A token gesture.


Heads up!

Congratulations to our new student leaders: Lola Gillespie (Head Girl), Sophie Brennan (Deputy), Aaron Cullen (Head Boy) and Joshua Fitzgerald Tighe(Deputy). Congratulations too to all of our new prefects and our student award recipients. Student of the Year recipients can be viewed here.


Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle Information.

Leaving Certificate Candidate Self Service Portal 2019 

We are posting candidates their individualised letter from the State Examination Commission this week. This letter details:

  • the candidate’s Examination Number and personal PIN (required to complete the initial registration for the SEC’s new Candidate Self Service Portal to access results, viewing and appeal services).
  • confirmation of the subjects, levels and paper versions for which they are entered.

This service is being provided to Leaving Certificate candidates only. Details of the arrangements for the release of the Junior Cycle results, including PIN letters for candidates, will issue in September 2019.

We will also provide each candidate with a copy of the information leaflet about the Candidate Self Service Portal.

Please note: If a candidate does not register on the portal they will NOT be able to access the range of online services available on the portal. The application to view scripts; the viewing of scripts marked online, the appeal application and the appeal results services are being provided exclusively on-line this year.

Regulations for LC and JC can be viewed here.

Ms Dargan’s presentation on the regulations in State Exams can be downloaded as a Powerpoint here.

Online Marking for Junior Cycle: Guidelines and advice for candidates about the implications of English, French, Science and Business Studies being marked online here.

There are some changes to the dates for the issue of the 2019 examination and appeal results which school authorities and candidates need to be aware of. These changes are as a result of the new Leaving Certificate appeals timeframe which is being significantly shortened this year.

  •   Leaving Certificate results date Tuesday 13th August
  •   CAO Round 1 offers will issue by Friday 16th August
  •   Viewing of scripts will take place in schools on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st August 2019 andcandidates will need to have applied to view scripts by Friday 16th August
  •   Closing date for applying to appeal a Leaving Certificate result Thursday 22nd August 2019
  •   Appeal results will issue to schools during week ending 20th September 2019

Important Dates for 6th Years.

There are some changes to the dates for the issue of the 2019 examination and appeal results which school authorities and candidates need to be aware of. These changes are as a result of the new Leaving Certificate appeals timeframe which is being significantly shortened this year.

  •   Leaving Certificate results date Tuesday 13th August
  •   CAO Round 1 offers will issue by Friday 16th August
  •   Viewing of scripts will take place in schools on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st August 2019 andcandidates will need to have applied to view scripts by Friday 16th August
  •   Closing date for applying to appeal a Leaving Certificate result Thursday 22nd August 2019
  •   Appeal results will issue to schools during week ending 20th September 2019

Kevin Breathnach Author Visit.

On Thursday the second of May the school was visited by former pupil and recently published author Kevin Breathnach who gave a reading from his first book “Tunnel Vision”, followed by a question and answer session. The event, which took place in the library, was attended by Miss Norris’ fourth year English class, some students from Miss Connolly’s group, as well as teachers who had the pleasure of teaching Kevin during his time at PCS. 
 
The students’ questions sparked a lively discussion about Kevin’s work and process, with both parties exchanging their views and opinions to the benefit of all who took part.
 
The fourth years would like to thank Kevin for taking time out of his busy schedule to return to the school, Miss Norris for working tirelessly to organise his visit, and school librarian, Miss McWilliams, for graciously agreeing to host the event in the library.

Night at the Grammys!

The much sought after Variety Show tickets are now on sale. The ‘Night at the Grammys’ will showcase the awesome talent in PCS and all in aid of St Francis Hospice. It is on at 7.30pm on Wednesday 8th May in the Assembly Hall. Tickets are €5 student, €8 adult and €20 families.


Parents’ Association Corporate Funding for Chromebooks.

The Parents’ Association are looking to raise €22,000 to purchase 38 Chromebooks for the students of PCS as part of our Digital Strategy. We are asking you to avail of your organisation’s Corporate Social Responsibility Fund to invest in the education of the students in PCS. All details are contained in the letter below which was also sent home on Monday 29th April.

Parents Association, Chromebooks


Student Leaders Congress #PostiveVibesSuperLives

TY Students  attended  the Student Leaders Congress with their teachers Ms Fox and Ms Keane at  the 3Arena run by Cycle Against Suicide Charity. This event is a contact based education day where students participate in a day of mental health talks in a fun and inclusive environment.  Research shows that contact based education is one of the most powerful tools of learning.   The event educated over 7,000 TY students about the mental health continuum. It  addressed mental health stigma, offered hope  and support services and focused on building resilience.

As a celebration of mental health this education day was supported by the bands The Academic and Kodaline.  To say the atmosphere was electric is an understatement. Students learned  It’s Ok to not feel Ok and it’s absolutely Ok to ask for help and Be Brave, Reach Out and Speak Up.


Fly Youth

We are asking our school community to vote for Fly Youth on Sunday night’s Ireland’s Got Talent. Luke Brady (TY) is a member of this brilliant dance troupe and they gave a very impressive performance today for their TY students. Good luck guys!


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