Free Computer Classes for Adults:

Coming Soon: Free Computer Classes:

The “Digital Skills for Citizens” programme will run five 2 hour sessions in the school. It starts on Tues 14th March from 4:30 – 6:30pm. The other dates will be 21st and 28th March, 4th April, with one final date to be confirmed. Spaces limited so get in touch via phone (01 8038069) or email (adultedpcs@gmail.com) to book a place.

McVerry Foundation Visit.

Miss Breen’s tutor class ID and Miss Richardson’s Home –economics class together raised €399.60 for the Peter Mc Verry Homeless Foundation. Some students baked delicious treats and sold their produce and others sold tags for the remembrance tree. A representative from the foundation came in to school to explain to students how they spent the money we donated. Congratulations to all students involved.

College and Beyond – Opportunities for Women in STEM.

Thanks to Emma, Anna and Lauryn and Ms O’Kane and Mr Farrell for attending and reporting on a conference centered on women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

On Tuesday October 25th 4th 5th and 6th year girls from around the country descended on the National Concert Hall in Dublin for a talk about opportunities for women in STEM. In the lobby of the concert hall we were free to walk around and talk to representatives from a variety of universities and organisations. Once inside we were introduced to four women, each in a different area of the STEM acronym.

They each spoke to us about their backgrounds in their respective areas and how they progressed to be where they are today. Eva Duffy spoke to us about her background in science, from her schooling, to her degree in biochemistry and to how she came to work for Alexion. Jacky Fox filled us in on her career in a technological field, including her work in a Security and Forensic lab with Deloitte. Marguerite Sayers is the Managing Director for ESB and Fiona Royce, the final speaker works in data analytics for Deutsche Bank.

Each speech was very informative and it was interesting to hear about the different career paths of each woman. At the end there was a discussion panel where they each answered questions that had been sent in from the audience in front of them. It was inspiring to hear their stories and how they rose to such high positions and, it was great to hear them answer questions, that I think it is safe to say were on everybody’s minds. They each went about things in very different ways but their main advice in the end was to choose subjects, courses and career paths that you find interesting and enjoy. The passion and enthusiasm they each had for their work struck me hugely and that is definitely something that I think we should all aspire to.

Our Debating Year.

The Concern Senior Debating Competition for 2016/2017 has come to an end for Portmarnock Community School. Our final debate took place in Mount Anville Secondary School in Goatstown on Monday evening where we opposed the motion ‘The EU should be disbanded.’ Both teams presented thought-provoking arguments and Mount Anville’s proposing team emerged as victors. Cormac Donnelly captained the PCS team and was joined by David Carey, Robert Richmond and Ailbhe Quearney. 

Ms Bradley and Mr Cogavin would like to sincerely thank all the students who have participated in this year’s debating competition – debaters, researchers and indeed supporters! We were delighted that so many students got the opportunity to sample debating this year – Aoibhe Dillon, Cormac Donnelly. Ailbhe Quearney, Robert Richmond, Aoife Holton, David Carey, Alanah Gargan and Shaun Dinan all took to the podium this year and were supported by researchers Matthew Walton, Florence Okojie and Joseph Sheppard.

Adult Education

Our enrolments are still available for the Spring term. You can enrol online using the easy payments button at the side of the page, or if you have any queries please call 018038069 or email adultedpcs@gmail.com for more info. The Adult Ed section of the website is now updated with a list of classes running and those in need of more students.