PCS commemorated the 1916 Rising on Thursday 28 April with an evening of music, drama and the spoken word combined with an exhibition. The evening proved to be powerful and thought provoking. The school choir and traditional group performed original arrangements and traditional songs setting the tone of reflection and celebration. The final piece was a spine-tingling version of ‘The Parting Glass’ by Emma Woodhead, Maedbh Donnelly, Rachel O’Dea, Amy Kenny, Rebecca Roche and Orla Burke.
The extracts ranged from the Proclamation to ‘Easter 1916’ by Yeats read beautifully by our students. An original one act play by the Thornbud Company directed by Caroline Flood asked the question – What happened when Pearse unveiled the Proclamation to his fellow revolutionaries?
The exhibition included a model of the GPO (thanks to the local cubs); a display of baked goods from the era by Ms Richardson; medals and memorabilia and a whole range of projects by our students on various aspects of the rising.
All agreed that the evening was a wonderful experience thanks to the direction of Ms O’Brien, technical support from Mr Maynes, musical direction from Ms O’Driscoll and Ms McGlynn and the participation of Ms O’Reilly and Ms Murphy.
As part of the week of reflection Ms O’Brien and Mr Cogavin organised a debate between their history classes. The motion was: ‘The 1916 rising was a complete failure and does not deserve to be commemorated’. Luke Peyton, Gerard Foran, Jacob Whelan and Tom Buckley debated and the level of preparation and grasp of history was impressive.
All information concerning state exams can be found at here.
The Junior Certificate Timetable can be found here and the Leaving Certificate Timetable here.
The project is the construction of an APP for smart phones that can be used for generating a call out emergency service in Lesotho. A second app is also being considered to promote tourism within Lesotho. IBM have agreed to give the students access to an online support which will help them generate codes and build the necessary layers on their app. Ravikanathn Gollapalli 4N
created the skeleton of the APP which is a very cleaver piece of work.
They have given them a direction to take project in the immediate future and will review their work. The IBM support comes from Fionn Lawlor and Simon McLoughlin, our students are as above and from the YSI team; Colin McAndrew, Darragh Bolger, Anbu Sundaradivelu and Ravikanathn Gollapalli.
The Guidance department shall be organising and administering a series of psychometric tests DATS (or Differential Aptitude Tests) for all 20016/2017 Transition Year students and current 3rd year students who have opted to go directly into 5th Year. The tests shall be taking place on Friday 26 August from 9.30 am to 3.00 pm approximately. Students are expected to arrive at the PE Hall (test centre) at or before 9.15 am.
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This article in ‘The Guardian’ has some useful advice on revision.
On Wednesday the First and Second Years are walking to raise funds for the school. Thanks to the Parents Association for their input and good luck to all of the students who are busy getting sponsorship and are in line for class and individual prizes.
Congratulations to the 2nd year boys Volleyball Cup team that qualified for the all – Ireland Semifinals by winning their quarterfinal group. The team won all three matches and showed great skill, perseverance and determination in the process. The results were 2-1 vs local rivals St. Fintan’s, 2-0 vs St. Rapheal’s Loughrea, and 2-1 vs Drumshanbo Vocational School.
The team members were Liam Wright, Conor McKeever (setters), Adam Hughes, Tom Dunne, Conor Archer, Josh Philips and Dawid Brutanek.
The semi final and final will take place on the same day.
Hard luck to the Shield team who, after winning their first game against Grange CC, lost narrowly to both teams from St. Rapheal’s Loughrea. The team came on in great strides over their three games and played some skillful 3 touch volleyball. The team members were Tyler McComiskey (capt.) Jack Quinn, Noah Sex, Jed Hazaymeh, Robert Ryan, Michael Hoey, Fintan Radford McGovern.