Busy…

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.


Good luck in your examinations!

Mock exam-timetable here.

The Musical meeting today, Thursday 6th February at 4PM is cancelled.

We wish Third and Sixth-year students well in their mock-examinations over the next two weeks. 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.

The musical this year is Bugsy Malone.

Classes will end at 3.25PM on Monday 10th February for the  First-year, Parent-teacher Meeting: 4.15PM – 6.45PM.

You will see two new items in the drop-down menu above

Lesotho Blog ’14 (edited by Camillus Glover)

Bugsy Malone (edited by Sam Cox)

Content will be added, as each venture develops over the next while.

Image: movie poster for the American theatrical release of the film “Bugsy Malone” (1976),  Source URL here via Wikipwedia.


Mock exam-timetable here.


We recently received this moving video from the Dublin Airport Authority, filmed as the children and young people from Chernobyl arrived in Ireland for Christmas. The Choir is from Portmarnock Community School.

There is a comprehensive Transition-year update on the website here.

Second-year Assembly

Classes will end at 3.25PM on Monday 10th February for the  First-year, Parent-teacher Meeting: 4.15PM – 6.45PM

Incoming First-years:

The second Assessment Test will take place on Saturday1st February 2014 from 9.30am to 12.30pm. The doors will open at 9.15AM  to accept the students.

Students should wear their primary-uniform and have pens, pencils, sharpeners and erasers. Students are advised not to bring water to the test. The test will take place in the Sports Hall which is the large building on the right as you enter the school. Cars may be parked in the basketball courts which are located on the right just before the sports hall.

Parents are asked that they do not enter the Sports Hall with their children. Thank you. Samples of the assessment tests are linked here, Gaeilge, English and Maths (Matamaitic as Gaeilge anseo). The Junior Cycle English Texts list for your child is here.

A recording of the Livestream of Holocaust Memorial Day from PCS can be viewed here.

Sunday the 26th of January marks Ireland’s National Holocaust Memorial Day.

Our school will hold its annual memorial day on Monday the 27th of January. This year we focus on the theme “Who will speak?”.

As we remember the victims of the Holocaust we celebrate those who risked their lives to protect Jews in Europe. This year in particular we remember Mary Elms (center above) the only Irish person recognised as Righteous Among the Nations and challenge our whole school community to not only remember the past, but to stand up and be counted to ensure all those who cannot speak for themselves are given a voice. (Image: Irish Central  and American Friends Service Committee).


5th Year PTM, Monday 27th, CAO Talk, Tuesday 28th…

There is a lot happening in PCS right now so please scroll down the webpage to keep up to date!

Thanks to all the  Sixth-class parents / guardians of First-years starting in August 2014 who attended in such large numbers at the information evening recently. The slides from the presentations are below.

Mr. Clarke


Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad

Mr. O’ Mahony

Mr. McNeive

Mr. Sweeney

You should have already received this leaflet “Information for sixth class pupils” regarding the new Junior Cycle from your Primary-school. If not, you can read it here.

The second Assessment Test will take place on Saturday1st February 2014 from 9.30am to 12.30pm. The doors will open at 9.15AM  to accept the students.

Students should wear their primary-uniform and have pens, pencils, sharpeners and erasers. Students are advised not to bring water to the test. The test will take place in the Sports Hall which is the large building on the right as you enter the school. Cars may be parked in the basketball courts which are located on the right just before the sports hall.

Parents are asked that they do not enter the Sports Hall with their children. Thank you.

Samples of the assessment tests are linked here, Gaeilge, English and Maths (Matamaitic as Gaeilge anseo).

The Junior Cycle English Texts list for your child is here.

Athletics Training: Friday morning Sports Hall 7.30AM. All year groups and abilities welcome.

Musical: First meeting, Wednesday 12.45PM, Assembly Hall.

There is a full Transition-year update in the TY section of the website.

Mock exam-timetable here.

Well done to all Transition-year students who participated in ComputeTY in Dublin City University recently. They all received certification in Java, Web-design (HTML) or MIT’s AppInventor. All students are reminded that AppInventor is an application you can study yourself across most platforms (here). The students’ tutors were very impressed with their capacity to learn. Congratulations to Marina Ritthaler who won an award for the speed of her design in Java and thanks to Ms. Keane for accompanying the students each day.

Thanks to our Senior Gaelic Footballers and their Mentors who raised €1,000 for Paralympics Ireland (Liam Harbison CEO of Paralympics Ireland is a past pupil of Portmarnock Community School). Thanks to Malahide Community School for providing the opposition. Portmarnock won (in the end!) Image: Olympic Council of Ireland (here).

The Central Applications Office talk will be given by Brian Mooney on Tuesday 28th January at 7.30PM. All parents/guardians and sixth-year students are welcome to attend. Brian is guidance counsellor and an assistant principal at Oatlands College and is well known from his work with RTÉ and the Irish Times (Image: CAOcourses.ie).

Classes will end at 3.25PM on the following dates to facilitate the Second, Fourth and Fifth-year Parent Teacher Meetings

  • Monday 27th January: Fifth-year, 4.15PM – 6.45PM
  • Monday 10th February: First-year, , 4.15PM – 6.45PM

 


Tuesday 21st Jan. 2nd Year PTM 4.15PM – 6.45PM

There is a full Transition-year update in the TY section of the website.
Mock exam-timetable here.
On Tuesday the 21st of January Portmarnock Community School Senior Boys Gaelic football team, will play Malahide Community School in a charity fundraiser game. The match will take place on the school pitch with a 2:15 throw in.
All 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th year students are allowed attend this match, if they purchase a ticket costing 5 Euro. Proceeds will go to Paralympics Ireland (Liam Harbison CEO of Paralympics Ireland is a past pupil of Portmarnock Community School).

 

Well done! “A 59TH-MINUTE goal by centre-forward Josh Hoban proved to be the deciding factor at Tom Russell Park on Tuesday afternoon as Portmarnock Community School secured the Dublin Schools Juvenile Football ‘C’ title…” Read more here from the Hearld (Image and report Daire Walsh – two more photos in the preceding link).

Classes will end at 3.25PM on the following dates to facilitate the Second, Fourth and Fifth-year Parent Teacher Meetings

  • Tuesday 21st January: Second-year, 4.15PM – 6.45PM
  • Monday 27th January: Fifth-year, 4.15PM – 6.45PM
  • Monday 10th February: First-year, , 4.15PM – 6.45PM

The talk for Sixth-class parents / guardians of First-years starting in August 2014 will take place in the school Assembly-hall on Thursday night, 23rd January at 7.30PM.

You should have already received this leaflet “Information for sixth class pupils” regarding the new Junior Cycle from your Primary-school. If not, you can read it here.

The first of two Assessment Tests will take place on Saturday 25th January 2014 from 9.30am to 12.30pm. The doors will open at 9.15AM  to accept the students.

Parents are reminded to return

  1.     the subject choice form
  2.     the Internet policy form
  3.     the medical condition form

These will be collected from your child on Saturday next. Place all the forms in ONE envelope.

Students should wear their primary-uniform and have pens, pencils, sharpeners and erasers. Students are advised not to bring water to the test. The test will take place in the Sports Hall which is the large building on the right as you enter the school. Cars may be parked in the basketball courts which are located on the right just before the sports hall.

Parents are asked that they do not enter the Sports Hall with their children. Thank you.

Samples of the assessment tests are linked here, Gaeilge, English and Maths (Matamaitic as Gaeilge anseo). This years equivalent tests take place on Saturday 1st February 2014 (not next Saturday). These tests will be explained fully on Thursday 24th.

Second-year Assembly (16th January)


A busy month!

Thanks to the quality of their content, the Slideshare presentations uploaded onto the PCS website were amongst the top 1% of viewed presentations worldwide in 2013. Well done to the teachers and students who provided this content. Slideshare is “ amongst the most visited 200 websites in the world “. This information became available on 14th January 2014.

 

The presentation for Third-year parents/guardians for entry into Transition-year took place on Monday 13th January at 7.30PM. Thanks to all who attended. The slides (on Slideshare) are below… Third-year students will receive this presentation on Friday 17th January at 2.50PM in the school Assembly Hall. Any parents who missed the talk are very welcome to attend.


Parent Teacher Meetings:

Classes will end at 3.25PM on the following dates to facilitate the Second, Fourth and Fifth-year Parent Teacher Meetings

  • Thursday 16th January: Fourth-year, 4.15PM – 6.45PM
  • Tuesday 21st January: Second-year, 4.15PM – 6.45PM
  • Monday 27th January: Fifth-year, 4.15PM – 6.45PM

Adult Education Registration: Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th, 7.30 – 8.30PM. Please consult brochure here.

Mr. Conroy writes...”On Tuesday the 21st January Portmarnock Community School Senior Boys Gaelic football team, will play Malahide Community School in a charity fundraiser game. The match will take place in St. Sylvesters GAA grounds (opposite Malahide Community School) with a 2:00 throw in. All 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th year students are allowed attend this match, if they purchase a ticket costing 5 Euro. Some of the proceeds will go to Paralympics Ireland (Liam Harbison CEO of Paralympics Ireland is a past pupil of Portmarnock Community School). Over the coming week students will be going around to classes selling tickets (apologies for the interruptions in advance). On Tuesday the 21st students who have purchased a ticket go to class period 7 as normal. Once they show their class teacher the ticket they are allowed leave class and make their way up to the pitch – through Naomh Mearnog GAA Grounds. If any teacher is available to attend the game and assist with supervision it would be  greatly appreciated.”


January 2014 – parent-teacher meetings update / note new 5th Year date.

The Months Mind Mass for Sixth-year student Marcel Wasko took place in St. Anne’s Church Portmarnock recently. We would like to thank the Wasco family and all members of the school and parish community who made it such a reflective and prayerful memorial of his life.

There is a full Transition-year update in the TY Notices in the drop-down menu above.

The presentation for Third-year parents/guardians for entry into Transition-year will take place on Monday 13th January at 7.30PM.

Parent Teacher Meetings:

Classes will end at 3.25PM on the following dates to facilitate the Second, Fourth and Fifth-year Parent Teacher Meetings

  • Thursday 16th January: Fourth-year, 4.15PM – 6.45PM
  • Tuesday 21st January: Second-year, 4.15PM – 6.45PM
  • Monday 27th January: Fifth-year, 4.15PM – 6.45PM

Portmarnock Community School wishes a Happy New Year to all members of the school community and beyond. We particularly wish every success to our students and teachers in 2014, especially those in Third and Sixth-year undertaking State-examinations.

The RNLI wish to thank Transition-year students who sold Christmas cards on their behalf at the end of 2013. €201.46 was raised. Well done! (Image: Irish Lifeboats)

The Leaving Certificate Options talk for Third and Fourth Year Parents/Guardians of students going into Fifth-year took place recently. Mr. Farrell has posted subject-choice information here (Amended 8/1/14) Mr. Farrell writes “Please consult the accompanying document in conjunction with your son / daughter / ward for the purposes of choosing one’s subjects options for the Leaving Certificate cycle. This is a very comprehensive document which should enable students to choose subjects in terms of their aptitude and interest in these subjects and their general suitability for third level courses.  I will shortly  be posting a PowerPoint presentation (now below) in respect of same on this website. Both parents and students should also consult the following websites prior to submitting their choices to their Tutor on 20th January – www.qualifax.ie and www.careersportal.ie I, the Guidance Counsellor, will also be giving a class presentation to all transition year classes in the run up to the January 20 subject options submission deadline.”

Second-years:

Adult Education Registration: Please consult brochure here.

Reminder

We want to remind all members of the school community of our advice (here) after experiencing the tragic death of a student. Your family has also received a copy of this by post.

Image: student art.


Nollaig Beannaithe agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh…

We would like to wish every member of the school community a very Happy Christmas and successful 2014.

The school reopens on Monday 6th January.

For forward planners, the dates for the Junior Certificate examinations in June are here and the Leaving Certificate, here. Our suggested Christmas-present book-list for teenagers  is here. Your local Library may also have these books.

This Christmas saw the retirement of Áine O’ Connor from our Administrative Staff. Áine had worked with us for the last twenty-three years and was often the first personal point of contact with the school. We wish Áine a very happy retirement.

2013 was a momentous year in the life of the school with the retirement of Mr. O’ Riordan and the appointment of Ms. Deeney as the first female Principal of the school. They are pictured here with Marie Céline Clegg, IBVM, (Board of Management) and Gerardine Mullen, IBVM, (Chaplian).

The school-choirs, the trad-group, various musicians, Ms. O’ Driscoll, Ms. McGlynn and Mr. Maynes had a busy December. They provided inspiring music and song at the Carol-service, entertainment at the First-year concert, fundraising at the local Dunnes Stores and finally singing Fáilte Abhaile to passengers arriving at Dublin Airport to start their Christmas holidays.

An animation, produced by students and Ms. Tynan, was shown on a continuous loop, on screens at Dublin Airport. It is a great tribute to the quality of their work!

There are short video-clips of the choir in the photo-stream on the right and a longer one below. There are also more animations below.

Click on the right arrow….

Crann Nollaig

Nollaig Shona

Santa is coming!

Snowman

Portmarnock Community School is one of the official partners for Safer Internet Day 2014. It is hoped that Twitter will be involved in a project with the school on 11th February. The 2014 Safer Internet Day website was just launched here. The theme is “Let’s Create a Better internet Together”

The following videos were made by Transition Year students who attended Create-school last October. Each video is credited in its own right. The Assignment is particularly popular on YouTube.

Can you see me now?

Punishment

The Assignment

Image Credits: Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. O’ Driscoll, Mr. O’ Mahony, Ms. McGlynn.

Animation Credits: students named at end of each animation / Ms. Tynan is the teacher involved.


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