Sports Awards

Updated Tuesday 13th

Classes will end at 11.15 on Monday 19th May to facilitate the Sixth Year Graduation.

There is a full TY Notices update here. TY Portfolios: TY students are to note carefully their times for their portfolio interview on Wednesday 14th OR 21st May. Please note also attendance requirements on these dates.

Our annual Sports Awards on Monday 12th March with Guest-speaker John Giles were a great success. Photos to follow.  Ina Caul, Sixth-year writes about our recent Athletics successes here.

Fiachra Verjans MacDermott writes about his Archery achievements. “I recently qualified to compete in the European Junior Archery Championships. I am one of only two Irish archers competing in the competition which takes place in Slovenia (May 19th – 25th). My qualification comes after I successfully defended my Irish Indoor archery cadet record, and became the first Cadet to also win the Senior Men’s title in the same competition.”

On Friday 9th May Ms Norris and Ms Bradley accompanied their Fifth-year English classes to the Irish Film Institute to see ‘I’m Not Scared‘, the film that the students are studying as part of their comparative course for their Leaving Certificate English. This was a great opportunity to see the film on the big screen and the experience was enjoyed by all involved.

Ms Bradley writes “Congratulations to Second-year students Ailbhe Quearney and Megan Healy whose short stories were shortlisted for the Irish Times Fighting Words Supplement 2014.  Their work has been forwarded to Newstalk, who requested some pieces of short fiction by young writers and who hope to publish some of these pieces on their website over the new few months.The Selection Committee commented that ‘all those on the shortlist demonstrated great creativity and skill’ and stated that ‘the Editorial Panel found it very challenging to select the final twenty as the quality of writing was incredibly high.’ This is a great achievement for the two girls and they would like to thank Ms Haverty who spent a number of weeks with their English class teaching creative writing“. You can read the two short stories here (Megan) and here (Ailbhe). 

The Junior and Leaving Certificate Music Recital took place recently in the School Assembly Hall. Thanks to all the students involved for their commitment to music in the life of PCS. Special thanks to Ms. O’ Driscoll and Ms. McGlynn. Thanks to Mr. Clarke there are photographs in the stream on the right. The Programme is available here.

 

Mr. McNeive uploaded a gallery of photographs from Active Week here.

First, Second, Fourth and Fifth-year Exam timetables and Exam rules are hereThird-year Timetable (26th, 27th and 28th May here)

TY students and parents please note:Transition-year examinations in Irish, English, Maths and a Continental Language will take place on Thursday and Friday, 22nd and 23rd May, one week later than on the school-calendar.


TY Portfolios due Monday, 9.30AM

Updated: Thursday 8th, 9 P.M.

The Junior and Leaving Certificate Music Recital took place recently in the School Assembly Hall. Thanks to all the students involved for their commitment to music in the life of PCS. Special thanks to Ms. O’ Driscoll and Ms. McGlynn. Thanks to Mr. Clarke there are photographs in the stream on the right.

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Cara McDowell, fourth-year, writes about hersailing achievements  “My cousin and I recently competed in the Irish Youth Nationals and achieved 3rd overall and “1st Girls” which qualifies us to compete at the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth World Championships in Portugal this Summer. Only the the first boy and girl from each participating country, across 5 types of boats, qualify to compete” – Well done Cara! Thanks to Cara also, for the TY sailing photographs, in the stream on the right.

Congratulations to Kelly O’Brien (Sixth-year) whose wonderful poem appears in ‘Fighting Words’ in ‘The Irish Times’. Well done, Kelly!

First, Second, Fourth and Fifth-year Exam timetables and Exam rules are hereThird-year Timetable (26th, 27th and 28th May hereTY students and parents please note: Transition-year examinations in Irish, English, Maths and a Continental Language will take place on Thursday and Friday, 22nd and 23rd May, one week later than on the school-calendar.

Congratulations to Faolán Radford McGovern and Cameron Ramsay who won the

Discover Space Award  at ‘Scifest’ in Blanchardstown IT recently. Their award was sponsored by the European Space Education Resource Office. Impressive! Well done to all of the students who entered.

Thanks to Ms. Evelyn Dixon for her hard work in coordinating the projects, to Ms. J. Clynes, Science teacher and to Mr. Ó’ Moráin and the Parents’ Association for their support.

We would like to thank everyone involved in the Musical Bugsy Malone – it was a tremendous success.

Parents / Guardians or individuals from the wider community who may be in a position to offer a course on the Adult Education Programme beginning next September are asked to contact Mr. M McNeive with a CV and a potential course description.Courses can be up to 20 hours total duration, and will take place on Tuesday evenings. Please email adultedpcs@gmail.com or phone the school on 01-803-8056 for more details.

Practical examinations continue in the school. We wish all students well in their studies whether they prepare for State or House examinations.

Congratulations to Second-year student Karl Lynch who was drawn as an iPad prizewinner in #Up2Us competition for Safer Internet Day 2014. 

 

 

 

Thirty-six Transition Year students started sail-training at the Malahide Yacht Club, Dinghy facility on the Broadmeadows Estuary recently. By the end of the week they will have all reached Level One of the Irish Sailing Association Awards scheme.

Monday 12th March Sports Awards evening with Guest-speaker John Giles.

Monday 19th March – Sixth-year Graduation.

Congratulations to Daniel Burke who came eleventh in Ireland in the Google Call to Code Competition. Thanks to all the students who participated and to Mr. Breen for coordinating the event in PCS.

The TY Horticulture-class recently planted potatoes in the school-garden.  Our sister-school in Lesotho will be harvesting theirs shortly.

DIT Computing Academy write (for TY students) … Applicants have received a reply letting them know whether or not they have been offered a place.  In some cases the e-mail addresses given were not accurate, so the e-mail may have failed.  Also, some students may not be checking their e-mails. If your students have not received a reply, please ask them to check and respond to us. We had a huge number of applicants this year and unfortunately we could not accommodate all applicants.


Updates!

Updated 1st May: (the school is very busy so please scroll down for lots of information on all that is happening).

TY Sailing is at the (Upper) Broadmeadows Dinghy Sailing Centre. The map is here. Tuesday – Friday 6th – 9th May. Meet at 9.30AM. This is a Malahide Yacht Club facility, but not the Club-house in Malahide village.

Tuesday 6th May – classes will finish at 3.25PM to facilitate a subject/staff-meeting as per the school-timetable.

Monday 12th March Sports Awards evening with Guest-speaker John Giles.

DIT Computing Academy write (for TY students) … Applicants have received a reply letting them know whether or not they have been offered a place.  In some cases the e-mail addresses given were not accurate, so the e-mail may have failed.  Also, some students may not be checking their e-mails. If your students have not received a reply, please ask them to check and respond to us. We had a huge number of applicants this year and unfortunately we could not accommodate all applicants.

We are only back a few days and suddenly things have become very busy again.

First and foremost we want to continue to wish all our students involved in examinations every success and and of course every support we can offer them.

Bugsy Malone is in full swing – Thursday and Friday nights are a sellout. There are over fifty photos in the stream on the right, thanks to Mr. Clarke.

Thanks to Ms. D. O’ Brien and the Student Council for organising Spirit Week. One of the themes was celebrating diversity – Fourth and Fifth-year students were invited into the P.E. Hall where foods from around the world were prepared and shared just before students went home on Wednesday. Special praise to Chloe Carolan and Shauna O’ Brien. First and Second-year students sampled the food earlier.

We had a lovely letter from Chernobyl Children International thanking the school for the €1925 raised for them, during the Variety Show. Thanks to all the students and teachers involved, in particular Ms. O’ Driscoll. You can read the letter here.

Some Transition Year students had a memorable display of puppeteering and a talk on Road Safety from Steve Wright, representing Michelin recently. This talk was an unexpected bonus to the year with many students saying it was the funniest and yet most informative presentation on road safety they had ever heard. 

Class 2K recently participated in the One Good Idea project. It focused on raising awareness of energy efficiency and climate change in the community. Class 2K’s entry was My School, My Home and the aim of the project was to bring the good energy efficiency practices from home environment  to the school environment.

Judging of Stage Three is now complete and the Top Twenty finalists have been chosen. Portmarnock Community School as represented by Class 2K have made the final! Well done to all concerned. The final awards ceremony will be on May 16th in The Mansion House, Dublin. Look at their video again! This is the team representing the class at the Mansion House.

2K: CSPE Action Project

Well done to the Camogie Players and Mr. McDermott who participated in a Blitz in St. Marks Community School, Tallaght just before the Easter Holidays!

We wish Sam Cox, Orla Healy and Caitlin Kernan well with their entry into the Central Statistics Office “John Hooper 2014 Medal for Statistics” competition. View their entry: “The Colours of Life

Transition-year students will be collecting for the RNLI Mayday Appeal on Friday 2nd May. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is one of our designated charities in TY, where 100% of the monies raised is used for the cause of safety on the water.

The students will meet at Certus House, St. Stephens Green (down from the entrance to the St. Stephens Green Shopping Centre opposite St. Stephens Green Luas Terminus). There is a map here. The contact person and number is Pauline McGann 087 9974038.


Bugsy! R.N.L.I. fundraising…

We wish all students well in their studies with both the approach of the in-house Summer-examinations and the continuation of the State-examinations with Practicals in some subjects about to take place.

Buy your tickets for Bugsy Malone 29th & 30th, April, 1st. & 2nd May – €30, Family. €10, Adult. €8 Student. We wish all the students success in their production.

Spirit Week: The Student Council has organised a Spirit Week for the week beginning April 28th. There will be a number of fun activities throughout the week with prizes for participation and spirit.

We wish Sam Cox, Orla Healy and Caitlin Kernan well with their entry into the Central Statistics Office “John Hooper 2014 Medal for Statistics” competition. View their entry: “The Colours of Life

Transition-year students will be collecting for the RNLI Mayday Appeal on Friday 2nd May. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is one of our designated charities in TY, where 100% of the monies raised is used for the cause of safety on the water.

The students will meet at Certus House, St. Stephens Green (down from the entrance to the St. Stephens Green Shopping Centre opposite St. Stephens Green). There is a map here. The contact person and number is Pauline McGann 087 9974038.

Tuesday 6th May – classes will finish at 3.25PM to facilitate a subject/staff-meeting as per the school-timetable.


Bugsy – Tickets Wednesday 23rd at 1PM….

Updated April 22nd with a full report (below) from Emma Kelly on the Swimming Gala.

We wish everyone a lovely Easter and hope that State-examination students make good use of the time to study and indeed take a rest. The school reopens at 8.40AM on Monday 28th April.

Buy your tickets for Bugsy Malone 29th & 30th, April, 1st. & 2nd May – €30, Family. €10, Adult. €8 Student. Tickets are already selling fast with Friday night almost sold-out. Tickets will be available during the Easter Holidays on Wednesdays between 1 and 2 PM in the Reception Area.

Congratulations to the school swimming team who had tremendous success at the recent schools Gala in Coolmine. Emma Kelly writes “Out of 16 students PCS brought back 22 trophies including 4 x 3rd place, 10 x 2nd place and 8 x First place positions.  This was a great achievement and we look forward to future galas. We would also like a special thank you to Mrs Malone who arranged for PCS participation and attended the event“. Full report here. (Image credit: Ms Malone).

The Third Annual Spelling Bee for our First Years was held recently. Each first year tutor class was represented by a team of 5. Mr Clarke was the Spelling Master. The English Department are very grateful to The Parents’ Association who very generously sponsored the prizes. There were Easons vouchers for the final four contestants and Easter Eggs for all participants! Photos in the photostream on the right!

Second-year Assembly

Spirit Week: The student council have organised a Spirit Week for the week beginning April 28th. There will be a number of fun activities throughout the week with prizes for participation and spirit.
Some Transition Year students will receive an innovative presentation on Road Safety from Max McKenna of Michelin on Monday 28th April. Max is well known in the UK for his use of puppets in schools presentations. You can read more here.
Girls over sixteen who play Gaelic Games may be interested in the following
“The Leinster development committee have launched a new Event management programme aimed at those aged 16 – 22 years.  This programme will be free of charge to those who are successful in their application.  It will consist of 2 training days held in a central venue in Leinster (most likely Dublin) where participants will complete the following;

  • ·         Fundamentals coaching certificate,
  • ·         Go Games refereeing certificate
  • ·         Event management module

Participants will then be required to organise a Leinster club blitz with the support of the Leinster development committee and will have to plan, promote, organise, manage the budget and report on the programme as a whole. This is a huge opportunity for those who wish to work or volunteer in the sports field in the future, and to gain real practical experience of sports development, event organisation, coaching and refereeing.” Contact:

Aisling Hubbard, Leinster Ladies Games Development Officer, Áras Laighean, Portlaoise, Co. Laois www.leinsterladiesgaelic.ie


Policies, Bugsy, State-examinations, Eco-UNESCO, Debating and Orang Utans…

There are photos in the stream on the right, of the new kitchen at Hlalele High School, Lesotho which the local community finished and opened this week. It means no more toxic smoke for the kitchen-staff, helping combat eye and lung infections. It is  also a more efficient system using less fuel. The school is delighted and send their appreciation to all who made it possible from PCS and beyond. Photo credit: Matatobaka (teacher).

The Board of Management passed our revised anti-bullying policy recently. You can read it here.

Buy your tickets for Bugsy Malone 29th, 30th, April, 1st. 2nd May – €30, Family. €10, Adult. €8 Student. Tickets are already selling fast.

The school is in State-examination mode at the moment with Leaving Certificate orals in Gaeilge and the Continental languages as well as Music practicals. Good luck to everyone involved.

Best wishes to the students working towards their Eco-Unesco showcase in Croke Park this coming Friday.

There is a full Transition-year update on the TY notices section of the website here. Parents / guardians please note the D.I.T. Computing Academy opportunities in late May, The OpenNet work experience competition, Sailing, Glendalough (Gaisce) trip, Portfolio preparation course etc.

Debating 2013/2014

The Concern Senior Debating Team ended an enjoyable debating season with two highly-charged debates that both ended in draws.

On January 14th PCS hosted a debate against Franciscan College, Gormanston. Conor Holland proved to be an impressive chairperson for the evening, and Seán Dowd acted as timekeeper. The motion was ‘Genetically modified food is essential in the fight against world hunger” and the PCS team were proposing the motion. Team captain Faolán Radcliffe McGovern led the team of Mark Nugent, Aisling Moore and Eoin Holton who all presented well-researched and strongly delivered arguments. After a long deliberation, the judges decided that the arguments presented by both teams were impressive and so a draw was awarded.
On January 28th we travelled to Saint Paul’s College, Raheny to oppose the motion that “Social media improves our understanding of major world events.” On the afternoon of the debate we found ourselves short a debater but Anton Krasovsky bravely volunteered to step in at the last minute. Team member Vincent Crossan also made a valuable  contribution as researcher during our preparation for the debate.The competition was strong but the PCS team debated competently and again, the judges were unable to choose a winner and so a draw was awarded. Team captain Faolán Radcliffe McGovern led our team of Aisling Moore, Mark Nugent and Anton Krasovsky to secure the draw in an enjoyable, and, at times, heated debate.
Ms Bradley and Mr Cogavin would like to thank all those who contributed to debating this year. We thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone and would like to thank you all for your commitment, enthusiasm…and cake!

Class 3G write  “On Wednesday the 5th of March 2014 our C.S.P.E. class, We went on a visit to Dublin Zoo with Ms. Moran and Ms. Maher as part of our C.S.P.E. Action Project.

When we arrived at Dublin Zoo our class went to the educational centre to meet our guide, Orlagh. Orlagh told us about the animal we wanted to focus on, the Orang Utans. Orang Utans are found in the tropical rainforests of Borneo & Sumatra. They have adapted to this habitat and spend most of their lives living in the trees of the rainforests. We learned that in the last ten years over half of the population of Orang Utans have become extinct. This is mostly because of the cutting down of rain forests for the use of Palm Oil. Palm Oil is a type of vegetable oil from oil palm trees. Each year around 50 orang_utanmillion tonnes of Palm Oil is produced and shipped around the world. Palm Oil is used in most things we use daily for example palm oil is in VO5 shampoo, Lynx spray, Simple products and Flora products.

We, as a class are not happy with this and as part of our Action Project we have adopted an Orang Utan to try to help with their conservation. We also would like for people in our school community to be more aware of this issue and try to use an alternative to a product that has Palm Oil in it whenever possible. This will help save the Orang Utans and many other animals that live in the rainforests.

We would like to thank Ms. Deeney, for giving us permission to go on our trip, Orlagh in Dublin Zoo for all her help and Ms. Maher & Ms. Moran for coming with us.”


Orals and Practicals…

Bugsy Malone tickets… On Sale!

Colour Survey Link here (Accessed on school email domain only).

The school is in State-examination mode at the moment with Leaving Certificate orals in Gaeilge and the Continental languages as well as Music practicals. Good luck to everyone involved.

Best wishes to the students working towards their Eco-Unesco showcase in Croke Park this coming Friday.

There is a full Transition-year update on the TY notices section of the website here. Parents / guardians please note the D.I.T. Computing Academy opportunities in late May, The OpenNet work experience competition, Sailing, Glendalough (Gaisce) trip, Portfolio preparation course etc.

Class 2K recently participated in the One Good Idea project. It focused on raising awareness of energy efficiency and climate change in the community. Class 2K’s entry was My School, My Home and the aim of the project was to bring the good energy efficiency practices from home environment  to the school environment. Judging of Stage Three is now complete and the Top Twenty finalists have been chosen. Portmarnock Community School as represented by Class 2K have made the final! Well done to all concerned. The final awards ceremony will be on May 16th in The Mansion House, Dublin. Look at their video again!

2K: CSPE Action Project

The Ski-trip: Sam Cox writes “Every year the school tries to introduce new and exciting things to Transition year, but there are some events that are iconic aspects of the experience; the play, the Lesotho Project, the musical, Glendalough, the lack of homework and finally the Ski trip. Skiing is an exciting prospect to the Irish, who are excited by seeing small snowflakes outside their window. The idea of being surrounded by snow, let alone moving in it? Wow!” Read more here


Congratulations to Mark Nolan, Kate Hawkshaw and Daniel Burke who placed fifth out of 37 teams in the National Irish Applied Mathematics Competition.

There is a full Transition-year update on the TY notices section of the website here. Parents / guardians please note the DIT Computing Academy opportunities in late May.

Wednesday was a remarkable day in Portmarnock Community School with the Walk in My Shoes fundraiser for St. Patrick’s University Hospital teenage mental-health service and the tremendous talent shown at the Variety Show One Night Only with students and teachers displaying all that is good in the school. There are over eighty photos in the stream on the right. 

A common thread were the Transition Year students who brought both events together on the day. Special credit goes to Ms. O’ Driscoll’s TY music class who put so much work into the planning and execution of the variety show. Almost €2,000 was raised between the two events. The Variety show money is going directly to Chernobyl Children International.

Second-year Assembly

Photo and Video credits: Ms. O’ Driscoll, Mr. Clarke and Mr. O Mahony

…One Night Only…Walk in my Shoes, 2nd Year Assembly & Orangutans too…

There is a full Transition-year update on the TY notices section of the website here.

Mr. McNeive has written an account of the recent successes of the Volleyball teams in the school. There are photos in the stream on the right and the full account can be read here.

13289657704_53c4f0850b_mThe variety show, One Night Only, is taking place on Wednesday 26th March at 7.30pm. Tickets are €6 for a student/O.A.P’s, 2 for €10, adults are €8 and a family (2 adults and 2 students) is €20. Tickets are selling out fast so buy them quickly. They will be sold throughout the week at break times. There is also a surprise teacher act on the night so make sure you are there.Tickets will NOT be on sale at the door. Proceeds go to Chernobyl Children International.

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The Walk in my Shoes fundraiser will be held on Wednesday 26th March – Students and teachers who bring in €2 can wear their shoes in as funky a way as they wish. Funds raised will help provide: Mental health services to vulnerable young adults who otherwise could not afford them, Provide a Support & Information Line manned by mental health professionals and Enhance existing Young Adult Services at St. Patrick’s University Hospital. 

orang_utanClass 3G write “On Wednesday the 5th of March 2014 our C.S.P.E. class, 3G went on a visit to the Zoo with Ms. Moran and Ms. Maher as apart of our C.S.P.E. action project. When we arrived at the Zoo on Wednesday morning our class went to the Educational Center to meet our tour-guide, Orlagh. Orlagh told us about the animal we wanted to see, the Orangutans. Orlagh also told us that in the last ten years over half of the population of Orangutans has become extinct because of the cutting down of rain forests for the use of palm oil. Each year around 18 million tonnes of palm oil is produced and shipped around the world. Palm oil is used in most things we use daily for example palm oil is in VO5 shampoo, Lynx spray, Simple cream and flora butter. As apart of our action project we wanted to adopt an Orangutan, we also would like for people in our school community to try to use an alternative to a product that has palm oil in it. This will help save the orangutans and many other animals natural habitats.

Watch our students and teachers, featured on the evening news, on RTÉ recently (here).

HSEHSE  Vaccinations, Tuesday March 25th: MMR, 1st and 2nd years, HPV, 1st and 6th year girls, Tdap, 1st year boys. Some parents/guardians have received correspondence from the HSE – please read it carefully. If you are involved please do not organise anything else on that day. The school facilitates the time and space for the vaccinations. All queries about the vaccination itself are to be referred to the Health Service Executive, Coolock 01-816 4259.

Lesotho 2015

lesothoThere will be an information meeting on Thursday March 20th for all students and parents who have expressed an interest in committing to the 2015 Lesotho project. The meeting will be in the school assembly hall at 7.30 and at least one parent / guardian should attend.

2K: CSPE Action Project

Mr. Clarke writes…“This is a video by 2K CSPE class in which the nightmare of waking up in school in a very questionable ‘onesie’ is used to promote the concept of bringing the good energy saving habits of home with us to school. This is a small part of a major survey and awareness raising project which 2K are organising to help save energy in our school. It will be submitted to the SEAI ‘One Good Idea’ competition as a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch shortly. Thanks to the students of 2K and Mr McDermott and to all who took time to fill out the survey.”


Vaccinations update / Lesotho 2015 and more…

Many photos have been added to the Flickr Photostream on the right. The Student Council organised a very enjoyable quiz for the fifth years on Thursday. Thanks to the students and Ms. D. O’Brien for their hard work to add to what has been a very uplifting Mental Health Awareness Week. There are also photos from Dublin Airport where the choirs and the Trad Group and Dancers made visitors to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day welcome. You may have seen them on the RTÉ news on Friday night. Thanks to all the students involved and Ms. O’ Driscoll, Ms. McGlynn and Mr. Maynes. The photo credits are to Ms McGlynn.

HSEHSE  Vaccinations, Tuesday March 25th: MMR,  1st and 2nd years, HPV , 1st and 6th year girls, Tdap 1st year boys. Some parents/guardians have received correspondence from the HSE – please read it carefully. If you are involved please do not organise anything else on that day. The school facilitates the time and space for the vaccinations. All queries about the vaccination itself are to be referred to the Health Service Executive, Coolock 01-816 4259.
Lesotho 2015
lesothoThere will be an information meeting on Thursday March 20th for all students and parents who have expressed an interest in committing to the 2015 Lesotho project. The meeting will be in the school assembly hall at 7.30 and at least one parent / guardian should attend.

D.I.T. Computing academy

dit_logoApplication is online via the Dublin Institute of Technology here. This is an excellent opportunity for TY students to end their year with some very positive learning experiences. The Academy will run from 27th to 31st May 2014.

St. Patrick’s University Hospital

wimsThanks to all members of staff from the Hospital and the youth-panel from YES, their Youth Empowerment Service for their presentation to Transition-year students at the Hospital today. In two weeks time we will be holding Walk In My Shoes as a TY fundraiser for their teen mental health services. Parents, Guardians, Teachers and Students can read their Teen-Mental-Health Pack here.


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