Concern Debate.

On Tuesday 25th of October, the debating team travelled to St. Fintan’s in Sutton for a debate. The motion was ‘France should allow the wearing of religious symbols in public areas’. We had to oppose the motion. The team captain was Cormac Donnelly. Also on the team were Robert Richmond, Aoibhe Dillon and Ailbhe Quearney. Florence Okojie and Matthew Walton came as support. The debate was organised by Ms. Bradley and Mr. Cogavin.

It was a very passionate debate, with great arguments from both sides. However, in the end, the adjudicators declared a win for St. Fintan’s. It was many student’s first debate so we performed well considering and we have learned a lot for our next debate!

Best wishes from all at PCS to Mr Higgins.

flag-classflagWe all wished Mr Donal Higgins a heartfelt farewell on his retirement from teaching on Friday. 

The following tribute was read out by Ciara Cassidy on Friday on behalf of the school community followed by a resounding round of applause that rang around the corridors:

I am one of the thousands of fortunate students who have been taught by Mr. Higgins for the past 6 years. On behalf of all the students privileged to have been in his classes, let me say that Mr Donal Higgins will be desperately missed by us all.

The artistic and creative aspect to our school wouldn’t be what it is today without the work of Mr. Higgins and his students, work that he has always displayed proudly throughout his time in this school.donal-in-corridor

His genuine consideration and respect for us all has always been felt and will be felt even more so in his absence. He had a real interest in all students, who they were, how they were and what they became in the long run. Mr. Higgins was always one of the first to suggest a card for a student in hospital, even this afternoon buying raffle tickets and sharing them among his students.

We’ve all seen Mr. Higgins precariously balanced on scaffolding, aloft in the assembly hall, akin to Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. While Michelangelo limited himself to oil paint and plaster, Mr. Higgins’ perilous endeavours saw him fixing wires, suspending lights, arranging constellations of decorations, disco balls and upturned umbrellas, artefacts of all sorts, all in the pursuit of art and the transformation of our school into an inspiring and aesthetic place of learning.working-hard

Mr. Higgins has given thousands of students and teachers alike, an eye for the appreciation of all visual elements of art. In fact, he has made art an everyday phenomenon for all of us and will have a permanent impression on all of us.sculpture

From the carefully crafted certificates we’ve brought into our homes, to the artwork around the school that illuminates our concrete corridors, the countless trips to Belfast and the photography which has enabled us to look into a lens and capture art in life, Mr.Higgins you have inspired us all beyond all knowing.

On behalf of all the students, past and present, our warmest thanks and our sincerest best wishes for a wonderful retirement

TY Newsletter.

Since September a group of fourth years journalists have been working hard every Friday morning with Ms Bradley to create a newsletter.

The newsletter includes details of our activities in fourth year, school news, interviews, horoscopes, reviews and articles about  national and worldwide sporting events and current affairs. We are proud to say we have completed our first ‘Halloween Edition.’ Look out for copies of the newsletter in the Assembly Hall at break-time and you can also view it online at this link.

It took a lot of hard work from our very talented journalists and we hope you enjoy reading it.

Mark Devereux

Please click here to download a  PDF copy.

Siemens Factory Visit.

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On Tuesday 25th October a group of 4th Year Engineering students, together with their teachers Mr. Croghan and Mr Sweeney visited the Siemens Healthineers facility in Swords. The factory produces diagnostic equipment for the healthcare industry and during the visit students were taken through the production process from manufacture, assembly and testing of equipment widely used in hospitals and laboratories which analyses blood samples for preventative purposes as well as screening for infectious diseases.

The visit was extremely informative, educational and enjoyable and we would like to thank the management and staff at Siemens for their kind invitation, welcome and for taking time in their busy schedules to show us around. The facility in Swords has been contributing to the local community for the last 50 years.

Horror Story Competition.

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The winners of the six word horror story competition were:

1Conor Egan

Silently it waited, then one night…

2. Khevish Ramburrun

Stop, stop I’m still alive!

3. Kevin Oliver

The crawling sensation of death lurked

4. Sean Hunt.

I keep souvenirs, some still cry

Well done to the hundreds who entered and thanks to Ms McWilliams for organising a very popular competition.

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Be very careful on entering the library at Halloween! Check out the ‘Macbeth’ inspired display.

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Friendship Week.

 

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Our Annual Friendship Week ran from Monday 24 -28 October and included lots of positive events and messages throughout the week encouraging empathy and kindness. It all culminated on Friday with our now famous Friendship Concert which was full of fun and talent. pianoIt was organised brilliantly by the Music Students under the direction of Ms O’Driscoll and with the support of Mr Maynes and Ms McGlynn.wally

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Academic Awards Evening.

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Despite a power cut the students who were invited to receive their hard earned awards for academic achievement shone with pride in front of their supportive parents and guardians. On Thursday 20 October the Leaving Certificate, Junior Certificate, Short Course and Student of the Year achievers heard inspiring speeches form our special guests; Lieutenant David Melvin, Troop Commander Colm Fahy and Mr Donal O’Mahony who returned to fittingly present the short course awards.

For full details please click here or go to ‘Academic Achievement’ above.

BT Young Scientist – Two Teams Qualify for the finals!

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Congratulations to our teams who qualified for the BTYST in January 2017. This arduous process has been mentored by Mr Fitzgerald and Ms Cronin along with many others. The students who have put many hours of effort into their projects are: Ravikanth Gollapalli, Colin McAndrew, Darragh Bolger, Sam Barlow, Emma Forde, Tom Finnucane, Orla Curtis-Davis, Cormac Donnelly, Joe Julian-Grace and Luke Peyton. We wish them all the best in the lead up to the finals.

Congratulations Caoimhe O’Connor!

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Dublin LGFA are delighted to announced that Dublin U16 player Caoimhe O’Connor from Clontarf GAA club is this years worthy recipient of the Leinster Young Player of the year Award.

Caoimhe was instrumental for Dublin this year and played a pivotal role in Dublin winning their seventh consecutive Leinster Crown.

The diminutive forward has to date collected provincial medals at U14 (2014) and U16 level (2015, 2016) with Dublin.