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Junior Certificate Timetable June 2014 here

Leaving Certificate Timetable June 2014 here

Congratulations to Transition Year students, Rory Byrne, Sam Cox, Eoin Dunne, Cian O’ Brady and Fiachra Verjans-MacDermott who achieved three Gold and two Bronze awards in the recent online Berbas Contest. This examines, thinking in and about information, discrete structures, computation, data processing and algorithmic concepts.

First, Second and Fifth-year Christmas Exam timetables here. Our suggested Christmas-present book-list for teenagers  is here. Your local Library may also have these books.

Festive lunch – Junior and Senior choirs relax after a busy week!
Thanks to the Sixth-years who organised the Christmas Concert for First-year students recently.

Well done to the Boys U-14 Gaelic football team on their comprehensive victory over Coláiste Cois Life in the Dublin semi final. The score line of 7-16 to 3-6 reflected an excellent all round performance. Read more here. Thanks to their mentors, Mr. McNeive and Mr. Cogavin. (Image: Mr. Cogavin)

Second-years

The Student Council and the Prefects are organising a hamper appeal for Brother Kevin’s Capuchin Day Centre. Non-perishable food may be brought into the school to the container in the Assembly Hall. Thank you!

Thanks to all the Carol-singers and musicians from the Junior and Senior Choir and the Trad Group who fundraised for the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul recently outside our local Dunnes Stores. Over €300 was raised in forty-five minutes. Thanks to Ms. McGlynn and Ms. O’ Driscoll. (Image: Ms. O’ Driscoll).

 

Mr. O’ Mahony has been nominated in two categories for the Tenth-anniversary of the International Edublogs awards – Lifetime achievement (contributions via @domaho on Twitter and eLearningIsland) and Best Teacher Blog (eLearningIsland). You can vote for him clicking the “vote up icon” below and log-in using one of your social-media applications.

 

See full list on Listly

Christmas Trees for Lesotho for sale, Sat. & Sun. School Carpark

First, Second and Fifth-year Christmas Exam timetables here.

Thank-you to everyone who made our Carol-service such a success. There were many comments on how special the evening was. Well done!

Transition-year students recently visited the mural of the late Nelson Mandela in Belfast. A number of commemorative events will take place in the school this week. The school has a ongoing relationship with South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho through its Action Ireland Programme.

 

Thanks to Ms. O’ Driscoll and the Transition-year students who  made Christmas special for the children at the pre-school for children who are members of the Travelling community.

Our suggested Christmas-present book-list for teenagers (here) got some attention on Twitter over the weekend. Remember your Library will also have these books.

The Student Council and the Prefects are organising a hamper appeal for Brother Kevin’s Capuchin Day Centre. We encourage students to donate and believe many will. We will accept any food items students and their families wish to donate  –  the type of items we are looking for are non- perishable basic food stuffs like, Breakfast cereal, Rice,Pasta, Soup, Sauces, Canned Tuna and Salmon, Peanut Butter, Canned Stews and Chili, Tea Bags, Coffee (ground no beans), Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruits, Packaged Pasta (Macaroni & Cheese, etc. ), Juice Boxes, Granulated Sugar….. (Image: Caphucin Day Centre). Mr. O’ Mahony has been nominated in two categories for the Tenth-anniversary of the International Edublogs awardsLifetime achievement (contributions via @domaho on Twitter and eLearningIsland) and Best Teacher Blog (eLearningIsland). You can vote for him clicking the “vote up icon” below and log-in using one of your social-media applications.

See full list on Listly

 


Christmas trees for Lesotho…on sale…

First, Second and Fifth-year Christmas Exam timetables here.

Want to buy a book for Christmas? Click here for our suggestions for teenagers and young adults!

Second-year Assembly:

Thanks to Mr. Higgins for the Belfast photos in our Flickr stream.

The Carol Service will take place at 7.30PM on Tuesday 10th December in the school assembly hall. All are welcome, there is no charge, all we ask is that you come in a spirit of celebration! Mince-pies afterwards.

Christmas Trees go on sale this Saturday and Sunday in the School Car Park. Please support out Action Ireland Lesotho Fundraiser.

Thanks to Mark Nolan, Sarah Kelly and Rachel Martin, Sixth-year prefects who organised the recent piano-marathon. It was great to hear the sound of music in the school all day. Mr. Dempsey’s Assembly was impressive and many noted the lunchtime tone in the Assembly Hall. The money raise will be donated to Concern towards their Philippine Hurricane disaster fund.

Spring 2014 Adult Education classes are online in the Drop-down menu above.

Mr. McNeive has written a comprehensive report on Volleyball in the school so far this year. Read it here. Thanks to all the girls for their long and early hours of training!

Thank you to everyone who took part in our non-uniform day – we raised €1,800 for the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.

The Student Council and the Prefects are organising a hamper appeal for Brother Kevin’s Capuchin Day Centre. We encourage students to donate and believe many will. We will accept any food items students and their families wish to donate  –  the type of items we are looking for are non- perishable basic food stuffs like, Breakfast cereal, Rice, Pasta, Soup, Sauces, Canned Tuna and Salmon, Peanut Butter, Canned Stews and Chili, Tea Bags, Coffee (ground no beans), Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruits, Packaged Pasta (Macaroni & Cheese, etc. ), Juice Boxes, Granulated Sugar….. (Image: Caphucin Day Centre).

Thanks to all the students who helped decorate the school for the Carol-service and for Christmas.

U-14 Gaelic Football
Well done to the U-14 Gaelic team on reaching the semi final of the Dublin competition. They overcame St. Paul’s Raheny on a scoreline of 4-20 to 5-5.

Non-uniform day for VdeP: €1,775 so far!

First, Second, Fourth and Fifth-year Christmas Exam timetables here.

The Fifth-year Parent-Teacher Meeting scheduled for Monday 2nd December has been postponed until the New Year. Classes as normal on Monday.

The 3S Civil, Social and Political Education class visited the Dail and the Seanad recently as part of their Action Project. Thanks to Mr. Alan Farrell TD who sponsored the visit. Alan will be visiting the school shortly to talk to the Third-years about the political system and the life of a TD.

Congratulations to Cara McDowell, Transition-year, who has been selected for the Irish Sailing Association National 420 Squad. We are very proud that you represent Ireland in Imperia (Italy) in early December (Image: Cara McDowell). The photo is from the Ulster Championships in October at which Cara and her cousin were overall winners.

Congratulations also, to past-pupil Aisling Coughlan who was recently awarded the Gold Medal in Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin for her research in Genetics (Image: TCD).

There was great excitement around the school as students had a non-uniformday and
some teachers and members of school-administration had a uniform-day.

Thanks to the all who supported the event and praise to the students and teachers (especially Ms. D. O’ Brien) who helped organise it and collect the money.

The Student Council and the Prefects are organising a hamper appeal for Brother Kevin’s Capuchin Day Centre. We encourage students to donate and believe many will. We will accept any food items students and their families wish to donate  –  the type of items we are looking for are non- perishable basic food stuffs like, Breakfast cereal, Rice, Pasta, Soup, Sauces, Canned Tuna and Salmon, Peanut Butter, Canned Stews and Chili, Tea Bags, Coffee (ground no beans), Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruits, Packaged Pasta (Macaroni & Cheese, etc. ), Juice Boxes, Granulated Sugar….. (Image: Caphucin Day Centre for Homeless People).
Ski-trip: There will be a parent/guardian information night on the Tuesday 3rd of December at 7:30pm in the school Assembly Hall in which, details will be given about the itinerary, what to bring, insurance etc. A parent/guardian and the student going skiing must attend this meeting (Image: Wikimedia Commons and Open Icon Library).

Non-uniform day for VdeP: Wednesday 27th November

Portmarnock Community Association: Portmarnock Community School forged stronger links with the local area when four members of the Portmarnock Community Association visited the school. Representatives from the Student Council, the Prefects and Mark Nolan, Head Boy, attended this meeting. It is hoped that into the future, the PCA and PCS might work more closely together to help build and strengthen a nicer, better, healthier environment around our own Portmarnock area.

Ski-trip: There will be a parent/guardian information night on the Tuesday 3rd of December at 7:30pm in the school Assembly Hall in which, details will be given about the itinerary, what to bring, insurance etc. A parent/guardian and the student going skiing must attend this meeting.

The Fifth-year Parent-teacher Meeting scheduled for Monday 2nd December has been postponed until the New Year.

The History Department have begun their Toward ’16 project to mark the centenary of the 1916 rising.Over the next 3 years we will be marking the anniversary of important events. This week we celebrate the foundation of the Irish Volunteer Force (IVF). On Easter Week approx. 1,500 members of the IVF took part in the Rising.

Concern Debate: Ms. Bradley and Mr. Cogavin write “We had a great time at the debate. The motion was “young people in Ireland are building a better world“. We were opposing the motion. Our captain was Marcel Wasko, and team members were Aisling Moore, Sean Dowd and Mark Nugent. We were against St Mary’s Diocesan School, Drogheda. St Mary’s won after an engaging and entertaining debate.”

 

Thank you to everyone involved in the TY play, The Taming of the Shrew. It was a wonderful success!

The photos in the stream on the right speak for themselves!

 

Staff and students congratulated Ms. Eithne Deeney on her recent appointment as Principal of Portmarnock Community School. There was a special Thought for the Day and a presentation from all members of the school-community. Ms. Deeney joined the teaching-staff in 1989 and is the first female Principal of PCS! As Sr. Ger said, in the spirit of the late Seamus Heeney, …. we hope you are glad that you chose to move from the North of the Country to the South, and that you do indeed see your recent appointment as the once in a life-time portent.

Commiserations to the U16 Hurlers who lost their recent final to Colaiste Choilm, Swords. Ian Garry was Man of the Match for PCS and Cian Hannon is credited with the best score. Thanks to mentors Mr. Fitzgerald and Mr. Behan.

The PCS Choir was invited to Dublin Airport to prepare for their Christmas festivities. Thanks to the students, Ms. O’ Driscoll and Ms. McGlynn.


“The Container” and “The Taming of the Shrew”

TY Play, the Taming of the Shrew, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7.30PM, details below.

Classes will finish at 12.40 on Tuesday 26th November in order to facilitate the Third-year Parent-Teacher meeting which will take place from 13.40 until 16.00.

Congratulations to past-pupils Holly Herbert, Stephen O’ Shea and Conor McLoughlin who won Entrance Exhibition Awards at Trinity College Dublin, based on their 2013 Leaving Certificate examination (Image: Wikimedia Commons).

His Excellency, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Paraments Phamotse, his wife Moipone Phamotse, Ms. Lynn Cawley from the Clarion Hotel, Mr. Niall FitzGerald, the Lesotho Project and Ms. Eithne Deeney, Principal, Portmarnock Community School (All Lesotho images: Mr. Fitzgerald).

On Friday night at the Fingal Chamber Awards for Excellence, the Lesotho Project was the winner of “The Not For Profit Award“. The award was sponsored by the Clarion Hotel. The award was presented by Siobhan Moore President of Fingal Chamber. Congratulations to all students, parents and teachers who have worked so hard to make this project such a success.

Header-photo credit: Ms. McGlynn, TY’s on Djouce, Co. Wicklow.

Thank you to all everyone who donated to the PCS Lesotho Container Appeal (Saturday 16th, 10 AM to 3 PM. Details here.

Lennox, who sell Laboratory Supplies to the school science-labs made a particularly generous donation of a pallet of science equipment for the project in Lesotho.

Lennox Laboratory Supplies are an Irish company in business since 1923. Amongst items supplied are Motor Kits, Magnetic Levitators, Digital Thermometers, Dynamo-meters and Portable Balances. Thanks to Ms. Clynes from PCS and Paul Harbison from Lennox for organising this generous donation.

From the Front of House Team Team…

Tickets for the transition year play will be on sale on Monday, this will be the last chance for students to buy tickets for the play as there will only be a limited number available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the days of the play.

This years play is the Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, adapted into a 1950’s setting. There will be a tuck shop, as well as a raffle each night.

Ticket prices are:

€5 for Students/Children/OAP’s
€8 for Adults
€20 for a family(two children+two adults)

On Monday morning only (until 12:40) there will be a 3 for 2 deal for all first and second year students i.e three students for €ten .

We would greatly appreciate your support and encourage all those available on the nights of the play to buy a ticket to support the school. This is a student based project with the exception of our director (a former student) and some limited outside resources.

We hope to see you all there…

Second-year Assembly


Classes will finish at 12.40 PM on Thursday 14th November in order to facilitate the Sixth-year Parent-teacher Meeting between 1.40 PM and 4.00 PM.

Lesotho Container appeal: details here.

Watch Mr. Westbrooks jiving for the Charity “To Russia with Love”….

Congratulations to Emily Kremers (6G) who was a member of the Fingal Gospel Choir who won the Sligo International Choral Festival over the weekend.

First (HPV and Tdap) and Sixth year girls (HPV) will receive their vaccinations on Monday morning (18th November) from the H.S.E. Please do not organise anything else on those days. 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 Container appeal: details here. Please give generously on Saturday November 16th.

The Transition-year play, the Taming of the Shrew, takes place next week, Tuesday 19th – Thursday 21st November inclusive at 7.30 PM. Tickets are €5 (students etc) €8 (adults) and €20 (families 2 adults/2 children). Please support!

Compute TY at Dublin City University is oversubscribed. Thank you for your interest.

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Thanks to past-pupils, Shane Carthy and Kevin O’ Brien, from the Dublin Football panel last September, for bringing the Sam Maguire into the school last week.


Busy times…

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Thanks to past-pupils, Shane Carthy and Kevin O’ Brien, from the Dublin Football panel last September, for bringing the Sam Maguire into the school last week.

This is a long posting about life in PCS. Please take your time to read it and watch the Transition Year videos towards the end. The TY announcements section of the site is fully up to date including information on the diving course.

The Sixth-year Parent-teacher meeting will take place on Thursday 14th November between 1.40PM  and 4.00PM. The 6th Year Guidance Talk scheduled for Monday November 11th has been postponed until further notice.

Lesotho Container appeal: details here.

Second-years

 

The Parents’ Association has asked that we bring a talk to the attention of Leaving Certificate parents / guardiansthis evening is designed to assist Leaving Certificate parents and provide practical advice on how to maximise success as their children approach the Leaving Cert…Full details here.

We were proud to have two past-pupils, Shane Carthy and Kevin O’ Brien, on the Dublin All-Ireland Football panel last September when they won the All-Ireland Football-final. The Sam Maguire will be brought to the school Friday next to mark the occasion.

There is a full TY update in the drop-down menu above, including application procedures for ComputeTY (DCU, 30 places only) and the Irish Beaver Computing Contest (online). Both events offer certification that may be useful for certain third-level application procedures.

Good luck to Sixth-year student, Jennifer O’ Keeffe, who represents Ireland, this week, in the World Karate Championships in Guadalahara, Spain (Images: Official National Amateur Karate Association of Ireland and the North County Leader).

TY students recently did a week long training in the Dublin Fire Brigade Training Centre, Marino. The course was delivered by Vincent Carroll and Mark Willson.

The course was run from 9.30 to 4pm each day it was very intensive and students were given a good grounding in fire safety, first principles at an accident scene, CPR, how to use a defibrillator and an advanced First-aid course.

Well done to all the students for their commitment to the course over mid term and sincere thanks to Mark, Vincent and Dublin Fire Brigade for their time and the use of their excellent training facilities (Image: Dublin Fire Brigade Images in Photo-stream from Fiachra Verjans MacDermott).

The following videos were made by Transition Year students who attended Create-school. Each video is credited in its own right.
Can you see me now?

Punishment

The Assignment


Lesotho Container appeal: details here.

The 6th Year Guidance Talk scheduled for Monday November 11th has been postponed until further notice.

The Parents’ Association has asked that we bring a talk to the attention of Leaving Certificate parents / guardiansthis evening is designed to assist Leaving Certificate parents and provide practical advice on how to maximise success as their children approach the Leaving Cert…Full details here.

We were proud to have two past-pupils, Shane Carthy and Kevin O’ Brien, on the Dublin All-Ireland Football panel last September when they won the All-Ireland Football-final. The Sam Maguire will be brought to the school Friday next to mark the occasion.

There is a full TY update in the drop-down menu above, including application procedures for ComputeTY (DCU, 30 places only) and the Irish Beaver Computing Contest (online). Both events offer certification that may be useful for certain third-level application procedures.

Good luck to Sixth-year student, Jennifer O’ Keeffe, who represents Ireland, this week, in the World Karate Championships in Guadalahara, Spain (Images: Official National Amateur Karate Association of Ireland and the North County Leader).

TY students recently did a week long training in the Dublin Fire Brigade Training Centre, Marino. The course was delivered by Vincent Carroll and Mark Willson.

The course was run from 9.30 to 4pm each day it was very intensive and students were given a good grounding in fire safety, first principles at an accident scene, CPR, how to use a defibrillator and an advanced First-aid course.

Well done to all the students for their commitment to the course over mid term and sincere thanks to Mark, Vincent and Dublin Fire Brigade for their time and the use of their excellent training facilities (Image: Dublin Fire Brigade Images in Photo-stream from Fiachra Verjans MacDermott).


A busy school…

A number of schools have been enquiring about how we organised the Live-stream of our Friendship Week concert, details here.

Thanks to Mr. Fitzgerald and Hr. Higgins who recently brought many of our International students to Belfast (Photo credit: Mr. Higgins).

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Thanks to Mr. McNeive and Ms. O’ Neill who organised the Transition-year Surf-trip to Donegal (Photo credit: Mr. McNeive).

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Well done to all the students who completed the maths quizzes to celebrate Maths week. The 4th year winner is Fiona Walker Friedrichs from 4S. Fiona completed all 25 quizzes with an average score of 98%.The 2nd year winner is Adam Hickey, with an average of 96%. In 1st year, we have 2 winners. Both achieved over 98% from their 25 quizzes. They are Adam Greenan, 1N and Oliver Juchnevicius 1K.

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The Friendship-week concert was a great success. Congratulations to Ms. O’ Driscoll and her hard working group of Transition-year music students.

Thanks to the performers, front-of-house and back-stage doers, theatrical-lighters, videographers, digital-streamers, chancers, tweeters, sound-engineers, chair-movers, carpenters and many other willing volunteers, both students and teachers.

During Friendship-week each of the Year-heads spoke positively about the respect and inclusion of everyone from the school-community during their Assemblies.

Sr. Ger gave a reflection each morning on the theme of friendship. The week is reflected in the photo-stream on the right.

First-years received their “cool-schools” training (an initiative of the Health Service Executive) where they learned that bullying is any behaviour that is Hurtful, Aggressive, Repeated and Deliberate. Thanks to their tutors and Year-head. They also received a presentation on Digital and Social-media. Parents and students should examine the many positive possibilities with social-media presented towards the end in the slideshow below.

This week also saw Maths-week. Transition-year students were presented with a mind-challenging video from Google and N.A.S.A. who are developing a Quantum Computer. This video is getting a lot of online interest at the moment. Watch it and see the far-end of computational mathematics!

While all that was going on First, Second and Fourth-year students were doing maths quizzes each evening. These were emailed to students by the Maths-department and the winners will be announced soon.


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