Best wishes to Ciaran Pachio 1N who is representing PCS in the Leinster Finals of the Mathlete Competition this weekend in Google HQ.
Next week PCS and schools across the country will be raising awareness in relation to the importance of acceptance and respect for everyone within their community. Stand Up Awareness Week tackles homophobic and transphobic bullying by encouraging friendship and acceptance between LGBT young people and other young people.
This initiative is being supported by bodies such as The Department of Education and Skills, the HSE, and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
For further details please see: www.belongto.org
Congratulations to our Young Social Innovators student who have reached the final of YSI with their “Humanitarian Mapping” project, #MapLesotho. They are shortlisted and will feature in the show case of YSI at The City West convention Centre on Wednesday May 9th. There were over 6,000 students entered from the outset so well done to Colin McAndrew, Grace Mathew, Cian Gargan, Matthew O’Driscoll, Anbu Sundara, Morgan Keane from TY and Oliver Juchnevicius from second year.
Good luck to all of our students who are being assessed for their orals and practical elements of various subjects over the next month. Please communicate with your relevant teachers with any queries and note the dates and times carefully.
More information to follow but, in the meantime, please watch our wonderful YSI Team present their project in Drogheda: MapLesotho (takes about 3 mins to download but well worth it!). Thanks go to Ms Cronin and Mr Fitzgerald for coordinating the team and to Sr Ger Mullen and the Ambassador for accompanying them on the day.
Well done to all 1st and 2nd yr players who participated in the national finals of the spikeball competitions, held Thurs 19th March in Trinity College. PCS sent three teams to the finals, mixed 1st and 2nd yr teams and a boys 1st yr team. All teams reached the semifinal stage.
The team members were as follows:
1st Yr mixed; Conor McKeever, Robert Ryan, Liam Wright, Glen McEvoy, Roisin Hughes, Lara McEvoy, Amy la Comber, Caitlin Murphy,
2nd yr mixed; Grace McKeever, Sarah Eccles, Niamh Carolan, Lucy Dickenson, Clara Courage, Ellen Wallnut, Emer Kenny, Ellen Daly, Emma Farrell, Ben Savage, Ben McMahon, Sean Dinan,
1st Yr Boys: Wei Li, Jamie Morris, Mark Morris, Adam Hughes, Rory O Loughlin, Zack Whelan, Conor Archer, Michael Hoey, Tom Dunne. Photos to follow.
The 1st yr team and u-14 team are still involved in volleyball competitions so training continue Tuesday and Thursday Lunchtimes.
On Thursday last the school attended The Thomas F Meagher Foundation presentation of The National Flag to schools from across the country. The national flag was ceremonially presented to representatives from over 300 schools by The President, Michael D Higgins.
PCS was represented by Mr. Donal Higgins, Mr. Niall FitzGerald, Cian Gargan, Meadbh Donnelly and Orla Burke who received the flag on behalf of PCS.
The President spoke passionately about cultural identity and the importance of our past heritage and the peace and reconciliation that now unites us a people. As an emerging diverse and multi cultural society our flag proudly represents a nation that is consolidated by peace and reconciliation.
The raising of a flag has been an integral part of our school routine thanks to Mr. Higgins so it was very fitting that we attended this historical event celebrating the founding of our flag by Thomas F Meagher and we now look to the future where the raising of the flag will continue to be an important event in our school life celebrating identity, culture and diversity.
Thanks to Mr Maynes, Ms Dolan, Ms O’Reilly, Mr Griffin and Ms O’Toole, Seachtain na Gaeilge ( 9-13 March) to was a week to remember. Posters, music, poetry and break time quizzes promoted a fun atmosphere around our language culminating in a First Year quiz organised by Ms O’Toole and Fifth Year assistants. Well done to all concerned.