¡Enhorabuena chicos!

The second years who study Spanish had a talk by the Education Adviser from the Spanish Embassy in Ireland. He talked about different aspects of Spanish culture such as food, literature, history as well as discussing some facts about the Spanish economy. At the end of the talk the students had a quiz in groups to test their understanding.

The talk was greatly enjoyed by students. Here is a picture of the proud winners with their diplomas. ¡Enhorabuena chicos!

Science through Spanish.

Last week, some 5th year students studying Spanish accompanied by their teachers Ms. Cosgrove and Ms. Leggett, went to the Spanish Institute in Dublin 2. We attended a course in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Spanish. Students rotated through 4 different lab-tables in which they performed different experiments with ingredients such as milk, eggs, vegetables and fruit. These experiments were coordinated by four scientists from the SEBBM (the Spanish Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Society).

The students really enjoyed combining their Science knowledge and Spanish and there was a great excitement when students managed to fry an egg using cold ethanol and made an egg bounce like a rubber ball with the use of vinegar!

We hope this trip inspired students to see the uses of studying a foreign language in school and how it can be used in a very wide variety of career paths.

Numeracy Week in PCS.

Numeracy week takes place from Monday 6 March. It aims to further raise awareness of the importance of problem solving skills and how they can be applied in everyday situations. There will be puzzles to be solved, prizes to be won and the unveiling of our Numeracy Board.

Thanks to the Numeracy Committee of teachers and Mr Murphy’s Numeracy Team of TY students.

Visit the library during the week and look out for the table in the assembly Hall on Friday.

As part of our numeracy week there will be a ‘guess the number of sweets in the jar’ challenge, the winner will be the person who guesses correctly or who is closest to.

The jar of sweets will be displayed in the assembly hall on Friday and email Ms Maguire with your answer. One entry per student. Good luck.
There will be a treasure hunt around the school on Friday clue sheets will be available from the library.

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.