A busy New Year – Key events update for January.

January 2018

Friday 19th         Staff Training. School will end at 12.30pm. 

Saturday 20th     Incoming First Year Assessments (See below)

Monday 22nd     TY Talk for Third Year Parents/Guardians. 7.30pm.

Tuesday 23rd      Staff Meeting. Classes start at 9.25.

                             First Year PTM in the PE Hall 4.15pm to 6.45pm. Classes finish at                                   3.15. 

Thursday 25th    CAO Talk for Sixth Year Parents/Guardians. 7.30pm.

Monday 29th      Junior Cycle Information Evening for Parents/Guardians of First                                  and Second Years. 7.30pm.

                             Mock Exams and TY Work Experience commence for two weeks.

February 2018

Thursday 1st     JCT Training Day – school closed for students.

Junior Cycle Information.


There will be an Information Evening for Parents/Guardians of First and Second Year Students on the new Junior Cycle Programme on Monday 29th January at 7.30pm. This will explain the principles, skills, assessments and practicalities of the Junior Cycle as they apply to your son/daughter.

Due to the Department of Education and Skills’ current changes to Junior Cycle, Grade Descriptors have now been included in the Christmas Exam Reports for subjects currently working within the new Junior Cycle Framework.

The following is an explanation of the Grade Descriptors, in line with the State Examination Commission’s grading of the Final Examination of Junior Cycle at the end of Third Year. These Descriptors will also be used on school reports for Junior Cycle students where appropriate.

Grade Descriptor Percentage

Distinction 90 – 100%

Higher Merit 75 – 89%

Merit 55 – 74%

Achieved 40 – 54%

Partially Achieved 20 – 39%

No Grade 0 – 19%

Incoming First Years Information Night and Assessment.


There will only be one day of assessment this year. It will take place on Saturday 20th January from 9.30am to 12.30pm. This involves a multiple choice assessment of Numerical, Verbal and Spatial Awareness skills and no preparation is necessary.

The doors of the PE Hall will open at 9.00AM  to accept the students.

Students should bring

  • the subject choice form
  • the Internet policy form
  • the medical condition form

Students should wear their present uniform and have pens, pencils, sharpeners and erasers. 

The PE Hall is the large building on the right as you enter the school. Cars may be parked in the basketball courts which are located on the right just before the sports hall.

Parents are asked that they do not enter the Hall with their children and are waiting at 12.30 to pick up their sons/daughters.


Lockers, Calendar and Booklists.

Lockers will be available through the EasyPayments portal on the website front page from Wednesday 23 August. Lockers will be assigned in the first few timetabled days.

The academic year calendar can be viewed here.

Booklists are available under ‘About Us’ at the top of the page or by clicking here.

For good advice if your child is anxious about starting secondary school click here.

New Deputy Principals.


                                                Date: Thursday 25 May 2017

Congratulations to Ms Orla Molamphy and Ms Helen Dargan who have been appointed as Deputy  Principals in Portmarnock Community School with effect from 1st September, 2017.