There are photos in the stream on the right, of the new kitchen at Hlalele High School, Lesotho which the local community finished and opened this week. It means no more toxic smoke for the kitchen-staff, helping combat eye and lung infections. It is also a more efficient system using less fuel. The school is delighted and send their appreciation to all who made it possible from PCS and beyond. Photo credit: Matatobaka (teacher).
The Board of Management passed our revised anti-bullying policy recently. You can read it here.
Buy your tickets for Bugsy Malone 29th, 30th, April, 1st. 2nd May – €30, Family. €10, Adult. €8 Student. Tickets are already selling fast.
The school is in State-examination mode at the moment with Leaving Certificate orals in Gaeilge and the Continental languages as well as Music practicals. Good luck to everyone involved.
Best wishes to the students working towards their Eco-Unesco showcase in Croke Park this coming Friday.
There is a full Transition-year update on the TY notices section of the website here. Parents / guardians please note the D.I.T. Computing Academy opportunities in late May, The OpenNet work experience competition, Sailing, Glendalough (Gaisce) trip, Portfolio preparation course etc.
The Concern Senior Debating Team ended an enjoyable debating season with two highly-charged debates that both ended in draws.
On January 14th PCS hosted a debate against Franciscan College, Gormanston. Conor Holland proved to be an impressive chairperson for the evening, and Seán Dowd acted as timekeeper. The motion was ‘Genetically modified food is essential in the fight against world hunger” and the PCS team were proposing the motion. Team captain Faolán Radcliffe McGovern led the team of Mark Nugent, Aisling Moore and Eoin Holton who all presented well-researched and strongly delivered arguments. After a long deliberation, the judges decided that the arguments presented by both teams were impressive and so a draw was awarded.
On January 28th we travelled to Saint Paul’s College, Raheny to oppose the motion that “Social media improves our understanding of major world events.” On the afternoon of the debate we found ourselves short a debater but Anton Krasovsky bravely volunteered to step in at the last minute. Team member Vincent Crossan also made a valuable contribution as researcher during our preparation for the debate.The competition was strong but the PCS team debated competently and again, the judges were unable to choose a winner and so a draw was awarded. Team captain Faolán Radcliffe McGovern led our team of Aisling Moore, Mark Nugent and Anton Krasovsky to secure the draw in an enjoyable, and, at times, heated debate.
Ms Bradley and Mr Cogavin would like to thank all those who contributed to debating this year. We thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone and would like to thank you all for your commitment, enthusiasm…and cake!
Class 3G write ”On Wednesday the 5th of March 2014 our C.S.P.E. class, We went on a visit to Dublin Zoo with Ms. Moran and Ms. Maher as part of our C.S.P.E. Action Project.
When we arrived at Dublin Zoo our class went to the educational centre to meet our guide, Orlagh. Orlagh told us about the animal we wanted to focus on, the Orang Utans. Orang Utans are found in the tropical rainforests of Borneo & Sumatra. They have adapted to this habitat and spend most of their lives living in the trees of the rainforests. We learned that in the last ten years over half of the population of Orang Utans have become extinct. This is mostly because of the cutting down of rain forests for the use of Palm Oil. Palm Oil is a type of vegetable oil from oil palm trees. Each year around 50 million tonnes of Palm Oil is produced and shipped around the world. Palm Oil is used in most things we use daily for example palm oil is in VO5 shampoo, Lynx spray, Simple products and Flora products.
We, as a class are not happy with this and as part of our Action Project we have adopted an Orang Utan to try to help with their conservation. We also would like for people in our school community to be more aware of this issue and try to use an alternative to a product that has Palm Oil in it whenever possible. This will help save the Orang Utans and many other animals that live in the rainforests.
We would like to thank Ms. Deeney, for giving us permission to go on our trip, Orlagh in Dublin Zoo for all her help and Ms. Maher & Ms. Moran for coming with us.”