May 9th 2018: following the announcement of the Microsoft Awards we held an awards ceremony in the school this evening for the first winners. Over one hundred and forty students reached the standards set for the first Microsoft Datacentres Excellence Award. They were presented with their certificates and a voucher. Ten of these students won a special prize for their contribution on the subject of citizenship. All students also won a day out in Tayto Park.
It was a great evening; Cathal Murphy and Jonathan Haverty of the Microsoft Datacentre spoke about the possibilities for the students, emphasising the key qualities and skills needed for the workplace.
Principal Ms Duffy also congratulated the winners of the Academic Awards and Student of the Month Awards who were also present on the evening.
Winners of the top awards for Excellence were:
Courtney Whelan McManus
A full list of the winners will be available below the photos.
We recently received a €12,500 award from the Microsoft Community Empowerment Fund to support a Student Award Programme. The Award Programme will be used to focus students on five important attributes promoted by Collinstown Park Community College among its students, attributes also sought by Microsoft when recruiting and hiring datacenter employees. Students will monitor their own excellence in attendance, punctuality, uniform, homework and behaviour utilising a self-monitor card. The goal of the programme is to improve these five key attributes and develop skills that will benefit students for the rest of their lives and will transfer into the workplace.
“Collinstown Park Community College is delighted to receive this award from Microsoft”, said Pauline Duffy, College Principal. She added: “We look forward to celebrating the success achieved by our students as part of this Student Award Programme. We wish to acknowledge the generosity and support of Microsoft.”
John Hardy, Datacentre Operations Manager, Microsoft Corp said: “Microsoft is pleased to partner with Collinstown Park Community College and support this Student Award Programme. Helping students develop skills and behaviours that will help them be better students and prepare to be great employees will pay dividends for the students, the school, and the entire community. The Microsoft Community Empowerment Fund awards are an important way for the company and our employees to contribute to stronger, more resilient communities.”
The Community Empowerment Fund, created and managed by Microsoft’s Datacenter Community Development team, is designed to support community-led and prioritised projects, increase collaboration among contributors and award recipients, and develop ecosystems that help deliver common community priorities. Through this approach, Microsoft hopes to achieve long-term, systemic, and holistic outcomes in the communities in which it operates.
Congratulations to Cian McCabe (Transition Year) who was recently awarded at the Press Pass Awards ceremony at Twitter Ireland HQ. Cian was presented with his award by Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton and NewsBrands Ireland Chairman Vincent Crowley.
Cian is a member of Mr Dowling’s journalism class and his feature article ‘My Life With Epilepsy’ earned him second place in that category.
There were 10,000 participants in the Press Pass Programme this year which is run in conjunction with NewsBrands Ireland and Twitter Ireland. In 2012 NewsBrands Ireland devised a new Newspapers in Education (NiE) initiative aimed at Transition Year students and designed to support its own and the Government’s youth literacy objectives by getting more students reading newspapers. That initiative is Press Pass.
This is the first year that Collinstown Park has taken part in the initiative and it has proved to be a successful enterprise. To be shortlisted in the top 16 was a huge achievement and winning second place in the category is one that his family and school are very proud of.
Well done to all the Collinstown TY students who entered the Press Pass competition this year and well done to Cian on his success.
You can view the entry by clicking the following link http://presspass.ie/pp/wp-content/uploads/Features-CianMcCabeMyLifeWithEpilepsy.pdf
This year in Collinstown we put on show called ‘Can’t stop the Beat’. We had various soloists and a hardworking chorus, directed by Ms McHugh, supported by her backstage team and her various colleague helpers. We had two excellent nights of performances. Below are some of the photos taken by our school photographers: Colm and Conor.
Collinstown Park Community College has just been awarded the Certificate of Recognition for FIVE YEARSof active participation and service in Cisco Networking Academy.
We have also received certification in recognition of Expert Level Instructor Excellence and lasting contribution to the Cisco Networking Academy programme.
Collinstown Park has offered training programs culminating in the certifications Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) over the last few years. The training programme leads to an industrial certification recognised worldwide. The Cisco CCNA is mapped to a QQI level 6 advanced award. It is a perfect course of study for anyone wishing to enter the IT industry since alongside holding a QQI Level 5 award in Computer Systems and Networks or the CompTIA A+ or equivalent life experience, you will be primed for entry into the IT industry. At Collinstown Park, we also provide the much acclaimed and globally recognised CompTIA A+ award. Job roles from Cisco CCNA include the following:
System Engineers (Computer Networking/ IT), Technical Support Engineer, Network Administrator, Network Security Associate.
Many other job roles are also available depending on the CCNA Track. For example, if someone has good knowledge of wireless fundamentals, he/she can easily get the job on that basis. Other job titles are like Network Support Technician, Data Centre Associate, Video and Voice Engineers etc.
Since 2005, 92% of CCNA Networking Academy students globally have achieved their goals: a new job, more education or opportunities at work. The IT networking sector is a thriving sector in the Irish workforce and offers many opportunities for success.
So why not enrol on the CCNA course with us or begin your journey here with the CompTIA A+?