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.


Mental Health, HPV, DIT Computing, Salamanca, Gaisce…..

1393808_607716865940740_454483019_nHigh praise for Portmarnock students (here).

Positive Mental Health Week is in full swing this week and includes talks, presentations and trips. Jacqueline Campion from Marino Therapy Centre is presenting on how to manage your mental health to First, Second and Third Years on Tuesday. Assemblies are being addressed on how to manage stress and there is a poster campaign encouraging students to stand up for their LGBT colleagues. The Transition Years are travelling to St. Patrick’s University Hospital to receive a presentation on Mental Health issues. Their Teen-Mental-Health_Pack is here. Staff are attending a Mindfulness Seminar organised by Ms. Keane on Wednesday afternoon (Image credit: Headstrong)

HPV Vaccinations

First (HPV) and Sixth year girls (HPV) will receive their vaccinations on Tuesday 25th March 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.

Salamanca Report

Mr. O’ hAonghusa and Ms. MacNamara write: “During the Halloween mid-term break, a group of Fifth and Sixth – year students from Portmarnock Community School, accompanied by Ms. MacNamara and Mr. O hAonghusa, spent the week in Salamanca and stayed with local host families (more photos here).

Every morning, the students attended intensive grammar & conversational classes at Colegio Delibes and after lunch they participated in cultural activities around Salamanca organised by the school. The language school is named after Miguel Delibes, a renowned Spanish novelist.

Both students and teachers enjoyed the cultural activities immensely. Salamanca is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the most important University cities in Spain. It is home to the famous ‘Plaza Mayor’, which is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful plazas in Spain, dating from the early 18th century.

During the week, we visited the city’s splendid museums, cathedrals and university buildings. We visited the local ‘El Rastro’ market, learned to cook ‘Chocolate con Churros’ and went on a ‘Tapas’ (Spanish-style snacks) tour of the city. We also learnt the basic moves in Salsa dancing, some better than others! On Friday, both students and teachers embarked on a bike tour of Salamanca which was both energetic and entertaining and a fitting end to a memorable week in Spain. Lo pasamos fenomenal.”


Well done to Matthew Jenkinson, Lee Byrne, Alex Murray, Dylan Gilroy and Eoin Dunne who attended the regional final of the A.I.B. Build a Bank in Leopardstown this week. Thanks to Ms. Keane for accompanying them and Marie Browne (AIB Malahide) for mentoring the group over the past few months.

D.I.T. Computing academy

Application 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.

Project Maths

Well done to the Maths students who reviewed the Project Maths tutorial from Alison on RTÉ’s Drivetime programme recently. Listen here.

Second-year Assembly:

Gaisce. All Transition Year students involved in Gaisce must have their online details up to date on the Gaisce website by Monday night (10th). There will be a meeting Period 6, on Tuesday 11th to confirm everything is up to date and determine numbers for the Adventure Challenge in Glendalough.

Thanks to all the TY students involved in the Intel Ideation in the PSLC this week. Thanks also to Frank Lynch and the local Lions Club for the facilitation of the two days. We are looking forward to the next round!

Thanks to the TY students who participated in the ShoutOut workshops this week. The key message is the acceptance of all students within the school community.


Book-week…

Gaisce. All Transition Year students involved in Gaisce must have their online details up to date on the Gaisce website by Monday night (10th). There will be a meeting Period 6 on Tuesday 11th to confirm everything is up to date and determine numbers for the Adventure Challenge in Glendalough.

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Book week will take place from 3rd -7th March with various events highlighting the joy of reading. On World Book Day, Thursday 6th March, there will be a book swap organised through English classes. Students and teachers will also be invited to ‘Drop and Read’ during that week and all students should have a book at hand (image credit here).

Class 2F collected €160 from their cake sale for Childline Ireland. This was part of their C.S.P.E. Action Project to raise awareness of the issue of bullying. Thanks to their teacher, Mr. Creedon.

Musical: Rehearsals, Monday at 4PM. Anyone interested in joining the band should also come along to the Assembly Hall. Second-year students are particularly welcome!

Fifth-year student, Ultan Ó’ Moráin has been working on the Portmarnock Community Association website. The link is here and will be placed permanently on the useful links section of this site.

Well done to the First-year girls team on reaching the All Ireland finals stage of the Spikeball competition. The team were eventually beaten on the quarter final by just one point. The team members are Ciara Holland, Grace McKeever, Rebecca Herrsens, Ellen Daly, Emma Farrell, Melissa Kelly, Lucy  Dickinson, Sarah Eccles, Ellen Walnutt, Niamh Carolane and Clara Courage. Well done to their coaches Karl Brennan, Christopher McMahon and Cian O Brady (all images Mr. McNeive).

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Header Image details here (Wikimedia Commons)

 


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Book week will take place from 3rd -7th March with various events highlighting the joy of reading. On World Book Day, Thursday 6th March, there will be a book swap organised through English classes. Students and teachers will also be invited to ‘Drop and Read’ during that week and all students should have a book at hand (image credit here).

Second-year Assembly:

As per the school-calendar, classes will finish at 3.25PM on Thursday,  27th February, in order to facilitate a staff-meeting.

Congratulations to Marina Ritthaler and Danny Corcoran who both featured in the North County Leader (here) after their recent success at ComputeTY in Dublin City University (Image: North County Leader).

photo (12)Class 1N collected the most money for the Sponsored Walk and a visit to the cinema was their reward! Thanks to the Parents’ Committee, Ms. McNamee and Ms Dolan for facilitating the outing which was enjoyed by all.

 

 

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Music students at the National Concert Hall. Thanks to Ms. McGlynn and Ms. O’ Driscoll for organising the visit.

 

 

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There is a full TY update on the website here. Parents / guardians interested in encouraging their son/daughter into a career in Engineering should study this webpage (from Engineers Ireland)  for TY opportunities in late spring in some of the Universities and Institutes of Technology.

The school is back up and running after mid-term break. We hope our state-examination students are well-rested after the mocks and that all students now focus on their studies for all forthcoming examinations.

Emily Kremers of the Fingal Gospel Choir, sang at a live-broadcast television Mass on RTÉ recently. The  choir was directed by past-pupil, David Flood. The link from The RTÉ player is here.

Musical auditions for Second, Fourth and Fifth-year students: Wednesday, 26th at 1.30PM. Rehearsals at 4PM Thursday and Friday, 27th and 28th.

We are delighted our students in Africa and in Italy all arrived home safely. You can review the work of the students in Lesotho in the “Lesotho Blog ’14” tab, above.

T.Y. parents and guardians please make sure you received and read the update sent by post over the mid-term break.


Mid-term break

We wish every member of the school-community a restful mid-term break.

Don’t forget we have students and teachers in Lesotho with their stories updated daily in Lesotho Blog ’14 in the drop-down menu above. There are other students and teachers skiing in Italy.

A letter will be sent to all parents/guardians of  students in Transition-year during the break with a comprehensive outline of events until the end of May. There are places on the Intel Youth Enterprise Ideation Camp, Scifest and the Musical – so get involved!

The Intel Youth Enterprise Ideation Camp is organised by the local Lions Club and takes place over two days in the P.S.L.C. The first seventy T.Y. students to email Mr. O’ Mahony at portmarnockty@gmail.com will get a place.

Ideation is about developing innovative ideas and entrepreneurship around community development. The two-days are facilitated by an expert from Bridge21 at Trinity College and all students will receive Intel Certification. Some students may also qualify for the next level of the competition (Image credit NUI Galway).

You can read Morgan Moore’s account of Safer Internet Day 2014 here. Thanks to class 2K!


Safer Internet Day

Mock exam-timetable here.

Class 2K are preparing for Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 11th February. They plan involving all First and Second-year students in an exercise with post-its, creative ideas and a little design, in order to give positive digital messages that will be broadcast via Twitter at #SID2014 and #Up2Us

Students, the Watch Your Space competition is here.

Webwise, from the Department of Education and Skills has advice for parents (here) and teachers (here).

Second-years:

Bon voyage to the students in Fourth-year setting off to Lesotho on Friday 7th February. We wish you safe travel and look forward to the daily blog which  appears as Lesotho Blog ’14 in the drop-down menu above. Thanks also to the many parents and the three teachers who accompany the students.

Teachers in the K-Compound welcomed students from France this week!

We wish Third and Sixth-year students well with the remainder of their mock-examinations. Classes on Wednesday 12th  February  are half-hour classes with an 11.55AM finish, in order to facilitate the mock-aurals. Buses will leave at usual times.

There is a comprehensive Transition-year update on the website here. Congratulations to Ciara Whelan and Faolán Radford McGovern who both received places on the Trinity College Dublin, Astrophysics Day, for TY students.


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