‘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)

Carol Service

gratitude1The annual Carol Service takes place on Tuesday 20 December at 7.30pm in the Assembly Hall.  The theme this year is ‘Gratitude’. We hope to see you there at what has become an essential oasis of reflection in the rush that is Christmas preparation. Refreshments will be served afterwards.


Our online enrolments are now open for all Adult Education classes starting in late collage-2016-08-29 (1)January. Our new brochure will be available soon, and can be viewed online here. All information on courses on offer next term can be found here.

Our courses offer something for all, whether it be a hobby, exercise class, language class or opportunity to improve computer skills, baking or gardening skills.

Mentor Training in Restorative Practice.

ment-2The Mentoring Leadership Group in Transition Year completed their Restorative Training with Michelle Stowe, Ms Molamphy and Ms Malone. Students are taking part in a project where they will be mentoring First Years and engaging with first years using restorative skills to open communication within student groups. A great two days of training was had by all.

Click to here see a full article on the workshop by Mark Deveruex.

Christmas CD Launch in Aid of Portmarnock Fights Cancer.

img_0513We are proud to announce the launch of our Christmas CD which is full of wonderful Christmas songs by our students. To purchase a very worthwhile and enjoyable stocking filler for €10 see Ms O’Driscoll.

Thea Ruhling and Kate O’Boyle were the winners of the cover and CD design competition. Thanks to Ms O’Driscoll, Mr Maynes, Ms McGlynn, Mr Murphy, Ms McWilliams and Ms Tynan.

slideshow-pfc-1-638All proceeds go to Portmarnock Fights Cancer.

UCD Visit.

ucdRavikanth Gollapalli wrote an account of the Fifth Year Visit to UCD:

On Tuesday, the 22nd of November, the 5th years in Portmarnock Community School visited UCD. It was a trip organised by Mr. Farrell.

When we arrived at the campus, we were taken to the Gerard Manley Hopkins Centre. This was the main restaurant in UCD. In the restaurant, we were able to experience student life and we were given the opportunity to talk to some of the students currently studying there.

After this, we went to a lecture theatre. Here, we were given a presentation about all of the courses available in UCD. This was a very useful presentation, as I got a better understanding of the requirements needed for the courses I am interested in. Some of the college students also spoke about their course, which made us understand some of the work one would do while in college.

Following the presentation, we were each split up into groups of 10 and appointed a student ambassador, who gave us a tour of the general campus. Our ambassador, Charlie, had a great knowledge of the college and was able to answer any questions we had while on the tour.

Lastly, we were given the opportunity to roam the campus ourselves for an hour. I was able to visit the student centre, and the 50 metre swimming pool. As well as the science, law and engineering buildings.

The experience as a whole was a very beneficial and enjoyable one. I really got a better insight into what it would be like to study in UCD.  

TY Parent Teacher Meeting

Dear Parents/Guardians,

In order to avoid further loss of class contact time this particular term, next Thursday’s 4th Year Parent/Teacher meeting has been cancelled.
4th Year Christmas exam results will be posted to Parents/Guardians by mid December.
The talk for 4th Year Parents/Guardians on Leaving Certificate Options 2017 has been rescheduled for Monday 16 January 2017 at 3pm in the  school Assembly Hall.