First Year PTM.

There is a scheduled First Year Parent Teacher Meeting on Thursday 27th February from 4.15pm to 6.45pm in the PE Hall. Lists of teachers will be sent home with your son/daughter on their return after Mid Term.

Information Night and Entrance Assessment 2020/21

If you missed the Information Night the presentation can be downloaded as a PDF here.

An Information Night for Parents(s)/Guardian(s) of incoming First Year students of Portmarnock Community School will be held on Thursday 23rd January 2020 at 7.30 p.m. for one hour. Details of Books, Uniform, School Rules, Subject Choices and Guidelines for Parents etc., will be given to you at this talk.

There will only be one day for assessment this year. It will take place on Saturday 25th January 2020 from 9.30am to 12.30pm. This involves a multiple choice assessment of Numerical, Verbal and Spatial Awareness skills and no preparation is necessary. For more information on this assessment click here.

 The assessment will take place in the school gymnasium. Pupils are requested to be in attendance by 9.00am on the day of assessment in order to receive their allocated examination number.  They should have a pencil, pen, a ruler and an eraser. Students should wear their primary school uniform/school tracksuit.


TY and Sixth Year Careers and Courses Fair.

The first Portmarnock Community School Careers Fair took place last year and proved to be a huge success. Over 60 Universities, Colleges,Courses and Careers Representatives gave their time to have meaningful conversations with the Transition Year and Sixth Year students and their parents. Thanks to the Guidance Department, Parents Association , Teachers and Volunteers many more of the students took a significant step in their decision making around their futures.

This year was no different with hundreds of of our students engaging meaningfully with knowlegable professionals and courses.


























CAO Talk.


The Presentation on the CAO system by Ms Fox for our Sixth Years and their parents on Thursday 29th November can be viewed as a Powerpoint here.

Junior Cycle Information Update for Parents.

The latest information on the Junior Cycle can be found here which includes the Powerpoint from our First year evening, Classroom Based Assessments dates and Other Areas of Learning information.

Information from Presentations this month: Sixth Years, Junior Cycle and Fifth Year Options –

Mr Farrell’s presentation from Thursday 25th January on the CAO for Sixth year Parents/Guardians. The Powerpoint slides can be accessed here.

Ms Dargan’s Presentation from Monday 29th January on Junior Cycle changes is available as a PDF here.

The Powerpoint Slides from the Information Evening for  Parents/Guardians of students entering Fifth Year is here.

The Powerpoint slides from Ms Molamphy’s TY Presentation is here.

Junior Cycle Information.

There will be an Information Evening for Parents/Guardians of First and Second Year Students on the new Junior Cycle Programme on Monday 29th January at 7.30pm. This will explain the principles, skills, assessments and practicalities of the Junior Cycle as they apply to your son/daughter.

Due to the Department of Education and Skills’ current changes to Junior Cycle, Grade Descriptors have now been included in the Christmas Exam Reports for subjects currently working within the new Junior Cycle Framework.

The following is an explanation of the Grade Descriptors, in line with the State Examination Commission’s grading of the Final Examination of Junior Cycle at the end of Third Year. These Descriptors will also be used on school reports for Junior Cycle students where appropriate.

Grade Descriptor Percentage

Distinction 90 – 100%

Higher Merit 75 – 89%

Merit 55 – 74%

Achieved 40 – 54%

Partially Achieved 20 – 39%

No Grade 0 – 19%

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