Congratulations to Ms. Orla Coleman on her appointment as Acting Deputy Principal. Ms Coleman will be supporting the TY and Fifth Year Students. We look forward to working with Ms. Coleman and supporting her in her new role.

Incoming First Year Assessments.

The Assessment will take place on Saturday 28th January from 9.00am to 12.30pm. This is the CAT 4 and is only to provide us with information on student’s strengths and weaknesses to enable us to meet their needs. It is not an entrance test and cannot be prepared for. It is multi-choice.

The doors will open at 9.00am  to accept the students. Prefects will be on hand to assist them at the gates as there is no parking on site.

Students should wear their uniform and have pens, pencils, sharpeners and erasers. Students can bring a snack/drink as there will be a break.

Parents are asked that they do not enter the school with their children. To collect your son/daughter please park at the PSLC/surrounding areas and pick them up at the front gates by 12.15pm.

We are looking forward to meeting our future PCS students on Saturday. Please communicate that there is nothing to fear in the assessment and no preparation is necessary or possible.


Evening Study for 3rd, 5th and 6th Years.

Evening Study will take place each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4.10pm till 6.10pm from Monday 16th January to Thursday 11th May 2023. The fee is 150 euro and can be paid through VS Ware. The application forms are available from Ms O’Toole in A5 or in the A compound. The form can be downloaded here.

HSE Advice on Group Infections.


The HSE have issued advice to all school communities following a large increase in general viral infections among children and young people this Winter. The most important measure is to stay at home if you are unwell. Full details are here (PDF).

CAO Information Presentation.

The Powerpoint that will be referred to at the remote meeting tonight (Monday 19th December) at 7pm for  Sixth Year Parents and Guardians is here (PDF). A Zoom link was emailed to parents.

A Message from Ms Tobin.


Dear students, families and friends,

I am embarking on medical leave for an extended period that will mean my absence for the remainder of the current academic year.

In my absence I am pleased to announce that Mr David Clarke, of the Deputy Principal team, will take on the role of Acting Principal and will therefore assume responsibility for the day to day operations of the school community, with the support of the Board of Management, teaching staff and administrative team. As Acting Principal, Mr Clarke will also act as Secretary to the Board of Management of the school for all matters relating to correspondence with the Board. While it is with a real sense of regret that I will miss the remaining events of this year’s school calendar, and the many milestones that will take place in the school life of our students before the summer holidays, I look forward to returning to start the new academic year with all my colleagues next September.


In the meantime I know that PCS is in the safe hands of Mr Clarke and the entire staff, all of whom are committed to the work of our school community and are looking forward to continued collaborations that support excellence in academic achievement and outstanding social and emotional learning for all students. I’m very grateful to all my colleagues for their unstinting work to support our students and one another on a daily basis.

Finally, I would like to wish all of you and your families a wonderful, relaxing Christmas and a happy, blessed and prosperous 2023 for all of us.

Beannachtaí na Nollag oraibh go léir agus athbhliain faoí mhaise daoibh.

Yours sincerely,

Helen Tobin

Plant A Bulb Campaign.

Buy A Bulb is a whole school project where each student and their family are asked to buy a bulb or two for €1 each and they will get the opportunity to plant the bulb/bulbs in the wild flower patch along the driveway into the school. Students will plant them in their tutor groups over a period of time before Christmas.
Fingal County Council have pledged a selection of bulbs as have Woodies. It is in aid of Cancer Awareness and Research.

Good Luck to the Class of 2022.

Following a moving and meaningful Graduation ceremony on Monday 23rd May we wish our Class of 2022 all the best in your exams and we remind you and our Junior Cycle students that we are here for you now and throughout June for support.

Incoming First Years Assessment Cancelled.

The Incoming First Year Assessment which was to be held at the end of January has been cancelled.  An Information Evening  will be scheduled – details to follow.

Online Learning January 2021.

8th January 2021

Good afternoon everyone,

I would like to take the opportunity to wish you and your families a safe and Happy New Year for 2021.


Certainly education has been very much dominating news coverage this past week with the ongoing challenge of Covid 19 facing our country. Indeed we are very proud that several of our students have had their voices heard during the national debate about reopening our schools.

The confirmation last night that all students will commence online learning beginning next Monday morning for the next few weeks, at least gives clarity for all, you as students, your teachers and your families. 

January is a busy month for school communities for many reasons, regarding selecting subject choices, presentations on CAO and the TY programme, Mock Examinations – and be assured we will be keeping you updated on all of these matters as time goes on.

For today I would like to focus on our return to remote learning on Monday morning:

We have been here before –  last March – and we have learned a lot about what works best in terms of our engagement with online learning:

  1. You will all be expected to follow your regular timetable from Monday to Friday. Routine will be very important
  2. Make sure you check your school email and Google Classroom regularly for work set and instructions to be followed
  3. Lessons will be a combination of set tasks, live lessons, videos….
  4. Upload your work as soon as you have completed it and submit as an assignment on Google Classroom unless your teacher has specifically requested an email.
  5. Contact your teachers through Classroom asap if you don’t understand or can’t access your work
  6. Do not contact your teachers outside of school hours
  7. Observe email/online etiquette in terms of language and tone. 
  8. Make good use of for resources and live chat support which is an excellent support available to all of you in all subjects.

Let’s work together and make the very most of every learning opportunity we are given this Month.

Meanwhile, I hope you all have a good weekend.

Stay safe, stay well, stay connected.

E Deeney


StudyClix Access for PCS Students.

We are aware that many students have not yet availed themselves of the school licence that we purchased at the start of the academic year
If your son/ daughter already has a StudyClix account the school code (provided in the letter attached : Letter for Parents Portmarnock CS) enables them to upgrade to a ‘plus’ account for free. The school has covered the cost.
If your son/daughter does not yet have a StudyClix account we ask that you encourage them to open one as soon as possible so that they can avail of the extensive resources that are available.
The school code should be entered in the space for ‘payment details’.
We are very grateful for your support in encouraging students’ independent learning and study habits.

Mocks and February Assessments.

Please check your Google Classroom for the timetables for the Mocks for Third and Sixth Years and February Exams for First, Second and Fifth Years.

Mock Exams 2023.

Please click here (PDF) for a letter about payment for the Mock Exams for Third and Sixth Years. A hard copy has gone home with your son/daughter too.

Cross Country Report

PCS had 9 teams running in the Sutton Park Cross Country relays in Howth Celtic yesterday. In teams of 4, 2 athletes ran 1km and 2 athletes ran 500m. A great challenge to all teams. Well done to you.

PCS had 9 teams running in the Sutton Park Cross Country relays in Howth celtic yesterday. In teams of 4, 2 athletes ran 1km and 2 athletes ran 500m. A great challenge to all teams. Well done to you.


1 PCS team had only 3 athletes – the first year girls team of Cadhla McNally, Megan Doyle and Shifrah Alwyn- which meant they ran 1km each. An even bigger challenge. A special well done to you!!


PCS came home with a silver medal for the Senior boys team of Callum Marshall, Andrew Comiskey, Robert Leilionas and Jack Keeley with Julian Igbolomi as sub. And a bronze medal for the second year boys team of Cian O’Leary, Oswald Alatise, Davide Scaringella and Daniel Burns. Bula Bus to the lads!!


A very special mention goes to Cadhla McNally who ran in 2 races, her own 1st year girls race and the second year boys.. And to Cian O’Leary and Davide Scaringella who ran in their 2nd

year boys race and the 3rd year one too. What team players. Thank you Cadhla, Cian and Davide!!


The next round of Cross Country relays will be held in Swords Community College February 2023. All are welcome to join this fabulous PCS Cross Country  team.

PCS Teams below:


Year Girls Boys
1 McAnally, Cadhla Moores, Luke
Lalor Doyle, Megan Motherway, Dylan
Alwyn, Shifrah Rooney, Finn
Morning, Cian
2 O’Leary, Cian Foley, Jack Goodson, Sam
Alatise, Oswald Byrnes, Daniel McAnally, Cadhla
Scaringella, Davide McKeever, Evan Fitzgerald, Leon
Burns, Daniel Sherlock, Luke Ntuli, Chichi
3 Colgan, Leah Uyorbisere, Brume Walsh, Jack
Del Bello, Caoimhe Hickey, Joseph O’Leary, Cian
Daly, Julie Zacarius, Marc Scaringella, Davide
McCann, Jamie Moore, Saul Neville, Hilard
5 Marshall, Callum
Comiskey, Andrew
Julian Igbolomi
Jack Keely
Robert Leilionas.


Everything points to Portmarnock community school