LCVP

LCVP – Padraic Deasy (Portrait Photographer) Visit In

Local photographer and past pupil Padraic Deasy returned to CPC to meet the 5th Year LCVP class. It was a privilege to welcome Padraic back to the school.

This was a wonderful learning opportunity for the students. Padraic spoke about his career and provided a fascinating insight into the work of a successful entrepreneur. He encouraged the students to follow their interests when trying to establish a career. He told them that they must be prepared to continue learning throughout their working lives.

Padraic has won a lot of awards both at home and abroad and he addressed many interesting issues. He explained how he has diversified his business and branched out beyond portrait photography. He outlined the various products that his studio deals in and he also told the class about how he has travelled around the world teaching photography with his wife.

Padraic is still involved in a number of businesses despite the recent closure of his portrait studio (Deasy Photographic). There is an online store for photography products (Seamless) which was launched in 2011 and a range of beauty / skincare products (Pestle and Mortar) which came on stream in 2014. He is very busy and works long hours. The students discovered that motivation and dedication are required to be successful in business.

A big thanks to Padraic for helping the LCVP students.

LCVP – Community Enterprise (Noel Clare) Visit In

Our retired deputy principal, Noel Clare, recently visited CPC to meet the 5A (LCVP) class. Noel spoke to the students about the importance of enterprise in a community. Having worked for many years on local community initiatives, Noel was ideally placed to inform the students about what is involved.

There was a wide-ranging discussion about the benefits that local enterprising people can bring to a community. Noel outlined some of the projects that Kilcullen Community Action have worked on over the years.

It was a really worthwhile visit and the students learned a lot from it. We’d like to thank Noel for taking the time to visit us and we wish him well in the future.

LCVP – Mairead Fleming (CV & Interview) Visit In

Mairead Fleming, Managing Director of Ascension Executive Recruitment, recently visited CPC to meet the 5th Year LCVP class. It was a fascinating talk and it provided the students with a fantastic learning opportunity. Mairead discussed her own background and explained how she became involved in the world of recruitment.

The students were provided with expert advice about how to put together a good CV and Cover Letter. They also learned about how to prepare for an interview … by discussing the typical questions to expect at an interview and how to be ready for them. The students had the opportunity to ask questions and some did engage with Mairead about various issues. Arising out of this visit, the students will prepare their own CV and Cover Letter. They will be interviewed too which will also be a really worthwhile experience.

The students are very fortunate to have received Mairead’s advice – it enhanced their learning in LCVP. They picked up a lot to assist them in preparation for the world of work and it will undoubtedly stand to them as they prepare to leave school and begin planning a career. This was a memorable learning experience and we are very grateful to Mairead for visiting our school and sharing her expertise with us. We look forward to welcoming her back to CPC for the interviews in the weeks ahead.

LCVP – Paddy O’Connor (Cara Projects) Visit In

Paddy O’Connor of Cara Projects once again visited CPC to meet the 5A students (the 5th Year LCVP class). He described the work carried out by his charity in Kenya. It was very interesting to learn about this charity and it was fascinating to find out how this project got off the ground and stays going.

The theme of the talk was enterprise and it provided the students with a useful insight into the innovation and creativity required to set up and manage a charity. As usual, it was a talk full of passion and enthusiasm. We heard inspiring stories about some of the children that the charity has helped. It was a great learning opportunity for the students to meet and engage with Paddy.

We are very grateful for the visit and we wish Cara Projects well with it’s fine work (helping lots of vulnerable women in Kenya) into the future.

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.

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

cmrf-donation

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.

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.

LCVP – Recruitment (Mairead Fleming) Visit In

Mairead Fleming, Managing Director of Ascension Executive Recruitment, returned to CPC to meet the 5th Year LCVP class again. It was an interesting talk and it provided the students with a real learning opportunity. Mairead discussed her own background and explained how she became involved in the world of recruitment. She outlined the characteristics / skills required for this line of work and also explained why the students might consider a career in recruitment. It was interesting to hear about the type of work involved – the variety and the earning potential.

It was very useful for the students to find out where the jobs in Ireland are right now – and indeed where they might be in five years time. Mairead highlighted the importance of being “job ready” and outlined how this could be achieved. The students got to hear once again (Mairead had already spoken to them about this in an earlier visit) about the importance of a good CV and how to prepare for an interview. There was an opportunity to ask questions and some did engage with Mairead about various issues.

It has to be said that the students are very fortunate to have had the time with Mairead. What they learned will assist them in completing the LCVP. It will also undoubtedly stand to them as they prepare to leave school and begin planning a career. It was a worthwhile experience for sure. We are very grateful to Mairead for visiting our school and sharing her expertise with us and we wish her well in the future.

LCVP – Former Government Minister (Noel Dempsey) Visit In

Noel Dempsey recently visited 5A as part of the LCVP programme. It was a great learning opportunity to have such an experienced public servant share his views with the students.

Noel served as a Government Minister in a number of administrations and held a number of senior ministerial portfolios. He was in the Departments of the Environment and Local Government, Education and Science as well as Communications and Natural Resources. He also served as a junior minister as well as government chief whip. It was interesting to hear him speak about his experiences in these roles.

The key focus of Noel’s talk was on “Enterprise in Public Life”. Noel explained how the role of government in relation to enterprise is to create the environment within which employment can be created. He spoke of the work carried out by State agencies such as the Local Enterprise Offices (formerly the County Enterprise Boards), Enterprise Ireland and the IDA in the promotion of enterprise in Ireland.

There was a discussion around a number of issues. The students had the opportunity to engage with Noel and ask questions. It really was an interesting and worthwhile learning experience.

A big thank you to Noel for taking the time to visit CPC and inform our students. Thanks also to Eamonn Mulvihill for accompanying Noel and for his contribution to the discussion.

LCVP – Newbridge Silverware Visit Out

The 5th Year LCVP students recently visited Newbridge Silverware. It was a most enjoyable and educational experience.

The students were taken on a tour of the manufacturing facility as well as the showrooms. The staff at Newbridge Silverware were really nice to the students. They were helpful in explaining and demonstrating the work going on there. In particular we’d like to thank John and Rose for their input. Thanks must also go to Liz who made the arrangements for the visit.

The students had the wonderful opportunity to meet the CEO of Newbridge Silverware, William Doyle who kindly engaged with them and answered questions. So a big thank you to William for that.

They had time also to make their way around the Museum of Style Icons and have some refreshments before leaving. The visit provided a fantastic insight into this genuinely world class business.

Newbridge Silverware is an iconic Irish brand – established in 1934. Over 80 years in business is a testament to the quality of the brand, as well as its continued reinvention over the years. 2014 saw a number of exciting celebrations while the highlight of 2015 is the new association with Guinness.

The GUINNESS® by Newbridge Silverware Collection represents more than three years of collaborative design and research by both companies. The collection is inspired by one iconic company and crafted by another.

The GUINNESS® by Newbridge Silverware Collection reflects both companies’ acute attention to detail and includes stunning jewellery, stylish yet practical homeware and desirable decorations.

Newbridge Silverware has linked up recently with international supermodel Naomi Campbell as the face of its brand.

Ms. Campbell, who is recognised as one of the original supermodels, has worked with Newbridge Silverware to launch its `little blue box’ campaign and to promote its new and existing collections. Ms. Campbell features in press advertisements for the company which have been shot in Ireland by leading Irish photographer Barry McCall.

The campaign focuses on the surprise and delight of giving or receiving a gift in the iconic Newbridge Silverware blue box no matter what the occasion. Instantly recognisable, the Newbridge Silverware blue box is synonymous with the quality, craftsmanship and heritage associated with the brand.

It really was a very worthwhile visit for the students and they learned a lot from it. We wish Newbridge Silverware continued success in the future.