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CPC presented with the Gaelbhratach

Ag tacu le husaid na gaeilge! Comhgairdeas to everyone involved.

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Awards Day 2017

The annual CPC Awards Day took place today.

As usual, awards were presented to the year groups under a number of headings … academic excellence, application to study, attendance, music, sport, etc. Students were also acknowledged for their contribution to school life as prefects and student council members. Well done to all the recipients of the various awards.

Thanks must go to the following 5th Years for their efforts – Ben Newman, who was the photographer for the day, and his assistant Fiachra Healy.

Athletics – Leinster Schools Competition

 

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There were some fine performances from a number of CPC students at the Leinster Schools Competition recently.

The senior girls relay team won gold and now advance to All Irelands on 3rd June. The Senior relay team of Katie Quigley, Laura Quigley, Ellie O’Toole and Lisa Aspel received a relay perpetual trophy.

As well as this, Ella Duane won gold in the intermediate pole vault and the 300m hurdles. Inez Duane won silver in the intermediate 300m. Lisa Aspel won silver in the Senior 200m and was 4th in the 100m hurdles. Ellie O’Toole won Bronze in the Senior 400m while Laura Quigley was 4th in the Senior high jump. Also, from the minors on Wednesday, Hannah Breen won gold in the 1100m.

5th Year LCVP – Charity Donation to Crumlin Children’s Hospital (CMRF)

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5A welcomed Dan, a volunteer from CMRF, to CPC to receive a donation to the charity.

Dan thanked the students and gave them a quick talk about how the funds will be used to assist Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

Well done to the students for their efforts during Enterprise Week when the money was raised as a result of a cake sale, a raffle and a competition.

LC Economics – Accountant (Margaret Davin) – Visit In

The 5th Year Economics class recently met and chatted with Margaret Davin – former Chief Financial Officer and Director of Finance, Horse Racing Ireland (HRI). It was a fantastic learning experience and a very worthwhile opportunity for the students.

Margaret gave the students a fascinating insight into the world of Accountancy. They heard about Margaret’s previous posts – she worked for Waterford Glass, Smithwicks (part of the Guinness Group), Kerry Group, DIT, Dunnes Stores and HRI. It was very interesting to learn about the corporate world from someone who worked at a top level in so many high profile businesses.

We’d like to say a big thank you to Margaret for visiting CPC and informing the students. We wish her well in the future.

TY Economics – Leinster House – Visit Out

 
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A group of TY students recently visited Leinster House as part of the Economics module. The opportunity arose out of a visit to the school earlier in the year by Kildare South TD (and Ceann Comhairle) Sean O’Fearghail. There was a suggestion of a trip to Leinster House and Sean facilitated a group to visit our National Parliament.

The students enjoyed a guided tour – taking in both the Seanad and the Dail. It was an interesting experience and the students could ask questions. After the tour, Darragh O’Brien TD spoke to them about his work.

As part of the tour, the students had the opportunity to sit in the visitors gallery in both Houses of the Oireachtas. They learned about the history of Leinster House as well as finding out about how our National Parliament functions.

We wish to say a big thanks to our tour guide (Ken) as well as to Darragh for their contributions today. It was a memorable trip and we really enjoyed it.

TY Equine Studies – Gilltown Stud Visit Out

4C visited Gilltown Stud as part of the Equine Studies module. It was a great opportunity for the students as well as being an enjoyable visit.

The students got a close up look at the three resident stallions – Harzand, Born To Sea and Sea The Stars. They saw the 16 acre lake and observed the larger than lifesize bronzes of Shergar and Sinndar (sculpted by David Wynne). Julie White spoke to them about a range of issues and the students had the opportunity to ask questions during the tour.

Owned by the Aga Khan, Gilltown is one of his four stud farms in Ireland (along with Sallymount, Sheshoon and Ballyfair). We are very grateful to the staff there (Julie in particular) for accomodating us and providing us with such a pleasant learning experience. We wish them all well for the future.

TY Economics – National Politician (Fiona O’Loughlin TD) Visit In

4C recently welcomed Fiona O’Loughlin as part of the Economics module.

Fiona gave the students an insight into the work of a national politician. She explained how she became involved in public life and told the students about her career in politics to date.

Elected in the general election in February 2016 as a Fianna Fail TD for Kildare South, Fiona spoke to the students about her work in the national parliament. She is the chairperson of the Education Committee. She also outlined what she hopes to achieve in national politics. It was interesting to hear about the issues that Fiona is focusing on.

Fiona also discussed her work outside of politics. Having been heavily involved in organising the Special Olympics when it was held in Ireland in 2003, she spoke with pride and passion about that venture and still contributes wherever she can in this area.

There was discussion around local and national issues. The students had the opportunity to engage with Fiona around these. There was an emphasis on economic issues and it was a worthwhile learning experience.

We would like to thank Fiona for taking time out of a busy schedule to visit our school and educate our TY students and we wish her well in the future.

TY Equine Studies – Eimear Chance (ITM) Visit In

Eimear Chance (Marketing Executive) of ITM (Irish Thoroughbred Marketing), recently visited 4C as part of the Equine Studies module.

Eimear joined the ITM team in February 2015 from Great British Racing International (GBRI) where she was marketing and operations executive. With a family background in the horse racing industry in Ireland and the UK, Eimear graduated from university in 2008 and began working in Windsor Racecourse. Eimear will have responsibility for promoting Irish sales primarily in the UK and mainland Europe.

Irish Thoroughbred Marketing promotes Ireland as the leading source for the production and sale of quality thoroughbreds worldwide, and as a premier country in which to own, breed and buy thoroughbreds.

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Established in 1991, Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM) is a not-for-profit, non-trading, limited company, with the strength and integrity of Irish Government support, and the backing of the Irish Bloodstock industry, assuring absolute integrity and impartiality.

ITM is a subsidiary of Horse Racing Ireland (HRI), the semi-state organisation responsible for the administration of horse racing in Ireland.

ITM should be the first point of contact for any overseas person seeking information on any aspect of the Irish bloodstock industry, including

It was an interesting learning experience for the students. It provided an insight into the role of ITM but also a general overview of marketing in action. There was a discussion about a number of issues, including Brexit. A big thank you to Eimear for visiting our school and informing our students.

LCVP – Nolan’s Butchers & Organ Donor Awareness – Visit Out

The 5th year LCVP students recently visited Nolan’s Butchers. It was a fantastic learning opportunity for the class. They met James Nolan who took them around on a tour of the business premises.

Nolan’s Butchers is proud of the many awards it has won and the reputation for quality that it has built up over generations. The importance of looking after the customers and the staff in a business was emphasised. James identified a number of examples of enterprising behaviour that has made the business such a success. We appreciate James welcoming our students and providing them with such an interesting experience.

James also spoke to the students about organ donor awareness and the work of the charity he set up in 1990. This charity, PKRF (Puchestown Kidney Research Fund), has raised over €1.3m to date and the money has been used to improve the lives of people on dialysis. James explained his own history of kidney illness and how he had a transplant in 1987 (his sister Catherine, past pupil of CPC, donated a kidney).

It was an inspiration to hear how James has dealt with his health difficulties – and how he has participated in sporting activities – on the European and the World stage. The students learned also about the Irish Donor Network and were encouraged to carry a donor card.

It really was a privilege to have met James. He spoke about the importance of innovation and enterprise in life and business. His key message to the students was to get the best from their talents, to embrace what life has to offer and to make a contribution throughout their lives. We’d like to thank James for the time he has dedicated to helping our students and we wish him and his enterprises well for the future.