Congratulations to Mark Nolan, Kate Hawkshaw and Daniel Burke who placed fifth out of 37 teams in the National Irish Applied Mathematics Competition.

There is a full Transition-year update on the TY notices section of the website here. Parents / guardians please note the DIT Computing Academy opportunities in late May.

Wednesday was a remarkable day in Portmarnock Community School with the Walk in My Shoes fundraiser for St. Patrick’s University Hospital teenage mental-health service and the tremendous talent shown at the Variety Show One Night Only with students and teachers displaying all that is good in the school. There are over eighty photos in the stream on the right. 

A common thread were the Transition Year students who brought both events together on the day. Special credit goes to Ms. O’ Driscoll’s TY music class who put so much work into the planning and execution of the variety show. Almost €2,000 was raised between the two events. The Variety show money is going directly to Chernobyl Children International.

Second-year Assembly

Photo and Video credits: Ms. O’ Driscoll, Mr. Clarke and Mr. O Mahony

…One Night Only…Walk in my Shoes, 2nd Year Assembly & Orangutans too…

There is a full Transition-year update on the TY notices section of the website here.

Mr. McNeive has written an account of the recent successes of the Volleyball teams in the school. There are photos in the stream on the right and the full account can be read here.

13289657704_53c4f0850b_mThe variety show, One Night Only, is taking place on Wednesday 26th March at 7.30pm. Tickets are €6 for a student/O.A.P’s, 2 for €10, adults are €8 and a family (2 adults and 2 students) is €20. Tickets are selling out fast so buy them quickly. They will be sold throughout the week at break times. There is also a surprise teacher act on the night so make sure you are there.Tickets will NOT be on sale at the door. Proceeds go to Chernobyl Children International.

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The Walk in my Shoes fundraiser will be held on Wednesday 26th March – Students and teachers who bring in €2 can wear their shoes in as funky a way as they wish. Funds raised will help provide: Mental health services to vulnerable young adults who otherwise could not afford them, Provide a Support & Information Line manned by mental health professionals and Enhance existing Young Adult Services at St. Patrick’s University Hospital. 

orang_utanClass 3G write “On Wednesday the 5th of March 2014 our C.S.P.E. class, 3G went on a visit to the Zoo with Ms. Moran and Ms. Maher as apart of our C.S.P.E. action project. When we arrived at the Zoo on Wednesday morning our class went to the Educational Center to meet our tour-guide, Orlagh. Orlagh told us about the animal we wanted to see, the Orangutans. Orlagh also told us that in the last ten years over half of the population of Orangutans has become extinct because of the cutting down of rain forests for the use of palm oil. Each year around 18 million tonnes of palm oil is produced and shipped around the world. Palm oil is used in most things we use daily for example palm oil is in VO5 shampoo, Lynx spray, Simple cream and flora butter. As apart of our action project we wanted to adopt an Orangutan, we also would like for people in our school community to try to use an alternative to a product that has palm oil in it. This will help save the orangutans and many other animals natural habitats.

Watch our students and teachers, featured on the evening news, on RTÉ recently (here).

HSEHSE  Vaccinations, Tuesday March 25th: MMR, 1st and 2nd years, HPV, 1st and 6th year girls, Tdap, 1st year boys. Some parents/guardians have received correspondence from the HSE – please read it carefully. If you are involved please do not organise anything else on that day. The school facilitates the time and space for the vaccinations. All queries about the vaccination itself are to be referred to the Health Service Executive, Coolock 01-816 4259.

Lesotho 2015

lesothoThere will be an information meeting on Thursday March 20th for all students and parents who have expressed an interest in committing to the 2015 Lesotho project. The meeting will be in the school assembly hall at 7.30 and at least one parent / guardian should attend.

2K: CSPE Action Project

Mr. Clarke writes…“This is a video by 2K CSPE class in which the nightmare of waking up in school in a very questionable ‘onesie’ is used to promote the concept of bringing the good energy saving habits of home with us to school. This is a small part of a major survey and awareness raising project which 2K are organising to help save energy in our school. It will be submitted to the SEAI ‘One Good Idea’ competition as a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch shortly. Thanks to the students of 2K and Mr McDermott and to all who took time to fill out the survey.”

Vaccinations update / Lesotho 2015 and more…

Many photos have been added to the Flickr Photostream on the right. The Student Council organised a very enjoyable quiz for the fifth years on Thursday. Thanks to the students and Ms. D. O’Brien for their hard work to add to what has been a very uplifting Mental Health Awareness Week. There are also photos from Dublin Airport where the choirs and the Trad Group and Dancers made visitors to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day welcome. You may have seen them on the RTÉ news on Friday night. Thanks to all the students involved and Ms. O’ Driscoll, Ms. McGlynn and Mr. Maynes. The photo credits are to Ms McGlynn.

HSEHSE  Vaccinations, Tuesday March 25th: MMR,  1st and 2nd years, HPV , 1st and 6th year girls, Tdap 1st year boys. Some parents/guardians have received correspondence from the HSE – please read it carefully. If you are involved please do not organise anything else on that day. The school facilitates the time and space for the vaccinations. All queries about the vaccination itself are to be referred to the Health Service Executive, Coolock 01-816 4259.
Lesotho 2015
lesothoThere will be an information meeting on Thursday March 20th for all students and parents who have expressed an interest in committing to the 2015 Lesotho project. The meeting will be in the school assembly hall at 7.30 and at least one parent / guardian should attend.

D.I.T. Computing academy

dit_logoApplication is online via the Dublin Institute of Technology here. This is an excellent opportunity for TY students to end their year with some very positive learning experiences. The Academy will run from 27th to 31st May 2014.

St. Patrick’s University Hospital

wimsThanks to all members of staff from the Hospital and the youth-panel from YES, their Youth Empowerment Service for their presentation to Transition-year students at the Hospital today. In two weeks time we will be holding Walk In My Shoes as a TY fundraiser for their teen mental health services. Parents, Guardians, Teachers and Students can read their Teen-Mental-Health Pack here.