YSI Winners!

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Congratulations and well done to the members of the Young Social Innovators project “Global Citizens Mapping the Future”.  On Tuesday the 3rd of February three representatives from the team; Anbu Sundar, Grace Mathew and Oliver Juchnevicius presented their project to a panel of judges at a Young Social Innovators Dragons Den sponsored by Vodafone. The team were awarded with €1000 in funding for their project and an invitation to an events management and marketing Social Innovation Camp in the Vodafone Headquarters in Dublin. Thanks to Ms Cronin and Mr Fitzgerald for coordinating the project. 

Adult Education: New Courses in Fashion Design, Digital Marketing, Mindfulness and Pregnancy Yoga

A beginners 6 week course in Fashion Design will begin on Tuesday 3rd March. Click here for details. Our Digital Marketing course will start next Tuesday 10th February. Ideal for anybody with their own business who would like to expand their customer base. Our 5 week Mindfulness course will begin on 10th March. Pregnancy Yoga also starts on Saturday 7th March.  More information under the Adult Education Tab.

Action Ireland off to South Africa.

Good luck and safe trip to all of the students, parents, community regulars and teachers who are winging their way to do amazing work in South Africa on Friday 6 February for two weeks. Keep clicking on the ‘South Africa 2015′ blog above which will be updated daily with sound and video of their experiences.

Debaters in buoyant form!

On Tuesday 3rd February, PCS hosted the debating team from Saint Kevin’s College, Finglas to debate the motion,  ‘Ireland’s commitment to tackling climate change is a load of hot air.  The PCS team proposed the motion and the audience were treated to passionate and intelligent speeches from Faolan McGovern Radford, Mark Nugent, Eoin Holton and Aisling Moore. The debaters from Saint Kevin’s College also provided lots of interesting and well-researched arguments and they brought a group of supporters along to watch proceedings which really added to the atmosphere.

The evening ended in victory for PCS – the third win in a row for the team. This was the fourth and final debate in the League Phase of the Concern Competition and we are hoping that our strong performance (three wins and one draw) will secure us a place in the next round of the competition.

Thanks to all the other members of the Senior Debating Club who provided lots of support and assistance to the team in the weeks leading up to the debate.

 

Portmarnock Fights Cancer.

 

Six past pupils have set up a foundation dedicated to the memory of their friend who died from cancer. In February 2013, Jack Dalton passed away, aged just 19, after a battle with Ewings Sarcoma. Portmarnock Fights Cancer comprises Orlagh Geoghegan, Aideen Walsh, Kate O’Hagan, Meggan Ward, Cameron Ward and Jack Comey. Click here for the full article in the ‘Dublin People’.They are running events to raise funds and would appreciate your support.

The Facebook page is here and details about the fundraising is here:Portmarnock Fights Cancer Leaflet

Debaters march on.

On Tuesday 20th January PCS travelled to Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green to debate the motion, Scotland should have voted for independence.’ The PCS team – Faolan McGovern Radford (captain), Mark Nugent, Eoin Holton and Aisling Moore – opposed the motion. Both teams offered well-researched and passionate arguments and the PCS team were delighted when the motion was unanimously defeated and they were declared winners of the debate.Thanks to all the other members of the Senior Debating Club who provided lots of support and assistance to the team in the weeks leading up to the debate.

Our next debate will be held in PCS on Tuesday 3rd February at 7pm.  We will host St. Kevin’s College Finglas to debate the motion ‘“Ireland’s commitment to tackling climate change is a load of hot air.” All support is welcome!

PCS celebrates Mary Ward Week with Loreto schools around the world

Mary Ward
This week sees the celebration of ‘Mary Ward Week’ in all Loreto and Loreto associated schools around the world. Here in Ireland there are five Community Schools that have Loreto connections. These connections are to do with the joint trusteeship that involves the Loreto Education trust on the Boards of Management of each of these community schools. Portmarnock Community School happens to be one such school. We are proud and happy to be part of the Mary Ward Week celebrations here in PCS.

So far this week, the Mary Ward story of the development of Loreto education over four hundred years has been told to the First Year classes at Assembly. Links and connections were highlighted with friends in Loreto schools in our area such as Swords, Balbriggan and St. Stephen’s Green. The First Years also enjoyed a free raffle in honour of Mary Ward.

Thanks to Mr. Higgins, one of our Art teachers, a newly refurbished Mary Ward area has been unveiled in the A Compound. Each day this week Thought for the Day over the PA system has been focusing on one of Mary Ward’s key influential words for Loreto education – they are Freedom, Justice, Sincerity and Joy.

Mary Ward Week will conclude on Friday with a special thought for the day focusing on the value of Reflection in our lives.

Holocaust Survivors Celebrated in PCS.

Holocaust Candles
On Monday the 26th of January Portmarnock Community School celebrated our annual Holocaust Memorial day.  This year’s theme was “Liberation” and the students focused on those who lived, despite incredible odds, through almost unimaginable horror to be living witnesses to the evil that people can visit on one another.
Thanks to all of the students who took part; to Ms. O’Driscoll and the members of the senior choir; to Mr. Maynes and to Ms. O’Brien for all their work to ensure the memorial day was a success. See the ‘Flicker Stream for more photographs and below for a recording of ‘Who Will Speak’ by the choir.

PCS Athletes do us proud!

Athletes at ALSAA

Ms Bunnett reports:

We set off early on the 23rd of January for the North Leinster Championships in ALSAA. Thankfully the rain held off and we had the perfect conditions for cross country racing, fine bright and mild. The first race, the minor girls saw Lara McEvoy finish in 12th position – an excellent start to the day. The day continued well with the Portmarnock minor boys putting in a strong performance and Aaron Cullen finishing in a fantastic 5th position. Craig Giles had a stunning race in the Junior Boys finishing 2nd. A great return from injury. The intermediate boys and senior girls performed well although some injuries returned to challenge performances. Eoin Keating finished the day off wonderfully with his 6th position in the Senior boys event. Congratulations and well done to Aaron Cullen, Harry MacKeogh, Connor Archer, Mark Morris, Craig Giles, Steven James, Johannes Borris, Eoin Keating, Lara McEvoy, Alannah Byrne, Cara McDowell, Aishling Moore, Fia Donnelly and Charlie Fagan. (Well done too to Ms Bunnett and Ms McQueen).