Siemens Factory Visit.


On Tuesday 25th October a group of 4th Year Engineering students, together with their teachers Mr. Croghan and Mr Sweeney visited the Siemens Healthineers facility in Swords. The factory produces diagnostic equipment for the healthcare industry and during the visit students were taken through the production process from manufacture, assembly and testing of equipment widely used in hospitals and laboratories which analyses blood samples for preventative purposes as well as screening for infectious diseases.

The visit was extremely informative, educational and enjoyable and we would like to thank the management and staff at Siemens for their kind invitation, welcome and for taking time in their busy schedules to show us around. The facility in Swords has been contributing to the local community for the last 50 years.

Horror Story Competition.


The winners of the six word horror story competition were:

1Conor Egan

Silently it waited, then one night…

2. Khevish Ramburrun

Stop, stop I’m still alive!

3. Kevin Oliver

The crawling sensation of death lurked

4. Sean Hunt.

I keep souvenirs, some still cry

Well done to the hundreds who entered and thanks to Ms McWilliams for organising a very popular competition.


Be very careful on entering the library at Halloween! Check out the ‘Macbeth’ inspired display.


Friendship Week.


Our Annual Friendship Week runs from Monday 24 -28 October and includes lots of positive events and messages throughout the week encouraging empathy and kindness. img_0259It all culminates on Friday with our now famous Friendship Concert which is full of fun and talent and organised by the Music Students under the direction of Ms O’Driscoll and with the support of Mr Maynes and Ms McGlynn.


Academic Awards Evening.


Despite a power cut the students who were invited to receive their hard earned awards for academic achievement shone with pride in front of their supportive parents and guardians. On Thursday 20 October the Leaving Certificate, Junior Certificate, Short Course and Student of the Year achievers heard inspiring speeches form our special guests; Lieutenant David Melvin, Troop Commander Colm Fahy and Mr Donal O’Mahony who returned to fittingly present the short course awards.

For full details please click here or go to ‘Academic Achievement’ above.

BT Young Scientist – Two Teams Qualify for the finals!


Congratulations to our teams who qualified for the BTYST in January 2017. This arduous process has been mentored by Mr Fitzgerald and Ms Cronin along with many others. The students who have put many hours of effort into their projects are: Ravikanth Gollapalli, Colin McAndrew, Darragh Bolger, Sam Barlow, Emma Forde, Tom Finnucane, Orla Curtis-Davis, Cormac Donnelly, Joe Julian-Grace and Luke Peyton. We wish them all the best in the lead up to the finals.

Parents Association Bag2School Fundraiser.


Portmarnock Community School is having a Bag2School Fundraiser. This is an opportunity to sort through your wardrobes and cupboards and donate any unwanted quality textiles. All funds raised from this collection will go to the school and will benefit your son or daughter directly. Furthermore an additional 10% of all funds raised goes to the LauraLynn Foundation. So Let’s get collecting !

WHAT WILL BE COLLECTED: We accept the following Quality items for Re-Use… Adult & Children’s clothing Shoes & Boots (matching pairs only) Hats, Belts & Ties Handbags Soft Toys Bags can be dropped to the P.E. hall (upstairs) on 14th 15th and 16th of November during school hours only. The Bag2School team will come and collect all the bags early on the Morning of the 17th.

WHAT WE CANNOT ACCEPT… Duvets, Bedding, Towels. Household linen Pillows and Cushions Carpets, Rugs and Mats (including both shower and toilet mats) Soiled or Wet Clothing Corporate Clothing & Workwear Textile off cuts, yarns or threaded material. NB. If any of these items are contained in the collection they will be weighed and Bag2school will deduct the weight equivalent from the total funds. COLLECTION BAGS… While we are sending home a Collection Bag with each student, we will also gladly accept other bags – black bin liners are ideal. Please try to fill as many bags as you can, don’t forget to ask grandparents, friends and neighbours !! YOUR HELP WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED .

The LauraLynn foundation receive an additional 10% of the total we receive from Bag2School. Thanks in advance from the Parents Association

Congratulations Caoimhe O’Connor!


Dublin LGFA are delighted to announced that Dublin U16 player Caoimhe O’Connor from Clontarf GAA club is this years worthy recipient of the Leinster Young Player of the year Award.

Caoimhe was instrumental for Dublin this year and played a pivotal role in Dublin winning their seventh consecutive Leinster Crown.

The diminutive forward has to date collected provincial medals at U14 (2014) and U16 level (2015, 2016) with Dublin.

Ali O’Keefe wins for Ireland.


My name is Ali O’Keeffe. I am 15 years old. On the September 8th I flew to Glasgow to represent Ireland in the Japan Karate Shoto World Championships 2016.

We flew to Glasgow on Thursday and we stayed in the Days Inn Hotel. I had two events on Friday. In my first event I performed in Family Kata with my Dad and my Sister, we came third! Then, about two hours later, I had my second event. I competed in Team Kumite where I fought against an English girl, I beat her!

The next morning, 10th September, I competed in three more events and came fourth in all of them! After the competition, we met the rest of our team and the next morning we flew back to Ireland. I was upset that my weekend was over but very happy I got to achieve my dream – and won two bronze medals! I can’t wait for the next World Championships!

Thank you to Sensei Dermot O’Keeffe, our coach! There are lots more competitions coming up – Let’s go JKS Ireland!