Congratulations to Inktober winners Chloe Kerr, Melissa Cooney, Eoin Keating and Kirsty Ryan.
Inktober is a daily drawing practice that people take part in all around the world. Each day for the month of October the students that took part received a prompt word, inspired by this prompt word participants then produced an ink drawing.
The high standard of work really stood out to all visitors to the library.
Well done to Ms Ford for organising this great initiative in our school.
The Friends Against Bullying (FAB) club organised a kindness week for our school at the end of November. The FAB club came up with the ideas of Kindness Secret Santa and pyjama day. Secret Santa was where we all picked a random name from our tutor class registration and we had to be nice to them for the whole week. However, students were reminded that there was no limit to the number of people they could be kind to!
FAB began when Ms Fox, one of the school counsellors, set it up with the school librarian, Ms Ford. Since its inception, FAB has been a nice, warm, safe environment for people to go to if they need support, if they are being bullied or if they would like to help to eliminate bullying in CPCC. FAB members are in charge of watching over students who might be having a tough time. Kindness Week was a nice way to remind ALL members of the school community to be nice to everyone. We are very proud to have students from First to Sixth Year in the school and we recently welcomed a new member: our school Chaplain, Ms Kinsella.
As a proud FAB member, I can tell you what we did in preparation for Kindness Week. We first discussed what we could do at the beginning of the week and one member came up with the Kindness Secret Santa. This is basically Secret Santa but with kindness instead of presents. Then everyone agreed we should have a pyjama day on Friday. We all made posters as well and stuck a main poster up in the hall to remind people. I got the job to go around and tell people what was happening that week. FAB asked students and staff in the school to give us a sentence about why they like CPCC. We made colourful posters displaying their answers and we have hung these around the school, hoping to brighten someone’s day and remind them to think positively. It is important to host Kindness Week because it allows people to reflect on their actions and reminds us all to treat others as we would like to be treated.
On Wednesday 18th December the FE students of the College gathered to mark the end of the first term and the Christmas holiday. There was a great supply of goodies, particularly, some students brought along some of their specialities as can be seen from the photos. The students were serenaded by Ms Kathleen Kinsella, the Chaplain, and Ms Clare Fox who sang some special carols before getting all those present to join in some of the old favourites.
We wish all our students a peaceful Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
Collinstown Park Community College and the Microsoft Datacentre projects have been linked for nearly two years. Watch these two videos via YouTube to see how the partnership developed and how our wonderful new Data Centre Academy operates.
On Monday 16th December Healthcare and Nursing students joined the Hairdressing class to learn some extra skills. They were shown by the tutor and students the various aspects of Hair Care that might be useful to them in a care setting.
Students had great fun while building up their knowledge and skills. Thanks to Emma McEvoy the Hairdressing expert and Averil Whelan from the Healthcare Department who organised this area of the course.
The Society of St Vincent De Paul provides help to thousands of families including the provision of food and food hampers. The food hampers are delivered by local volunteers to local families.
TY students, along with their Religion teacher Ms Hogan, ran the SVP Food Appeal in CPCC.
Students brought in items such as tins of fruit, tins of soup, beans, cereals, pasta, rice, tea and biscuits. We delivered the food to SVP in Clondalkin last Thursday 12th December. They were very thankful for all the donated items.
We are delighted that students in CPCC are making a difference to someone this Christmas.
The First Year boys played their second and final group game on Wednesday 11th December knowing that a win would mean topping the group.
The lads put in a great performance in their previous match against Marian College but knew they would face much tougher opposition in the defending champions Oatlands.
In cold windy conditions, the match started very slowly with both sides showing nerves. Alex O’Callaghan went close from a corner with his header grazing the top of the bar. It was as close as either side went during the first 15 minutes.
Then on the twenty-minute mark, Collinstown produced a moment of magic. There was excellent work down the left-hand side from Callum Kavanagh as he dribbled past a couple of players and chipped the ball into Derek Kavanagh who laid the ball off with a deft touch to midfielder Cian Burke for his first-time strike from 25 yards out into the top corner, what a beauty!
Oatlands dominated possession in the first half but failed to test goalkeeper Charles O’Reilly. They could not get past Collinstown’s captain Sean Cummins who was a rock at the back all game, confidently dispossessing the opposition and clearing any danger that came his way.
Collinstown had a great chance to double their lead just before the break when Derek Kavanagh found himself with space in the box but the Oatlands keeper produced a magnificent save to keep it 1-0 going into the break.
Collinstown were playing into the wind in the second half, but they relished the challenge and seemed to grow in confidence. They were creating a lot more chances and still defending with a lot of confidence. Then midway through the second half, midfielder Gareth Glennon slipped Kavanagh in behind who was taken down by the keeper for a penalty. He stepped up confidently and buried it past the keeper into the roof of the net.
O’Reilly produced a world-class save late on when he tipped the ball past the post for what looked like a certain goal and preserve his clean sheet.
Collinstown closed the game out to make it two wins from two with 11 goals scored and none conceded to top the group. They will have a home semi-final draw after Christmas.
Best of luck to the boys!
1st-year team v Oatlands
Charles O’Reilly, Gareth Glennon, Dale O’Farrell, (Capt) Sean Cummins, Coady Collins, Alex O’Callaghan, Cian Burke⚽, Conor Byrne, Callum Kavanagh, Callum Griffin, Derek Kavanagh⚽. Subs: Pierce Rooney, Callum Chruch, Ryan Collins, Joel Thorpe, Jason Lynch.
Man of the Match
Thanks to Mr Lanigan for the wonderful match report.
On Thursday 12th December the members of staff from KN CIRCET who have been mentoring some of our current Sixth Year students visited the school. The students have been doing the mentoring sessions in the KN offices in Cloverhill Industrial Estate. This time it was our turn to be hospitable and show the visitors around our school.
We had a good mentoring session and then the students showed their mentors around the school. The Library, the Beauty room, Engineering room and, above all, our new Data Centre Academy were the highlights of our visitors’ circuit of the school. The visitors were welcomed to the school by Scott Nugent, one of the mentees and guided around by Bradley O’Neill, another of the mentees.
On Monday 9th of December, 196 winners were awarded for their efforts in the Microsoft Award three-week challenge. Students from First to Sixth Year attended a ceremony to receive their certificate and Liffey Valley voucher. Award winners were treated to a performance by Sixth Year student Zoe Clarke. Zoe performed her debut single ‘No Matter Where You Are’ to the delight of her peers and teachers.
After the ceremony, students prepared for their afternoon of fun at Jump Zone & GoQuest Carrickmines. The trip was a perfect way to celebrate their success in the Microsoft challenge before they sit their Christmas exams. A great time was had by all.
There were mixed fortunes for the CPCC U17 team as they played two games in a week in the business end of the league.
Despite controlling possession for the full game against St Killian’s, two goals against the run of play meant a 2-0 defeat at home on Monday. To be fair the Killian’s team were very well-drilled and were very tough to break down. Level at the break and in control, CPCC became frustrated and attacked at will to start the second half. This was to be their downfall as they were caught out against the run of play. However, the lesson learned proved useful in the next game on Friday.
Firhouse CC were the visitors on Friday and the lads knew that there was no other option but a win to keep their chances of making the quarter-final alive. Once again they controlled possession throughout the game but this time the result was more positive. Level one apiece at the break the lads slowly and methodically broke the will of Firhouse in the second half and accumulated four goals in quick succession. Darragh Dunne, Kyle Grant, Tadgh Curran and Cian Somers (from the bench) impressed once again.
Next up is the final group game on Tuesday against Marian College. A win will guarantee a place in the quarter-final to this talented team, but first they must get over this tough obstacle.