Microsoft Award For Excellence Winners Trip To Base & GoQuest

On Monday 10th December the winners got their prize.

Eighty First and Second Year students went to Base Entertainment Centre, where they played bowling and laser tag. Students showed their competitive edge by working hard in teams to win.

Eighty-six Third to Sixth Year students went to GoQuest. Students completed various physical and mental challenges throughout the twenty-eight challenge rooms. Students worked in teams of five to perform each challenge. Sixth Year students (Tyrone Kearns, Craig Devitt, Dean Moran, Lee Barrett and Cian Kennedy) won overall first place.

Well done to all Microsoft Award for Excellence winners.

Next drive will begin on January 14th 2019.



TY Students Visit National Gallery And National Museum

On the 5th of November Transition Year students visited the National Gallery of Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland. Students came to school at the normal time, we left on the bus at around half nine excited for the day ahead!

First on the agenda was the National Gallery. Once we arrived at the Gallery’s lobby, a tour guide came and began giving us a tour of the gallery. She brought us to the courtyard where we were shown a sculpture and a massive painting on one of the walls of the courtyard. Next we saw Caravaggio’s most famous painting, ‘The Taking of Christ’, she told us the history of the painting and of Caravaggio himself. We were then shown a few more paintings and a sculpture in the gallery. We learned a lot about the history of some art pieces in the gallery.

The National Museum of Ireland is located only a short walk from the Gallery. Inside there are two floors for visitors to explore. This time we were not accompanied by a tour guide, we were free to explore on our own. We split into two groups, one stayed downstairs while the other went upstairs. We saw different types of sea creatures, birds, insects and large mammals. Everyone was surprised at how large and realistic looking some of the animals are. We even saw a massive basking shark and the evolution of the human skeleton!

After we were finished looking around the museum we had some free time to get food. Most people went to the food court in Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre. We had a lot of time to spend looking around Grafton Street and in the Centre. Students and teachers all met up at around two o clock to get the bus home. Everyone was tired from our fun day out!

If anyone is interested in going to the National Gallery of Art or the National Museum of Ireland, entry is free to both places and they promise an interesting day out.

Hannah Ingram (TY Press)



Further Education Students Table Quiz

The annual FE student table quiz was held on Wednesday 5th December.  It was a very enjoyable morning for all the students involved and their tutors.  Students got the opportunity to join with others from different courses.  The Smell and Taste rounds added an exotic element to the quiz.


Eventual winners were one of the groups from the Healthcare courses (pictured below).


My Work Experience Journey

When I grow up, I want to follow in my father’s footsteps and drive a truck. The Transition Year Work Experience programme in Collinstown Park has given me the opportunity to sample what life would be like in the career I, at this moment, have chosen.

My older brother is already working as a truck driver, he started driving four years ago. My dad is in this career much longer, he followed in his father’s footsteps by driving trucks. It is a career that has been going through the family for about four generations now so I wouldn’t want to be the only one who doesn’t drive trucks.

The other reason I want to follow this tradition is because I want to have a stable income and to have a good life when I’m older. With the stable income I want to have a nice house and a nice car as well. With this type of job you have the option to go abroad and get paid for doing it. When he is doing a foreign job my father collects the truck in Swords and drives to Dublin Port. From there he goes to Calais and then south west if heading for Spain and Portugal. He takes the road for Amsterdam and Holland if heading for northern Europe, by taking those roads you can drive up to Sweden and Norway too. If he is delivering in Norway he will more than likely be out for more than two weeks and if he’s going to Spain he will be gone for about a week.

All of this appeals to me, I like going on journeys. I like visiting new places, eating new foods and tasting new cultures. In 2013, when I was eleven, my father took me on a trip with him to southern Spain. This journey made me want to follow in his footsteps.

This is why I chose truck deliveries for my Work Experience. I do work experience once a week for about nine hours every Wednesday. I work with my brother, this usually involves collecting a truck and delivery from Grange Castle at four o’clock in the morning. We then head in the direction of Galway and deliver goods such as fridge foods to Spar, Mace and Value Centre. It takes us about an hour and a half to two hours to get there, then it takes us about three hours to drive around Galway and deliver all the goods. The place we deliver most to is around Ballinasloe which is a big town on the eastern side of Galway.

I would recommend people choosing a Work Experience that excites them and they are interested in doing in the future. This Transition Year option has really cemented the fact that this is a career that excites me and I will pursue when I finish school.

Carl Kane – TY Press


Hour Of Code

For the first time, on Monday 3rd December, Collinstown students joined in the worldwide Hour of Code experience.  Students from First and Second Year started off with an exercise using the BBC Microbits and then progressed onto various coding exercises using their choice game of Minecraft.  The session was watched over by Ms Healy ably abetted by Mr Behan.  The First Year head, Ms McNamee, and the Principal Ms Duffy came along to show their support.  Students found the hour too short but were promised by Ms Healy that there would be many  more opportunities.

Any student interested in joining the after-school Coding Club should talk to Ms Healy, Mr Behan or Mr Doolin.



Sixth Year Career Fair

On Thursday 29th November, the Sixth Years visited the More Options Educaation Fair held at Tallaght Basketball Arena. They had an opportunity to discuss different educational options with many different higher and further education institutions.

Thanks to Ms Daly for organising the very enjoyable trip.


Tenderfoot – Taking Students To The Stage

We, the Transition Year students of Collinstown Community College have a lot going on to keep us busy. This year we’ve gone on a whole range of trips and different programmes. Just last week there was a trip to Donadea Forest and this week a visit to The Laughter Lounge. There are a whole range of different programmes to get involved in such as Gaisce (The President’s Award), Press, Inklinks and Jigsaw. This brings us to Tenderfoot.

So what is Tenderfoot, and is it any different to the other programmes? Well yes and no.

Just like all the other programmes Transition Year students will do this year – Tenderfoot opens up a large channel to communicate and work with other pupils from different schools. It is a big commitment (just like the other programmes) and it is about taking us out of our comfort zone (just as many trips and workshops this year have proven to do so). However, at its core, it’s something entirely different.

Tenderfoot is a theatre programme aimed at Transition Year students located at The Civic Theatre in Tallaght. In my group there were about fifty different students from schools around Tallaght and Clondalkin. Eighteen of us are writers (including me) and the rest are broken up into Actors, Lighting and Sound Crew, Stage Management, Costume Design and Camera Crew.

An introduction to the programme comes by way of Veronica Coburn, the programme director – an award winning writer (World Gold Medal) and a playwright herself (Irish Playwrights Guild). I remember the first interaction we all had with her and it was hilarious. It was quite funny to see all of us, now seniors, jump up and mime actions like we were in First Year again. Even those who had no real interest in taking part in Tenderfoot came away with wide grins and smiles. Then the application forms were handed out and, hesitantly, I applied for a place in writing. Thankfully I did, because I would’ve been missing out on a great opportunity to make friends, grow and learn the inner workings of theatre.

Every morning we have to arrive at The Civic Theatre at 10.00 am. We then do a session broken into two parts up until 4 pm. This includes having talks with our mentors. Speaking of mentors, it definitely consists of people who know their stuff. Davey Kelleher has worked as a freelance director and producer across London and Dublin and is an associate director of Quite Nice Theatre. Gavin Kostick has won a number of awards himself (Irish Times Theatre, The Stewart Parker Trust). He is also the Literary Officer of Fishamble Theatre Company and works with new writers to produce fresh new work; and this is only naming a few!

On the first day all fifty of us gathered in the theatre and talked about the plays and how it would work. The plan is that the student writer will be working with the writers, Gavin, Davey and Veronica from October up until November. Four or five plays may be chosen for production, and then TY students from the different schools partaking in the programme will be invited to come and watch the finished plays.

I think the great thing about Tenderfoot is that no one is left behind. Oh, you’re not an actor – that’s fine! You could be a writer and maybe explore costume design. You might not be good at any of those things either, that’s still ok – you could take part behind the scenes too. Stage Management, Sound and Lights. There’s something for everyone to try!

Being a part of Tenderfoot means being part of a non-judgemental atmosphere. Every morning we partake in different exercises that leave us all looking very funny and that’s ok, we can have a laugh together.

There’s a very important message though, that Tenderfoot really drives home: Teamwork. The exercises we do and games we play- are all in an effort to build our teamwork. “Theatre is all about teamwork. It needs to work as a unit to be successful.” The lights, the sound, the actors and the writers – everyone, from crew to cast all have to put in the same amount of work to pull off a successful play.

This quote is not only true to Tenderfoot but also to what is yet to come in the future. It is a perfect fit for the Transition Year module because of that.

I’ve learned so many new things about theatre and playwriting, I’ve also made some great new friends and I’m still not done yet. The plays are soon to be picked and I have no doubt that it will be a big event!

Victory Luke – TY Press




Irish Oral Workshop

A workshop on the Leaving Cert Irish oral was held last Friday in the library. It was run by a performance group called Caith Amach É. Fifth and Sixth Year students thoroughly enjoyed the performance and even got involved themselves. It wasn’t all fun however as students also had to use what they learned in the show and practise their own oral Irish. Students found the workshop really beneficial and Fifth Years are looking forward to taking part again next year.

Thanks to Ms Clarke and Ms Lawless for organising the event.



On Thursday 22nd November Transition Year students went to the Zeminar exhibition at the RDS in Ballsbridge. Zeminar is an event promoting positive mental health. The students enjoyed themselves taking part in some boxing, basketball and even taking to the stage and singing. A great day was had by all.


Fifth Year Motivation Seminar

The Fifth Year Leaving Certificate students at Collinstown Park Community College took part in the “Rayse the Game” study skills and motivation seminar with the presenter Ray Langan on Thursday last. The session focused on helping the students understand how their brain works, what type of learners they are and what type of study strategies might suit their learning style. Additional to this they were introduced to a new approach to studying based on study grids that showed them how to break topics into at most nine separate areas. The session also included some motivational and goal setting elements that should prepare the students for a successful run-up to their in-house and state examinations.

Well done to all who participated and to Mr O’Malley who organised the event.