Easter…

We wish everyone a lovely Easter and hope that State-examination students make good use of the time to study and indeed take a rest.

Buy your tickets for Bugsy Malone 29th & 30th, April, 1st. & 2nd May – €30, Family. €10, Adult. €8 Student. Tickets are already selling fast with Friday night almost sold-out. Tickets will be available during the Easter Holidays on Wednesdays (16th and the 23rd) between 1 and 2 PM in the Reception Area.

Congratulations to the school swimming team who had tremendous success at the recent schools Gala in Coolmine. A full report will follow (image credit: Ms Malone).

The Third Annual Spelling Bee for our First Years was held recently. Each first year tutor class was represented by a team of 5. Mr Clarke was the Spelling Master. The English Department are very grateful to The Parents’ Association who very generously sponsored the prizes. There were Easons vouchers for the final four contestants and Easter Eggs for all participants! Photos in the photostream on the right!

Second-year Assembly

Spirit Week: The student council have organised a Spirit Week for the week beginning April 28th. There will be a number of fun activities throughout the week with prizes for participation and spirit.
Some Transition Year students will receive an innovative presentation on Road Safety from Max McKenna of Michelin on Monday 28th April. Max is well known in the UK for his use of puppets in schools presentations. You can read more here.
Girls over sixteen who play Gaelic Games may be interested in the following
“The Leinster development committee have launched a new Event management programme aimed at those aged 16 – 22 years.  This programme will be free of charge to those who are successful in their application.  It will consist of 2 training days held in a central venue in Leinster (most likely Dublin) where participants will complete the following;

  • ·         Fundamentals coaching certificate,
  • ·         Go Games refereeing certificate
  • ·         Event management module

Participants will then be required to organise a Leinster club blitz with the support of the Leinster development committee and will have to plan, promote, organise, manage the budget and report on the programme as a whole. This is a huge opportunity for those who wish to work or volunteer in the sports field in the future, and to gain real practical experience of sports development, event organisation, coaching and refereeing.” Contact:

Aisling Hubbard, Leinster Ladies Games Development Officer, Áras Laighean, Portlaoise, Co. Laois www.leinsterladiesgaelic.ie

Policies, Bugsy, State-examinations, Eco-UNESCO, Debating and Orang Utans…

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.

Debating 2013/2014

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 orang_utanmillion 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.”

Orals and Practicals…

Bugsy Malone tickets… On Sale!

Colour Survey Link here (Accessed on school email domain only).

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.

Class 2K recently participated in the One Good Idea project. It focused on raising awareness of energy efficiency and climate change in the community. Class 2K’s entry was My School, My Home and the aim of the project was to bring the good energy efficiency practices from home environment  to the school environment. Judging of Stage Three is now complete and the Top Twenty finalists have been chosen. Portmarnock Community School as represented by Class 2K have made the final! Well done to all concerned. The final awards ceremony will be on May 16th in The Mansion House, Dublin. Look at their video again!

2K: CSPE Action Project

The Ski-trip: Sam Cox writes “Every year the school tries to introduce new and exciting things to Transition year, but there are some events that are iconic aspects of the experience; the play, the Lesotho Project, the musical, Glendalough, the lack of homework and finally the Ski trip. Skiing is an exciting prospect to the Irish, who are excited by seeing small snowflakes outside their window. The idea of being surrounded by snow, let alone moving in it? Wow!” Read more here