Incoming First Years Talk and Assessment Days.

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The Incoming First Years’ Talk for Parents and Guardians was on Tuesday 17 January in the Assembly Hall of the main school at 7.30pm. 

On Saturday 28 January we will be asking students to complete English, Irish and Maths papers. Previous years assessment tests are linked here: Gaeilge, English and Maths (Matamaitic as Gaeilge anseo).

On both Saturdays students are to be at the PE hall by 9.15am at the latest. Please do not enter the PE hall with your son/daughter to help the process.

Students will be finished at around 12.00am.

Students are to bring two dark pencils, a rubber, a ruler and pens. Uniforms or whatever they normally wear to school should be worn.

 

College and Beyond – Opportunities for Women in STEM.

Thanks to Emma, Anna and Lauryn and Ms O’Kane and Mr Farrell for attending and reporting on a conference centered on women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

On Tuesday October 25th 4th 5th and 6th year girls from around the country descended on the National Concert Hall in Dublin for a talk about opportunities for women in STEM. In the lobby of the concert hall we were free to walk around and talk to representatives from a variety of universities and organisations. Once inside we were introduced to four women, each in a different area of the STEM acronym.

They each spoke to us about their backgrounds in their respective areas and how they progressed to be where they are today. Eva Duffy spoke to us about her background in science, from her schooling, to her degree in biochemistry and to how she came to work for Alexion. Jacky Fox filled us in on her career in a technological field, including her work in a Security and Forensic lab with Deloitte. Marguerite Sayers is the Managing Director for ESB and Fiona Royce, the final speaker works in data analytics for Deutsche Bank.

Each speech was very informative and it was interesting to hear about the different career paths of each woman. At the end there was a discussion panel where they each answered questions that had been sent in from the audience in front of them. It was inspiring to hear their stories and how they rose to such high positions and, it was great to hear them answer questions, that I think it is safe to say were on everybody’s minds. They each went about things in very different ways but their main advice in the end was to choose subjects, courses and career paths that you find interesting and enjoy. The passion and enthusiasm they each had for their work struck me hugely and that is definitely something that I think we should all aspire to.

Our Debating Year.

The Concern Senior Debating Competition for 2016/2017 has come to an end for Portmarnock Community School. Our final debate took place in Mount Anville Secondary School in Goatstown on Monday evening where we opposed the motion ‘The EU should be disbanded.’ Both teams presented thought-provoking arguments and Mount Anville’s proposing team emerged as victors. Cormac Donnelly captained the PCS team and was joined by David Carey, Robert Richmond and Ailbhe Quearney. 

Ms Bradley and Mr Cogavin would like to sincerely thank all the students who have participated in this year’s debating competition – debaters, researchers and indeed supporters! We were delighted that so many students got the opportunity to sample debating this year – Aoibhe Dillon, Cormac Donnelly. Ailbhe Quearney, Robert Richmond, Aoife Holton, David Carey, Alanah Gargan and Shaun Dinan all took to the podium this year and were supported by researchers Matthew Walton, Florence Okojie and Joseph Sheppard.

Adult Education

Our enrolments are still available for the Spring term. You can enrol online using the easy payments button at the side of the page, or if you have any queries please call 018038069 or email adultedpcs@gmail.com for more info. The Adult Ed section of the website is now updated with a list of classes running and those in need of more students.

Well done to our Young Scientists!


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Well done to our students and teachers – they represented PCS so well over the last few days and ‘Map A Difference’ was awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ Award. There was great interest in both projects from the public, organisations and judges.

We had two teams representing PCS in the BTYST this week. Tom Finnucane, Colin McAndrew and Sam Barlow are the team behind ‘Map a Difference’ – a study of spatial data and its applications. Ravi Gollapalli and Darragh Bolger were heading up ‘Mobile Emergency – International Solutions’.

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Visit http://btyoungscientist.com/ for more information and to keep up to date with their progress. Check the photostream images of the teams engaging with the crowds.

Our thanks to them, their parents, Mr Fitzgerald and Ms Cronin.

Fantastic Students.

2bAs a reward for raising the largest sum of money in last year’s Sponsored Walk, the Parents’ Association kindly funded a cinema trip for class 2B. On Wednesday 21st December the class went to see ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ accompanied by their tutor, Ms Bradley and Ms Glover. They had a great day and the students would like to sincerely thank the Parents’ Association for their generosity.