An emotional and celebratory Graduation Ceremony was held on Monday 23 May. The students’ parents and guardians witnesses their sons’ and daughters’ rite of passage against an inspiring backdrop created by Mr Higgins depicting the flight of the Southern Cross from the Velvet Strand in 1930. The crew’s endeavour, resilience and determination complimented the theme ‘On Our Way’. Fr Garry celebrated mass followed by presentation of Mr Higgin’s beautiful yearbooks to each graduate. A reception organised by the Parents association followed and capped off a marvelous day. Thanks to Ms O’Driscoll and Ms McGlynn the choir and musicians were inspirational. Thanks to Ms Clarke and the Prefects for their organisation; to Mr Maynes for his leadership and to all who assisted to make it a fitting send off for our great sixth years.
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Congratulations to our new prefects who are already busy preparing for Sixth Year Graduation.
Twenty five South Korean Principals came to PCS today to learn about our Transition Year Programme with a view to applying some aspects to their own curriculum. Ms Molamphy informed them about the Programme and then they visited our TY Portfolio Assessments where students were being interviewed. They were very impressed with our methods but mostly with the confidence of our students. They were even more impressed by our #maplesotho project which won Young Social Innovators recently.
Ms Maguire ‘s 6th year Home Economics class enjoyed a farewell party of tea and cakes on Friday morning. Best wishes to the students for the future and good luck in the exams.
This Friday 20 May is a Staff development Day so no classes will take place as per the calendar.This Monday 23 May is Graduation Day for our Sixth Years which commences at 2pm in the PE hall. To facilitate preparations all classes will finish at 11.15. The buses have been informed.
As part of the Transition Year programme for 2015/2016, each student, as part of their timetable, started a programme of study which has been developed by the Health and Safety Authority. The programme enables the students to learn about health and safety in the workplace. Students receive online badges for every module that they complete. These badges are a permanent award that students can use in the their work place in the future. Portmarnock Community School is one of only two schools in the country to incorporate this program into the Transition Year Programme. This resulted in the HSA awarding the school an innovation award and awarding the teachers, Margaret Hughes and Aileen Bradley a certificate of excellence for being part of and teaching the programme’.
Congratulations to our boys U16 tennis team – Shane Gaffney, Conor McKeever, Ciaran McCarthy, Josh Philips, Conor Archer, Alex Cush, Euan Burke (not in picture), Luke Bogle (vice captain) and Jed Hazaymeh (captain). They beat Terenure College on Friday in a very tight meet, 3 matches to 2. They are now through to the Leinster Boy’s U16 semi final against St Mary’s this week. A huge thank you to our manager Siobhan McKeever and Ms McDonald for organising all matches and our coach Daragh Griffen, who trains the boys every Tuesday at 7.30am. What a team!!
Our First Years had a great day in the Zoo thanks to Mr Fitzgerald and their tutors. The day included a Scavenger Hunt organised by Ms O’Brien. The sun meant a memorable day was had by students and teachers.
Good luck to all of our Leaving and Junior Certificate students.
- All information concerning state exams can be found here.
- The Junior Certificate Timetable can be found here and the Leaving Certificate Timetable here.
- Leaving Certificate FAQ here.
- A Parent’s Survival Guide to the Leaving Cert…some great tips for both students and parents alike for life post Leaving Cert is here.
- Key dates 2016 for Leaving Cert students and parents is here.