Holocaust Survivors Celebrated in PCS.

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Holocaust Candles
On Monday the 26th of January Portmarnock Community School celebrated our annual Holocaust Memorial day.  This year’s theme was “Liberation” and the students focused on those who lived, despite incredible odds, through almost unimaginable horror to be living witnesses to the evil that people can visit on one another.
Thanks to all of the students who took part; to Ms. O’Driscoll and the members of the senior choir; to Mr. Maynes and to Ms. O’Brien for all their work to ensure the memorial day was a success. See the ‘Flicker Stream for more photographs and below for a recording of ‘Who Will Speak’ by the choir.

Arrangements for next two weeks.

Classes will end at 3.25 on Monday 2 February to facilitate a Staff Development Meeting. Classes will end at 11.55 on Wednesday 4 and 11 to facilitate the mock aurals. Classes will end at 3.25 on Thursday 5 February to facilitate the Second Year PT Meeting which had to be postponed. The PT meeting is between 4.15 and 6.45.

PCS celebrates Mary Ward Week with Loreto schools around the world

Mary Ward
This week sees the celebration of ‘Mary Ward Week’ in all Loreto and Loreto associated schools around the world. Here in Ireland there are five Community Schools that have Loreto connections. These connections are to do with the joint trusteeship that involves the Loreto Education trust on the Boards of Management of each of these community schools. Portmarnock Community School happens to be one such school. We are proud and happy to be part of the Mary Ward Week celebrations here in PCS.

So far this week, the Mary Ward story of the development of Loreto education over four hundred years has been told to the First Year classes at Assembly. Links and connections were highlighted with friends in Loreto schools in our area such as Swords, Balbriggan and St. Stephen’s Green. The First Years also enjoyed a free raffle in honour of Mary Ward.

Thanks to Mr. Higgins, one of our Art teachers, a newly refurbished Mary Ward area has been unveiled in the A Compound. Each day this week Thought for the Day over the PA system has been focusing on one of Mary Ward’s key influential words for Loreto education – they are Freedom, Justice, Sincerity and Joy.

Mary Ward Week will conclude on Friday with a special thought for the day focusing on the value of Reflection in our lives.

PCS Athletes do us proud!

Athletes at ALSAA

Ms Bunnett reports:

We set off early on the 23rd of January for the North Leinster Championships in ALSAA. Thankfully the rain held off and we had the perfect conditions for cross country racing, fine bright and mild. The first race, the minor girls saw Lara McEvoy finish in 12th position – an excellent start to the day. The day continued well with the Portmarnock minor boys putting in a strong performance and Aaron Cullen finishing in a fantastic 5th position. Craig Giles had a stunning race in the Junior Boys finishing 2nd. A great return from injury. The intermediate boys and senior girls performed well although some injuries returned to challenge performances. Eoin Keating finished the day off wonderfully with his 6th position in the Senior boys event. Congratulations and well done to Aaron Cullen, Harry MacKeogh, Connor Archer, Mark Morris, Craig Giles, Steven James, Johannes Borris, Eoin Keating, Lara McEvoy, Alannah Byrne, Cara McDowell, Aishling Moore, Fia Donnelly and Charlie Fagan. (Well done too to Ms Bunnett and Ms McQueen).

Adult Education Enrolments

The final Walk In Enrolments take place in the school on Monday night, 19th January, from 7:30-8:30pm. As a Community School we endeavour to serve the full community with Educational, Social and Leisure opportunities. Why not check out our full brochure here, or look under the Adult Education tab above for more information?

Online enrolments available by clicking here

Mapathon.

Map Lesotho

This Friday PCS students will host a mapathon with Fingal CC.
Students and teachers from Loreto Balbriggan, St.Finian’s Swords, St. Joseph’s Rush, Web Lesotho planners and Red Bank High school Chattanooga will participate. We have 83% of Lesotho mapped and we hope this event will complete the project.

Aonghus McAnally on stage.

Aonghus with TY Students

Aonghus McAnally with TY Students, Ms Deeney and Ms Norris.

Portmarnock Community School were delighted to welcome Aonghus McAnally to talk to the Transition Year group. Aonghus reminisced on his years in the school from 1993-1999 where he had played the role of Gar in ‘PHILADELPHIA HERE I COME!’. Aonghus currently works as an actor and director/producer and has established his own theatre company. Aonghus stressed the importance of getting involved in all sorts of new experiences, as he said, ‘of stacking the deck in your favour’. A very sound piece of advice that Aonghus gave was that ‘The harder you work, the luckier you get’. We wish Aonghus well with his forthcoming tour. He will be performing In The GAA club in Portmarnock on May 30th.

ADULT EDUCATION ENROLMENTS

Enrolment takes place in the School next Monday 12th, Tuesday 13th, and Monday 19th from 7:30-8:30pm.

Wide variety of courses available on both Tuesday Evenings and Saturday Mornings.Our Spring Term brochure can be viewed here.

Our On-line enrolment is available by clicking here or the EasyPayments button on this page.

Remember: Education is a lifelong process!