Athletics News.


On Wednesday 15th February 3 students competed in the Leinster Schools’ Cross-Country Championships in Santry Demesne. Maximilian Kelly 1F ran first in the Minor Boys’ 2000m race, he had an amazing race and was leading in parts of the heavily waterlogged course. It was a tough race and he finished an impressive 7th place, that strong finish qualifies him to compete in the All-Irelands.  Two students competed in the Inter Boys’ race – Aaron Cullen 3F and Craig Giles 4G. Both athletes were recovering from injury and illnesses so the nerves were palpable.

 

Both boys had a great start and kept up with the leading group through the tough 4500m race. Craig was the first to finish in 6th place and followed quickly by Aaron in 14th place. These great performances by both have qualified them for the All-Ireland which takes place in Newtownabbey in County Antrim on Saturday the 11th of March. The athletics club and school wish the three boys the best of luck at such a prestigious competition.

 

Training for Santry Track and Field Competitions will begin after mid-term on Friday mornings and Wednesday after school. A schedule of training for both track and field events will be put up on the ‘B Compound’ noticeboard after mid-term. New members of all abilities are welcome! Any questions see Ms. Malone.

 

PCS Swimming News.

5 students from PCS represented their school at the Leinster Schools 2017 swim gala; Cian Tighe, Lily Yu, Sean Church, Cillian O Sullivan and Emma Kelly. All of the students did their school proud. Cian Tighe won 3 gold medals for the 400 free style, 100 butterfly and the 100 free style.
There will be a national schools competition held in Dublin in May, this will be the top students from schools across the country representing their individual schools and province. Cian Tighe will be representing PCS at the National event.

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.

Well done to our Young Scientists!


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Well done to our students and teachers – they represented PCS so well over the last few days and ‘Map A Difference’ was awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ Award. There was great interest in both projects from the public, organisations and judges.

We had two teams representing PCS in the BTYST this week. Tom Finnucane, Colin McAndrew and Sam Barlow are the team behind ‘Map a Difference’ – a study of spatial data and its applications. Ravi Gollapalli and Darragh Bolger were heading up ‘Mobile Emergency – International Solutions’.

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Visit http://btyoungscientist.com/ for more information and to keep up to date with their progress. Check the photostream images of the teams engaging with the crowds.

Our thanks to them, their parents, Mr Fitzgerald and Ms Cronin.

Fantastic Students.

2bAs a reward for raising the largest sum of money in last year’s Sponsored Walk, the Parents’ Association kindly funded a cinema trip for class 2B. On Wednesday 21st December the class went to see ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ accompanied by their tutor, Ms Bradley and Ms Glover. They had a great day and the students would like to sincerely thank the Parents’ Association for their generosity.