Achieving Their Quota.

Congratulations to the Concern Debate Team who won their debate against an impressive Loreto On The Green team on Tuesday the 22nd of November, successfully proposing the motion that: “In order for women to access leadership roles there must be gender quotas.” Well done to the team of Evelin, Aodhan, Aaron and Laura and thanks to Mr Cogavin and Ms Bradley.

Science Week.

Emily O’Shea is a third year student her in PCS she attends the Trinity Walton Club and she has also taken part in STEM and ICE camps partnered with Bank of Ireland. Emily won best Maths project for Walton 1 and has exhibited at Inspirefest and Dublinmaker. Emily is speaking to assembly groups this week in support of Science week to show students how they can take part in the Science area outside of school. Other activities include Quizzes and displays and a visit to dunsink Observatory on Thursday night with thanks to Mr Murphy.

Country Crest Supporting PCS Project.

Josh Tighe Fitzgerald, Aaron Cullen and Adam Doyle visit Country Crest North County Dublin growers and food producers. Tony Doyle and Country Crest are helping students prepare their project for YSI  titled ‘Low Till High Tech’. The project looks at soil types and tilling and seed planting. Country Crest will recycle an old bicycle into a plough and the students will create a soil map of Lesotho.

Visit to Teagasc, Johnstown Castle, Wexford for the study of soil maps.

Entrance Exhibition Awards.

We offer our congratulations to the following students of the Class of 2017 who have been awarded Entrance Exhibition Awards by their universities as a result of their very high academic performance in the Leaving Certificate examination:

Christine Blott, Kate Fagan, Louise Fagan, Patrick Eccles and Ross Oglesby will receive awards from Trinity College and Roisin Dowd will receive her award from University College Dublin next week.

Concern Debate Workshop.

Four Transition year debaters – Evelin Balogh, Benedicta Keil, Sean Hunt and Aodhan Smyth – took part in a Concern Debate Workshop on Wednesday 25th October in the city centre. Students joined debaters from other schools and participated in lots of fun activities that focused on the key skills of debating. They discussed the use of reliable sources for research, they worked on how to effectively offer refutation and rebuttal and there were also some interesting walking debates where students considered whether or not Disney princesses are good role-models for young girls and whether or not MMA should be banned. 
The Senior Debating team will have three debates after the midterm break and are hoping to continue their winning streak! All support is welcome.

Swimming Success.

Lara Mcevoy, Sean Church, Cian O’Keeffe-Tighe, Cillian O’Sullivan & Lilly Yu represented Portmarnock Community School at the Leinster Schools swimming gala on Sunday 22 October at the National Aquatic Center.
The following are the results:
Lara McEvoy 100 breaststroke 1st, 200m individual medley 2nd, 400m freestyle 4th.
Sean Church 100 m breaststroke 1st, 200m individual medley 4th, 400 m freestyle 4th.
Cian O’Keeffe-Tighe 100 freestyle 1st, 400 m freestyle 3rd, 100 m individual medley 4th.
Cillian O’Sullivan 100 m breaststroke 3rd, 200m individual medley 3 rd, 100 IM 6th, 400 m freestyle 7 th.
Lily Yu 100 m butterfly 7 th, 100 m backstroke 12 th, 400m freestyle 13th.
Sean Church, Cian O’Keeffe-Tighe & Lara McEvoy will represent Leinster in the upcoming Schools Interprovincial Championships.