Monday 13 November marks the beginning of Stand UpWeek in Irish schools. At PCS we are promoting understanding and tolerance of LGBT+ issues this week through visual and spoken messages. For more information go to the BelongTo website.
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.
The students of Global Citizens Mapping the Future who won the SAGE World Cup this Summer for their Social Innovation Project were honoured in Leinster House this week. Thanks to Darragh O’Brien TD for hosting the group and for his support.
Our annual celebration of the deep talent in Portmarnock Community School took place on Friday 27th October. The Concert is the highlight of Friendship Week and features singers, groups, musicians, dancers and others. The students are given an opportunity to show their talent in a supportive environment which encourages others to get involved. Thanks to Ms O’Driscoll, Ms McGlynn, Mr Maynes, Mr Murphy and all of the students for their hard work. We also had a visit from Sam Maguire to cap a great day in PCS.
Well done to recipients of Academic Awards who were celebrated for their hard work and achievements in the State Exams on Thursday 19th October. This evening of celebration’s guest speaker was Michael Staines. Details and images can be seen here.
Congratulations to all 30 students who competed in the Cross-Country Race in the Phoenix Park yesterday. Individual winners were; Naoise Cullen 1J (2nd), Maximilian Kelly (1st), Aaron Cullen (2nd) and Craig Giles (1st). Team winners were both the Senior Girls and the Senior Boys’ Teams won the team events.. Both have won Perpetual Trophies that will be engraved and displayed in the school.
The First year girls team narrowly missed medals and placed 4th overall – with more training as a team I am sure they will place soon. Special mention must go to Rhys Chapman 3N and Jamie O’Hanlon 3C who jumped up to the Senior Boys. They nearly doubled their distance but, with their help, the Senior Boys’ won best overall Team.
Thanks to Ms Malone and Ms McDonald who have established PCS as an athletics force to be reckoned with.
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.
The postponed Sixth Year Parent Teacher Meeting is now on Thursday November 30th 4.15 to 6.45. The Transition Year PTM scheduled for that day is now cancelled.
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.
Well done to the students who collected goodies,costumes and masks for a party organised by Ms O’Toole for the homeless.