On Thursday 16th November the Irish Olympian Thomas Barr trained our students in a two hour session. The school won this amazing training session as a prize for competing in the Irish Life Health Schools Fitness Challenge.
The event was supported by Irish Life Health and they work in close partnership with Dublin City University and the creator of the Irish Schools’ Fitness Challenge, Professor Niall Moyna.
Thomas was so generous with his time and the school is still buzzing with excitement from the event and the lucky students who got to participate #RaisedTheBarr thoroughly enjoyed it! Who knows he may have inspired future Olympians!
As previously advised the Sixth Year PTM takes place on Thursday 30 November from 4.15 to 6.45 pm in the PE Hall. Classes will finish at 3.15 and buses will be informed. This replaces the TY PTM which was scheduled for that day.
Congratulations to the Concern Debate Team who won their debate against an impressive Loreto On The Green team on Tuesday the 22nd of November, successfully proposing the motion that: “In order for women to access leadership roles there must be gender quotas.” Well done to the team of Evelin, Aodhan, Aaron and Laura and thanks to Mr Cogavin and Ms Bradley.
The Remembrance Tree is back again for the month of November to remember people who have left us or people who are sick at this time. Students are encouraged to write the name of the person they wish to remember in the book beside the tree.
Emily O’Shea is a third year student her in PCS she attends the Trinity Walton Club and she has also taken part in STEM and ICE camps partnered with Bank of Ireland. Emily won best Maths project for Walton 1 and has exhibited at Inspirefest and Dublinmaker. Emily is speaking to assembly groups this week in support of Science week to show students how they can take part in the Science area outside of school. Other activities include Quizzes and displays and a visit to dunsink Observatory on Thursday night with thanks to Mr Murphy.
Josh Tighe Fitzgerald, Aaron Cullen and Adam Doyle visit Country Crest North County Dublin growers and food producers. Tony Doyle and Country Crest are helping students prepare their project for YSI titled ‘Low Till High Tech’. The project looks at soil types and tilling and seed planting. Country Crest will recycle an old bicycle into a plough and the students will create a soil map of Lesotho.
Visit to Teagasc, Johnstown Castle, Wexford for the study of soil maps.
Monday 13 November marks the beginning of Stand UpWeek in Irish schools. At PCS we are promoting understanding and tolerance of LGBT+ issues this week through visual and spoken messages. For more information go to the BelongTo website.
We offer our congratulations to the following students of the Class of 2017 who have been awarded Entrance Exhibition Awards by their universities as a result of their very high academic performance in the Leaving Certificate examination:
Christine Blott, Kate Fagan, Louise Fagan, Patrick Eccles and Ross Oglesby will receive awards from Trinity College and Roisin Dowd will receive her award from University College Dublin next week.
The students of Global Citizens Mapping the Future who won the SAGE World Cup this Summer for their Social Innovation Project were honoured in Leinster House this week. Thanks to Darragh O’Brien TD for hosting the group and for his support.
Our annual celebration of the deep talent in Portmarnock Community School took place on Friday 27th October. The Concert is the highlight of Friendship Week and features singers, groups, musicians, dancers and others. The students are given an opportunity to show their talent in a supportive environment which encourages others to get involved. Thanks to Ms O’Driscoll, Ms McGlynn, Mr Maynes, Mr Murphy and all of the students for their hard work. We also had a visit from Sam Maguire to cap a great day in PCS.