This is the fourth container that we will dispatch and will see significant support being delivered to the communities at Hlalele and Roma. We have already secured substantial donations; pallets of paint, curtains, books, hospital furniture, medical supplies and equipment.Lesotho Science Equipment

Art students need the following materials: Mounting boards, Scissors, Glue sticks, White School Glue, Pencils, Erasers, Pencil sharpeners, 6″ x 9″ hard plastic trays, Plastic 6-well paint trays, Brushes.


Linen, Curtains, Needles, Thread, Wool, Sewing Machines, Embroidery Machines, Cloth, Tailor’s Chalk, Quilts, Lining, Books on quilt making/sewing/embroidery/knitting.

Babies clothes

Sports equipment / Swing ball / Clothing

Soaps / Toothbrushes / Cleansing Products, Towels 

Stainless steel sheeting for kitchen at Roma.

Toys / games / balloons / bubbles.

Musical Instruments

Insulation for Building Construction

Stand Up!

Stand Up! Week tackles homophobic and transphobic bullying by increasing awareness, friendship and support for LGBT students by other students. It is supported by the DES and all major educational interests. We are reflecting on issues of tolerance each morning this week. Click here for further information.


Well done to the 1st and 2nd Year Girls spikeball teams in qualifying for the Regional Finals after Friday’s Blitz held in PCS.

Two first year teams and one 2nd year team had qualified from the previous round. After some tough battles against rival schools Mercy Coolock, Pres Terenure, and Colaiste Bride Clondalkin, the 2nd Year team managed to win 2 of their 4 games to secure a qualification spot. The team consisted of Caitlin Murphy, Niamh Brown, Lara McEvoy, Roisin Hughes, Niamh Duggan and Lily Yu.

The 1st year teams improved with every game, and eventually the PCS A team managed to secure qualification with 2 wins and a draw from their 5 games. The team consisted of Rebecca Cooke, Ciara Mullin, Hollie Tobin, Kelly McDonnell, Aoibheann O’ Dwyer, Sophie Courtney, and Emily O’Shea.

Team photos in the photo stream.



To mark the tragic events in Paris last weekend our Head Boy Sam Cox, Head Girl Caitlin Kernan and a French Fifth Year student Sylvain Champain offered a reflection over the PA system at 11.00am. During this time of reflection they asked students to take out their phones and take a selfie. Students are to upload this selfie when they go home this evening to their Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram pages with the message “Vive la France, Vive la Rebublique” by way of showing solidarity and support for the people of Paris The hashtag for the Twitter page is #pcsremembersfrance1311.

There was is also a book of condolence in the assembly area today from 11.00. Students and staff are welcome to sign this book and we will present it to the French Embassy.

Thanks to Ms Clarke for organising this poignant event.

Piano Marathon.

piano marathon

Recently the piano marathon struck just the right note as music rang out throughout the school to accompany students and teachers to their classes. Students from all year groups took part in the marathon, which was being held to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society. The day was organised by Ms O’Driscoll’s TY music class, and they are delighted to announce that the total funds raised on the day was 255 euro. Well done to all involved.

Ireland vs Bosnia and Herzegovina – Reporters Wanted!

Here are a couple of previews for tonight’s match from Ms Bradley’s Media Literacy class:RTE Preview- http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2015/1116/742171-preview-ireland-v-bosnia-herzegovina/

UEFA preview – http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/qualifiers/season=2016/matches/round=2000447/match=2018082/prematch/preview/

If any students are attending the match we’d love to receive a match report. The best report will be published on the website and the author will win a prize. Email your entries to:abradley@portmarnockcommunityschool.ie by Friday 4pm


Well done to the 2nd and 3rd Year Handball teams that competed in today’s North Dublin Blitz. 4 teams from PCS took on 4 teams from St. Fintan’s and 4 from Colaiste na Hinche (Betttystown). One of the PCS teams reached the final, narrowly losing to Colaiste na Hinse. This team comprised of Sean Gibson, Dawid Brutenek, Ben Savage and Sam Barlow. Well done to all involved. Full report to follow.

Science Week in PCS


Met Office

As well as quizzes and displays we had visitors from the Met Office; Joanna Donnelly and Harm Luijk with fascinating instruments and explanations of how our weather is recorded and forecasted. The Science of Sweets showed the molecular structure of sweets.
The Science of sweets image imageThanks to Ms Woods, Ms Clynes, Ms Maguire,Ms Richarson and all of the teachers and students who helped out this week.

Geography Fieldwork Trip Report by Saoirse Turley.

Geography Fieldtrip

On Friday 2nd October 2015, all of Ms. Moran’s Sixth Year Geography classes went on our Fieldwork Trip. We went to our local beach in Portmarnock to study the different processes that exist in a coastal environment, such as Longshore Drift, Deposition and Erosion.

We had two tasks to complete. The first was a Wave Survey. This involved us finding out the direction of Longshore Drift by watching how an orange moved in the sea and also identifying the type of waves that were present on the day. This would tell us if the waves were depositing or eroding. The second task was a Beach Survey. In this task we identified and measured the different slopes on the beach along with analysing the size and roundness of the various materials on the beach. This would tell us about erosion and deposition.

It was a fun day out on the beach in the sunshine and we got some really good results that we can use to complete our Leaving Certificate Geographical Investigation work. (More images in the Flickr stream).