On Wednesday morning 9th November students had the opportunity to abandon classes and have time to get to know their fellow students taking part in some different activities.
Some students took a tour of Farmleigh House before joining up with the other group for a picnic in the November air.
The other group took part in a scavenger hunt with a difference. They had to find various landmarks in the park and take a photo of their group with the landmark, as well as finding some bonus pictures, such as you can see, with a dog, Irish language sign, with a bicycle and a flower. The weather held and they joined the Farmleigh group afterwards for a picnic in the Pope’s Cross car park.
Coming soon: The Quiz………
Some pictures below:
All the scavengers
The Dog Pond
Please can we take a photo of your bicycle
Fógra as gaeilge
Counting the points
On Wednesday the 19th of October 3O participated in the Sky Sports for Living Program. Irish Champion and European Silver medallist Brian Grehan who is an ambassador for the program visited our school. He introduced himself to the students and told them what it was like for him when he was at school, juggling both his studies and his love for sport. He then played some fun games which the students really enjoyed. I am happy to say Brian will be back in a few weeks to complete the program.
This year Transition Year students from Collinstown Park Community College are taking part in the very popular ‘Fighting Words’ project headed by Roddy Doyle in Dublin 1.
Under the guidance of a great team of volunteers students will compile a series of short stories which will be published in the New Year. This creative writing program takes place once a week on Tuesday afternoon and allows the students to be original, innovative and most importantly imaginative with their writing. The very friendly and relaxed surrounds of the Fighting Words centre has given the student freedom to express themselves in a non-pressurised setting.
The experiences that these Transition Year students will gain throughout the year are many. They will develop skills such as learning independently and working together in groups. Students will have a self-directed approach to their own learning and will have the opportunity to watch the project grow from writing the first line of their first story to the finished, bound and illustrated book of short stories.
Students from Scoil Mochua come to CPCC every Tuesday morning to work with Transition Year students. Scoil Mochua is a local school which caters for students with physical disabilities. Many students are in wheelchairs and have different ways of communicating.
5th and 6th Year Leaving Cert Art students went to “The MAC” in Belfast on Monday 10th October to see an exhibition “David Hockney – I draw, I do”. This was the first significant exhibition of Hockney’s work in Ireland to date. He celebrates his 80th birthday next year. He was an important contributor to the Pop art movement of the 1960s. He is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. The exhibition included observational drawings, early graphite portraits, “The Plunger” a work from his paper pools series and a drawing he did using the i pad. He is interested in pushing the boundaries of his practice using new technologies.
On Friday 14th October the Return to Learning group had a very enjoyable trip to Trinity College. They had a one hour guided tour of the College added to by the reminiscences of their tutor Mr Quentin Nea, a Trinity graduate. They then had the chance to see the Book of Kells and the wonderful Long Room Library. Photos below.
A group of TY students got to visit the RDS on Wednesday 12th October. They took part in workshops, heard from influential speakers like Alma Walsh and Nikki Bradley. There was also a variety of fun activities for the TY students to try out like badminton, tennis, squash etc. The idea behind the event is that students will leave the event with new knowledge to help them live happier, safer, and more fulfilling lives.