On Friday the 17th February Mr Flood (LCA co-ordinator) with the two tutors Ms Tobin and Mr Fitzpatrick took the Fifth Year LCA students on a trip to Croke Park.
The students experienced the Etihad Skyline tour. Students had the opportunity of walking on top of one of Europe’s largest stadiums which is 17 storeys high. The students got a bird’s-eye view of the city.
All students had an enjoyable day.
Our Open Day will take place on Tuesday 14th March 2017. There are two sessions: Morning from 9:30 – 1:30 and Evening from 7:00-8:30. Application forms will be available from this date at the college and on-line.
All very welcome to attend
For more information follow this link to the Further Education section of our website.
Saturday 18th February to Friday 24th February
Early Saturday morning 24 Transition Year students with their teachers Mr Reilly, Ms Mohan and Mr Cassidy left for the ski slopes of Folgaria in Italy. Folgaria is an attractive village situated in Trentino region, in the province of Trento. The resort offered wonderful skiing for these beginners .
The students started at the excellent nursery slopes close to the village at Fondo Grande, before continuing to the slightly more challenging blue slopes of Passo Sommo and Francolini. Other slopes students got to experience were Fondo Piccolo, Fondo Grande and Serrada. Students got to develop their ski skills of snow ploughing and parallel turns.
Students also got to experience some après-ski activities such as karaoke, the cinema, ice-skating and a disco on their last night.
As part of the English course in first year, the class of 1S read the book The Outsiders by S.E Hinton. After we had finished reading it, our English teacher Mr. Dowling assigned a project based on the book. As part of the project we got into groups of two and three and then had to give a presentation based on a topic connected to the book.
The options we had to choose from were: 1) S.E Hinton, 2) Greasers, 3) Tulsa Oklahoma, 4) America in the 1960s and 5) The Outsiders.
We had a week to research the topic we chose using the school’s iPads. We also went to the computer room to print pictures and type up the information that was gathered. We had the choice of giving a PowerPoint presentation or by using a poster.
After we had finished preparing all the groups presented their project to the class. The posters were then placed on the wall of the English classroom.
It was a very enjoyable project and we got to improve our research, writing and speaking skills.
By Katelyn Hillary and Aoife O’Connor – 1S
The Transition Year students participating in Fighting Words this year are delighted to announce the name of their upcoming novel.
‘What’s the Stories?’ was selected after a long and difficult selection process. The novel will consist of 19 individual short stories from our very talented Transition Year writers. The name, a play on ‘What’s the story?’ sums up what will be a varied and interesting novel. It is due to be released in May.
Fighting Words – Graphic Designer
On Tuesday in Fighting Words, the year long module 19 TY students are taking part in to make a book, we met the graphic designer Daragh O’Toole. Daragh has been with Fighting Words for 8 years and he came in to talk to us about book cover designs and what we would like on our book cover.
We told him about the title we had picked ‘What’s the Stories?’ which will help him in designing our book cover. The previous week we had made collages from magazines and newspaper cut outs (some of these collages are pictured below). We feel that these images and collages will inspire Daragh with the colours and many pictures giving him an idea of our personality and influences.
From the many book covers he showed us from his past Fighting Words experiences, I could tell that he is very talented. So all of us are excited to see what he comes up with from the information that we have given him.
By Rebecca O’Reilly – TY Student
The Second Year boys basketball team have just completed a round of tough pool games. They played teams from Lucan CC, Coláiste Cois Life, Luttrellstown, Palmerstown and Celbridge. The first three games were extremely close with the boys only losing by 1 point. The games against the experienced sides from Celbridge and Luttrellstown were more challenging but the Collinstown team always played with a positive attitude and great team spirit.
The players have learned a lot this year and gained invaluable experience of competitive matches. They are dedicated team members and rarely miss a training session. We are now looking ahead to next season when we will compete in the U16 league.
Thanks to Ms Kirwan for coordinating our games and to Daryl Cooney and Harvey Killeen for helping with score and timekeeping.
Dylan Downey (c)
Jason Reddin (c)
Eoighan Mountaine Barry
Coaches: Ms Clarke and Sean Kennedy
On Thursday 16th February fifty Transition Year students got to see the Operational Support Services in action.
It consists of 4 units that provide specialist support to operational Gardaí throughout the country.
The 4 units are:
Air Support Unit
Dog Support Unit
Mounted Support Unit
Garda Water Unit
On Wednesday and Thursday the 15th and 16th February the Transition Year Road Safety class got to try out their driving skills at the Leinster Driving Campus Maynooth.
Students got to learn about:
- Vehicle Familiarisation
- Car Controls
- Safety Checks
- Driver Responsibilities
- Use of controls for moving away and stopping and further manoeuvre.
Each student was then given the chance to put into practice what they had learnt and drive the dual controlled cars while being assessed by both the instructor and two other TY students. This gave an insight into how a candidate may be marked on their driving test.
On Thursday the 16th of February the Fighting Words students will make a big announcement. The name of their upcoming novel (a collection of short stories) will be named!
After six months of painstaking drafting and redrafting, the novel is near completion. Over the last few weeks the name of the novel has been discussed and argued over, an initial very long shortlist has been whittled down to just one.
Stay tuned for further updates!
The book club meets regularly in the library with members from all years. Here is their latest report:
This time we had a lot of discussion about books and movies – whether we preferred the book, usually, or the movie – and which books we loved, and which books we wished somebody had made a film of!
We loved The Outsiders by S E Hinton, and Walk the Line / the autobiography of Johnny Cash. We agreed that the tv series of the Vampire Diaries (by L J Smith) was actually better than the books. That the Divergent films are fine as stand-alone movies, but nothing like as good as the books. Somebody asked about the link between the TV series Sherlock, and the Sherlock Holmes stories. Some members had read the Sherlock Holmes stories (by Arthur Conan Doyle), and really recommended them.
Overall, twice as many of us preferred the original book to the movie. One book club member sat on the fence and said they liked both equally!
Members requested these books for the school library, which have now been ordered:
Skyhawk by Gill Lewis
Reaching the Heights by Peter Gunning
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J K Rowling.
Finally, you may be interested in what our teachers are reading! The book for this month is “Apple Tree”.