatlands started brightly, hitting the post with a strike from outside the box. We responded well, creating chances of our own and with ten minutes to go managed to find a breakthrough. A free kick was awarded mid-way inside the Oatlands half. The ball was crossed into the box and they struggled clear it away. After a flurry of tackles and scuffed clearances the ball broke to Morgan Callaghan and he calmly tucked it into the bottom corner of the net. It was a finish that a striker would be proud of never mind a centre half. Ecstatic celebrations followed. As the minutes began to slip away Oatlands pushed forward, creating some good chances. With only a couple of minutes to go they were awarded a penalty which was finished with conviction. This meant extra time.
We came out strong in the first half of extra time. Tadgh McDonagh was moved to a more attacking role as he began to heavily influence the game. He was also aided by strong performances from Ryan Carey and Taylor Jones. It was in this period where we dominated, creating numerous goal scoring opportunities but failing to capitalise on them. The second half of extra time continued in the same vein, but Oatlands also looked dangerous on the counter attack and it was one of these attacks that proved our undoing. A quick counter left our defence exposed as the Oatlands forward burst into the box. Aaron McDade came across to make a tackle and there appeared to be little contact with the player but the referee deemed it a foul and awarded Oatlands their second penalty. Like the first penalty, it was finished with conviction.
With only a few minutes to go we committed everything to attack which led to some frantic moments in the Oatlands box. In the dying seconds of the match we had a penalty claim turned down as it appeared that Morgan was taken down by one of the Oatlands defenders. It was a cruel end to a fiercely contested match.
On Friday 15th February, students from TY and 1E tutor class took part in workshops on climate change and sustainability as part of our Energy Efficiency Education Programme. Our school is working with Microsoft, SSE Airtricity and SEAI to create awareness around the importance of energy conservation in our community. The workshops were delivered by SEAI, and various guests from Microsoft, SSE Airtricity and SEAI attended.
Students worked together to evaluate how our everyday activities can have a global environmental impact, and examined how the development of renewable energy solutions could meet our energy needs in a more sustainable fashion.
On Thursday, 28th February, Mr Cassidy, Ms Courtney and the students from 3S visited Leinster House as part of their CSPE action project. The students sat in the Dáil gallery and watched discussions and votes by the TDs present.
They then visited the Seanad chamber and were given information about the Houses of the Oireachtas and some interesting historical information.
Before they departed students met local Fianna Fáil TD, John Curran, for a chat and had refreshments provided for them in the Dáil bar.
Once again the choir from Collinstown Park, conducted by Ms McHugh, featured in the annual Emmanuel concerts in the Helix. On Tuesday 26th February students had the day practising with students from other schools for a grand concert in the evening in the Helix Theatre. It was a day full of hard work but very enjoyable.
On Thursday 14th of February, the TY Enterprise class presented their business plans to a panel of three judges. The panel was made up of Debbie & Julie from Rowlagh Credit Union and Lisa Rowntree from Ace Enterprise Centre.
Each enterprise presented their business plan and presented their product to the dragons. The judges were impressed with such high standard businesses and gave great advice for continuing their business in the future. The judges had a difficult task choosing overall winners, but they all agreed that KED Stress ball Company (Killian Kinsella, Eric McMahon & Dylan Downey won best business plan and Creation Aprons – custom made aprons (Elana Desmond) won most innovative idea.
Both companies will go on to the next stage of the Foróige NFTE competition and represent CPCC in the regional finals in March.
Transition Year students enjoyed a sight and taste sensation today at Butlers chocolate factory. They then decorated their very own Valentine hearts. There was lots of chocolate and fun had by everyone in attendance.