The scheduled Staff Training on Wednesday 1 March will now take place in school time so classes will finish at 11.25. The buses have been informed.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to book a place.
The best of luck to our TY students, parents, teachers and members of the Action Ireland Team who depart to Lesotho on Friday morning 10 February. The whole school community wishes you a safe, productive and joyous trip. You can follow their daily activities in the blog which can be accessed above and here.
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.
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.
The Mock Exams commence on Monday 6 February for Sixth Years and Tuesday 7 February for Third Years. You can download the timetable here.
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.
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 email@example.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.
Donal Kearney of Fingal Academy if Music visited PCS this week searching for talent. Look here to read Donal’s blog about the visit.