FE students marked the end of term on Wednesday with a get-together with all those who finished classes that day. Christmas cheer and raffles added to the fun. None enjoyed it more than the Business students who did their computerised bookkeeping exam that morning.
The final trip before Christmas was on Wednesday 12th December to the Irish Aid Centre on Clonmel Street in Dublin 2.
The students learned where some of our taxes go to help people in third world countries. There was a particular focus on Malawi. They got the chance to experience what it would be like to be the family member in charge of food while living in a poverty-stricken area. Their challenge was to make the right choices so their family survived. Some families didn’t survive. It was an eye-opening experience for all involved.
One of the magical events of Christmas is the Collinstown Park Winter Wonderland. Under the guiding hands of Ms Helen McHugh and Mr John Whelan ably assisted by Sports Hall staff and the Transition Year Elves, a wonderful experience for young children is hosted in the school Sports Hall.
Students from St Peter Apostle, St Mary’s and their ASD unit as well as members of the local Gladiators Club and the children of DDLETB staff and the Collinstown Further Education students all had the opportunity to experience the magic of the Winter Wonderland. Face painting, games, bouncy castles and trains, a magical sleigh ride and then, of course, a meeting with the man himself all combined to make it an unforgettable experience.
Last week the Under-19 soccer team played both their group games in the Metropolitan Schools League.
On Wednesday the lads took on Marian College at home and knew a win would set them up to qualify from the group. With a weaker team due to the loss of a number of players on work experience, Collinstown started slowly and went 1-0 down to a strike from outside the box. On a day where Collinstown would miss a lot of chances Kian Delaney made no mistake when he broke clear soon after and slotted the ball past the keeper for his 1st goal of the afternoon to make it 1-1. Collinstown had much the better of it in the first half but the sides went in level at the break.
Collinstown took the lead early in the second half when a Brooklyn Ward cross looped over the keeper and went straight in to put our boys 2-1 up. Collinstown were now dominating the game and raced ahead to a 5-1 lead with 2 goals from Kian Delaney who bagged himself a hat-trick in the process and Joseph Maher with a lovely flick on from a corner.
The drama didn’t end there however, after numerous chances to finish off Marian, the team from Ballsbridge managed to scramble home the ball when a shot was parried by stand-in keeper for the day Kevin Dunne to make it 5-2. Another 2 goals quickly followed, one the ref judged to be over the line even though goal line technology would have shown Kevin clearly keeping it from crossing. It was 5-4 and a nervy 5 minutes lay in store for Collinstown but they held on to set up a winner-takes-all game with Oatlands College on Friday.
This game was very different to the Marian game. Oatlands controlled the play and had the best chances but were frustrated on the day by Jamie Moss and particularly Samad Allison who was a rock at the back all day. But Collinstown’s clinical finishing on the day was the difference.
The lads were down 2-1 with 10 minutes to go when the ball broke to Jake Purcell who made no mistake and slotted it past the keeper to draw Collinstown level with his second goal of the game. Kian Delaney made it 3-2 soon after to put Collinstown ahead for the first time. It was a smash-and-grab certainly with Collinstown having 3 shots on target and scoring 3 goals.
U19 football manager Mr Lanigan was delighted to top the group with 2 wins from 2 and it means the lads will have a home Semi-Final against St. Michael’s College after Christmas.
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.
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.