Vaccinations.

First Year girls have received vaccination forms which should be returned to their tutors as soon as possible whether they are to receive the vaccinations or not. The packs they received contain all of the relevant information and all queries should be directed to the HSE : 01-8164259. The first vaccinations are on Monday 15th September. Call the number above if your daughter cannot attend on that date.

HSE Notice.

The HSE have issued an information circular in relation to the procedures for the very unlikely event of Ebola Virus incidents. There have been no cases in Ireland to date and the risk of Ebola virus disease arriving in Ireland is very low. The information is here.

Transition Year is open for business!

The new Transition Years had their Induction Day on Wednesday during which speakers outlined the exciting and plentiful opportunities ahead of them. All TY students and parents should keep an eye on the website for the latest information. Thanks to Mr. O’Mahony, Ms. Molamphy, Ms. Norris, the tutors and all of the teachers involved for their hard work in setting up what is sure to be a tremendous year.

First Year Induction Day.

Our new First Years enjoyed a fun day of activity thanks to the P.E. Department. Mr. Westbrooks, Mr. Mc Nieve and Ms. Malone along with Prefects organised nutrition lessons, team bonding sessions and active introductions to various sports. Well done to all concerned. Photos on the right.

Congratulations…

LC resultsCongratulations to all our Leaving Certificate students who achieved such excellent results today. We are proud of you all.

Pictured on the right are: Ciara Clarke, Cassie Hackett, Aine Fagan, Laura O’Connor and Íomar McManus (Photo credit: Mr. Clarke).

Thanks also to your parents, guardians and wider family supports, who held Sixth-year together for you and ensured space for study and rest.

Your teachers are really pleased with your results. By midday over half the teaching-staff had arrived in to review your grades. Their interest is a great sign of the commitment to teaching and learning in Portmarnock Community School.

If you wish to view your scripts please follow the instructions enclosed with your results today. The school is bound by the State Examinations Commission in how this takes place. The student must be present on the appropriate date/time of the viewing. All details are found in the Candidate Information Booklet here.

The Adult Education Brochure for the Autumn Term, beginning in September, is available in the Adult Education section of the website. The printed version will be available from local shops, libraries etc. from late August.

The Transition-year section of the website has been updated for 2014 / 2015. Third-year parents / guardians of students starting TY in September should look at the updated tips for Transition-year here. A few Third-year students are asking about insurance forms for work-experience next academic year. They are available as a hard copy outside the B1 Office.

The student-calendar for the first week of the 2014/2015 academic year is here. The full year calendar is here.

Please note the School Regulations regarding footwear have been updated (Number four here).

The book-lists are available here.

Adult Education

The Adult Education Brochure for the Autumn Term, beginning in September, is available in the Adult Education Section. The Printed version will be available from local shops, libraries etc. from late August.

Updated 29th July 2014.

The Transition-year section of the website has been updated for 2014 / 2015.

The Adult Education courses for Autumn 2014 can be found by scrolling down the Easy Payments Plus page here. The Adult Education page will be fully updated shortly.

The Leaving Certificate Results will be available for collection from 9AM in the A Compound on Wednesday 13th August 2014. Students, parents and guardians may like to familiarise themselves with the procedures for the State Examinations Commissions’ “Dial-up Result Service & Internet Service” by reading their Candidate Information Booklet here. Page Seven is particularly relevant.

The student-calendar for the first week of the 2014/2015 academic year is here. The full year calendar is here.

Please note the School Regulations regarding footwear have been updated (Number four here).

This is a copy of the letter (here) sent to all Parents and Guardians of incoming First-year students. If you did not receive it, please contact the school office to check contact details.

Third-year parents / guardians of students starting TY in September should look at the updated tips for Transition-year here. A few Third-year students are asking about insurance forms for work-experience next academic year. They are available as a hard copy outside the B1 Office.

Choir is an integral part of the life of the school and Ms. O’ Driscoll put together a piece on all of their activities during the year. You can read it here. Listen out in September for dates for rehearsals for 2014/2015.

Incoming First-years are especially welcome.

 

Thanks to Mr. Hand who prepared the following video for the recent Sixth-year Graduation. Its just over twenty-minutes long. Enjoy!

PCS made a contribution to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessments nccaStudent Voice ” initiative for the design of Short Courses for the Junior Cycle. It was just published (30th May) and can be viewed here. Thanks, in particular, to Ms. Tynan and her First-year Animation class who made this video last March. Mr. Clarke and Ms. Bradley teach the Media Literacy class. Thanks to all the students involved!

Malahide Yacht Club have  ”half-price” membership for any of our TY students who completed their ISA Level One training there recently. Please contact Therese Flavin, Centre-principal.

Nearly there!

Post updated, 28th May.

We were very sad to hear of the death of Fr. Martin Kenny, Chaplain here in the school during the late 1980′s and well into the 1990′s. Martin played a major part in the life of the school and was very active with GAA teams.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

2014 / 2015 booklists are available here.

Transition-year students, parents and guardians celebrated their end-of-year recently. You can read some of the many activities in the Prezi above. Congratulations to Faolán Radford McGovern who was named Student of the Year. Good luck to the four students from PCS and the two from St. Marys Baldoyle (who form one team) attending the Intel Ideation semi-Final and Final in Tullamore on Thursday. There are also some TY students ending their year as part of the DIT Computing Academy this week. Thanks to Mr. Clarke for the photos in our Flickr-stream. Thanks also to the Parents Association for their support of the TY evening.

Malahide Yacht CLub have  ”half-price” membership for any of our TY students who completed their ISA Level One training there recently. Please contact Therese Flavin, Centre-principal.

A few Third-year students are asking about insurance forms for work-experience next academic year. They are available as a hard copy outside the B1 Office.

The Parents’ Association will have their  Annual Book and Uniform Sale on Tuesday 24th June. Please note the day and date! Updated flyer here.

First, Second, Fourth and Fifth-year Exam timetables and Exam rules are hereThird-year Timetable (26th, 27th and 28th May here)

Transition-year evening for parents/guardians….

Transition-year parents and guardians are invited to a Celebration Evening for their children on Monday 26th May at 7.30PM.

The Parents’ Association have posted advance notice of the Annual Book and Uniform Sale on 25th June here.

First, Second, Fourth and Fifth-year Exam timetables and Exam rules are hereThird-year Timetable (26th, 27th and 28th May here)

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make our Sixth-year Graduation such a success. The many photographs, in the stream on the right, capture the happiness on the day.

TCDCongratulations to past-pupil Conor Keogh who was elected to Scholarship in the Department of Medicine in Trinity College Dublin recently. This is a tremendous academic achievement. Conor joins past-pupils, James Fagan and Brian Higgins,also elected to Scholarship in recent years.

SewingSewing

Students from Ms. O’ Dea’s and Ms. Maguire’s First-year Home Economics sewing classes, display their end-of-year work. Well done everyone!

CamogieMr. McDermott writes: “Congratulations to the Girls U14 Camogie team who won the Dublin Post Primary Schools Minor Camogie B Division title last Tuesday afternoon beating a valiant Manor House team by a comprehensive scoreline. It was a marvelous performance by a very committed and talented group of girls. We look forward to playing A division next year. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Frank Lynch of St. Mearnóg’s club for all his help throughout the year and St. Mearnóg’s club for hosting the final. They helped to make it a wonderful occasion for the girls”.

Ms. Norris writes: Study skills September 2014: The Study Skills courses for 3rd and 6th yrs will take place on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 September 2014 for existing 2nd + 5th yr students. Thanks to the parents/guardians who returned forms and fees. All places have been filled. Students who have not availed of a place and who would like to do so may put their name on a waiting list by returning the form and fee to the school office and if there is sufficient demand, a further class may be created. English Teachers Appeal: The English teachers are appealing to parents and students to return any novels borrowed by students from their class sets this year – or last year. Many of our boxed sets are seriously depleted. We are urgently appealing to parents to ensure that any novels mislaid on shelves at home or lurking in study areas be returned to the school as soon as possible. We would appreciate also if 6th Yrs donated their comparative novels to the English Department for transition year reading on completion of their Leaving Certificate.

Odyssey…

Updated, Tuesday 20th – including Graduation and Sports Awards photos on the Flickr stream.

Sixth-year Graduation took place recently. The theme of this years Graduation was Odyssey and you can read more about the choice of theme here, which is also reflected in the art-work on the right. 

There are many photos in the stream on the right from the potato harvest in Lesotho, the Action Ireland Certificate Ceremony, Neil Doyle speaking to the Sixth-years, the Sports Awards, Graduation and more. Please take some time to look in on them. Thanks to all the photographers.

Mr. Fitzgerald writes about the photos from Lesotho “Students from Hlalele harvest crop of potatoes. Their first commercial crop was of two acres yielding twenty tons of potatoes. We hope they will move on to harvest a five acre crop and begin to sell to supermarkets and hotels in the capital Maseru“.

The Parents’ Association have posted advance notice of the Annual Book and Uniform Sale on 25th June here.

Mr. Conroy writes “Our 1st Year Boys Gaelic Football team competed in the Dublin A championship and for the first time in the school’s history the team progressed to the Dublin semi-final. With some excellent wins over St. Kevin’s and St. Fintan’s and despite a loss to Ardscoil Ris the team still progressed to the quarter final, where they had an excellent win over Colaiste Eanna. In the semi-final the team lost narrowly to a strong St. Aidans.”

First, Second, Fourth and Fifth-year Exam timetables and Exam rules are hereThird-year Timetable (26th, 27th and 28th May here)

TY students and parents please note:Transition-year examinations in Irish, English, Maths and a Continental Language will take place on Thursday and Friday, 22nd and 23rd May, one week later than on the school-calendar.

Mr. McNeive sent an email to all students about the Lenovo G.A.A. Skills Hub here.