Positive Mental Health Week is in full swing this week and includes talks, presentations and trips. Jacqueline Campion from Marino Therapy Centre is presenting on how to manage your mental health to First, Second and Third Years on Tuesday. Assemblies are being addressed on how to manage stress and there is a poster campaign encouraging students to stand up for their LGBT colleagues. The Transition Years are travelling to St. Patrick’s University Hospital to receive a presentation on Mental Health issues. Their Teen-Mental-Health_Pack is here. Staff are attending a Mindfulness Seminar organised by Ms. Keane on Wednesday afternoon (Image credit: Headstrong)
First (HPV) and Sixth year girls (HPV) will receive their vaccinations on Tuesday 25th March from the H.S.E. Please do not organise anything else on those days. The school facilitates the time and space for the vaccinations. All queries about the vaccination itself are to be referred to the Health Service Executive, Coolock 01-816 4259.
Mr. O’ hAonghusa and Ms. MacNamara write: “During the Halloween mid-term break, a group of Fifth and Sixth – year students from Portmarnock Community School, accompanied by Ms. MacNamara and Mr. O hAonghusa, spent the week in Salamanca and stayed with local host families (more photos here).
Every morning, the students attended intensive grammar & conversational classes at Colegio Delibes and after lunch they participated in cultural activities around Salamanca organised by the school. The language school is named after Miguel Delibes, a renowned Spanish novelist.
Both students and teachers enjoyed the cultural activities immensely. Salamanca is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the most important University cities in Spain. It is home to the famous ‘Plaza Mayor’, which is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful plazas in Spain, dating from the early 18th century.
During the week, we visited the city’s splendid museums, cathedrals and university buildings. We visited the local ‘El Rastro’ market, learned to cook ‘Chocolate con Churros’ and went on a ‘Tapas’ (Spanish-style snacks) tour of the city. We also learnt the basic moves in Salsa dancing, some better than others! On Friday, both students and teachers embarked on a bike tour of Salamanca which was both energetic and entertaining and a fitting end to a memorable week in Spain. Lo pasamos fenomenal.”
Well done to Matthew Jenkinson, Lee Byrne, Alex Murray, Dylan Gilroy and Eoin Dunne who attended the regional final of the A.I.B. Build a Bank in Leopardstown this week. Thanks to Ms. Keane for accompanying them and Marie Browne (AIB Malahide) for mentoring the group over the past few months.
D.I.T. Computing academy
Application is online via the Dublin Institute of Technology here. This is an excellent opportunity for TY students to end their year with some very positive learning experiences. The Academy will run from 27th to 31st May 2014.
Gaisce. All Transition Year students involved in Gaisce must have their online details up to date on the Gaisce website by Monday night (10th). There will be a meeting Period 6, on Tuesday 11th to confirm everything is up to date and determine numbers for the Adventure Challenge in Glendalough.
Thanks to all the TY students involved in the Intel Ideation in the PSLC this week. Thanks also to Frank Lynch and the local Lions Club for the facilitation of the two days. We are looking forward to the next round!
Thanks to the TY students who participated in the ShoutOut workshops this week. The key message is the acceptance of all students within the school community.