On Thursday 16th November the Irish Olympian Thomas Barr trained our students in a two hour session. The school won this amazing training session as a prize for competing in the Irish Life Health Schools Fitness Challenge.
The event was supported by Irish Life Health and they work in close partnership with Dublin City University and the creator of the Irish Schools’ Fitness Challenge, Professor Niall Moyna.
Thomas was so generous with his time and the school is still buzzing with excitement from the event and the lucky students who got to participate #RaisedTheBarr thoroughly enjoyed it! Who knows he may have inspired future Olympians!
Josh Tighe Fitzgerald, Aaron Cullen and Adam Doyle visit Country Crest North County Dublin growers and food producers. Tony Doyle and Country Crest are helping students prepare their project for YSI titled ‘Low Till High Tech’. The project looks at soil types and tilling and seed planting. Country Crest will recycle an old bicycle into a plough and the students will create a soil map of Lesotho.
Visit to Teagasc, Johnstown Castle, Wexford for the study of soil maps.
We offer our congratulations to the following students of the Class of 2017 who have been awarded Entrance Exhibition Awards by their universities as a result of their very high academic performance in the Leaving Certificate examination:
Christine Blott, Kate Fagan, Louise Fagan, Patrick Eccles and Ross Oglesby will receive awards from Trinity College and Roisin Dowd will receive her award from University College Dublin next week.
The students of Global Citizens Mapping the Future who won the SAGE World Cup this Summer for their Social Innovation Project were honoured in Leinster House this week. Thanks to Darragh O’Brien TD for hosting the group and for his support.
Our annual celebration of the deep talent in Portmarnock Community School took place on Friday 27th October. The Concert is the highlight of Friendship Week and features singers, groups, musicians, dancers and others. The students are given an opportunity to show their talent in a supportive environment which encourages others to get involved. Thanks to Ms O’Driscoll, Ms McGlynn, Mr Maynes, Mr Murphy and all of the students for their hard work. We also had a visit from Sam Maguire to cap a great day in PCS.
Well done to recipients of Academic Awards who were celebrated for their hard work and achievements in the State Exams on Thursday 19th October. This evening of celebration’s guest speaker was Michael Staines. Details and images can be seen here.
Congratulations to all 30 students who competed in the Cross-Country Race in the Phoenix Park yesterday. Individual winners were; Naoise Cullen 1J (2nd), Maximilian Kelly (1st), Aaron Cullen (2nd) and Craig Giles (1st). Team winners were both the Senior Girls and the Senior Boys’ Teams won the team events.. Both have won Perpetual Trophies that will be engraved and displayed in the school.
The First year girls team narrowly missed medals and placed 4th overall – with more training as a team I am sure they will place soon. Special mention must go to Rhys Chapman 3N and Jamie O’Hanlon 3C who jumped up to the Senior Boys. They nearly doubled their distance but, with their help, the Senior Boys’ won best overall Team.
Thanks to Ms Malone and Ms McDonald who have established PCS as an athletics force to be reckoned with.
Four Transition year debaters – Evelin Balogh, Benedicta Keil, Sean Hunt and Aodhan Smyth – took part in a Concern Debate Workshop on Wednesday 25th October in the city centre. Students joined debaters from other schools and participated in lots of fun activities that focused on the key skills of debating. They discussed the use of reliable sources for research, they worked on how to effectively offer refutation and rebuttal and there were also some interesting walking debates where students considered whether or not Disney princesses are good role-models for young girls and whether or not MMA should be banned.
The Senior Debating team will have three debates after the midterm break and are hoping to continue their winning streak! All support is welcome.
Lara Mcevoy, Sean Church, Cian O’Keeffe-Tighe, Cillian O’Sullivan & Lilly Yu represented Portmarnock Community School at the Leinster Schools swimming gala on Sunday 22 October at the National Aquatic Center.