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.

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.

‘HAIRSPRAY’ is coming to PCS!

e7fefa8fac40348322c91342e208066dWe are delighted to announce that this years school musical is the hugely successful Broadway show and Hollywood movie, “Hairspray”. The musical will be taking place the week of the 3rd of April. Any student who wishes to take part and audition will need to check the audition pieces, listed below, on “You Tube” and practice over Christmas.
Auditions will take place on Tuesday the 10th and Wednesday the 11th of January. With a full cast rehearsal commencing on the Wednesday afternoon of the 11th.  A sign up sheet will go up on the musical notice board in the C compound on Monday the 9th of January.
 Each student who wishes to audition will be assigned a 5 minute slot at a time that suits them the best. Any student who may not want to audition for a part but wishes to be in the chorus it would be advisable to audition also so that the musical director hears your voice.
Get practicing everyone.
Girls audition pieces:
“I can hear the bells”
“Without love”
Boys audition pieces:
“Timeless to me”
“Without love”

Girls Spikeball

Well done to the 1st and 2nd Year Girls Spikeball teams. Both teams managed to qualify for the All-Ireland Competition to be held in January following the regional finals today (Monday). Both teams  finished 2nd in their groups before beating their opposition in the regional semi final stage to advance to the big day out in UCD where they will face 7 other schools from around the country. The teams were: 1st yr: Molly Johnston, Niamh Costello, Amy Gleeson, Ciara Whyte, Abbie Byrne, Eva Hakim, Danielle McFadden. 2nd Yr: Rebecca Cooke,  Ciara Mullin, Marina Krasteva, Emily O Shea, Sophie McGlynn. (Photos in photo stream)