Awards Night 2014.

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A wonderful celebration of academic excellence in the state exams took place last night. Mr Higgins whose glorious artwork formed an historical backdrop to a great night transformed the Assembly Hall into an impressive arena of awards. Parents witnessed students being presented with the fabulous awards depicted above which were also designed and created by Mr. Higgins. Our returning Leaving Certificate and last years Junior Certificate students who excelled in their exams through dedication and long hours of study will treasure them for a very long time.

 

Our Principal, Ms Deeney, welcomed our special guest speaker Mr Shaun Quinn, Chief Executive of Fáilte Ireland. Mr Quinn exhorted the students to retain their work ethic, as it is this that will set them apart from others with similar skills. He emphasised a focus on goals as important but also saw interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence as attributes that will enhance opportunities.

 

Mr Quinn then presented our most successful Junior Certificate students with their certificates. Ms Norris read out the list of names concluding with Rachel Donnelly-Lawlor who won the Overall Award. Mr Clarke then called the Leaving Certificate students forward, concluding with our Overall Award winner Mark Nolan. Mark is studying Medicine in TCD and continues to be a remarkable individual who is not only highly focused on his studies but also on his community.

 

We were delighted that Ms Geraldine Kenny returned to PCS to present our annual Mathematics Award to Kate Hawkshaw. Ms Kenny spoke passionately of the centrality of Maths in so many aspects of modern life. She expressed delight at so many female students pursuing Science and Maths related courses.

 

Our Head Boy and Head Girl, Ultain O’Moráin and Ailbhe Twomey presented our Students of the Year with their trophies and medals. Students from each year are marked out as contributing in a significant way to school spirit. The winners were: Holly Ramsey (1st Year); Ashlee Rocliffe (2nd Year); Oisín Reilly (3rd Year); Faolan Radcliffe-McGovern (4th Year) and Kate Finnucane (5th Year).

 

The Principal’s Award is given to a student that has excelled academically but also contributed widely to our school community. Mark Nolan was the deserving recipient.

 

All in all a marvellous night marking the rewards that come with dedication and hard work was enjoyed by parents, students and teachers alike.

History Debate.

image DebCongratulations to the 5th year students who took part in this mornings debate. Eoin Holton; Caitlin Kernan and Jack Nicholson proposed the motion : “That Leni Riefensthal was a propagandist not a documentary maker” while Anton Krasovsky: Lee Byrne and Sam Cox opposed the motion.
After an excellent and well researched debate the motion was defeated.
Thank you to everyone involved especially Mr Clarke and Ms Gaffney who adjudicated. Thanks to Ms O’Brien and Mr Cogavin for facilitating a very intellectually stimulating debate.

 

Debating News – Concern Debating Workshop and an upcoming debate.

On Monday 6th October, four students attended a Concern Debating Workshop in the Carmelite Community Centre on Aungier Street in Dublin City Centre. Students from schools across the country attended the workshop, which focused on teaching students about researching debates, presenting debates and the skills of refutation and rebuttal. The day ended with a mini-debate where each student presented a one-minute debate on the topic.

 

Our first Concern Debate takes place on Tuesday 4th November at 7pm in the school. We are hosting the debate against Dominican College, Griffith Avenue, and we are proposing the motion that ‘Critics who threw ‘cold water’ on the ice bucket challenge were unfair.’  We hope to have a good audience for the debate so please come along and support our debaters as they tackle this topical issue.
Ms. Bradley.

SciFest launches.

 

logoSecond and Fourth Year students are being made aware of the SciFest competition this week. Dr. Justin Lawler of Qualflow Systems will be giving Second Year students a talk this week about SciFest, a nationwide second level science competition. Dr. Lawler has been a judge at the competition in the past.

The school had an enthusiastic participation in the competition last year, with ten projects entered. We hope to see great uptake again this year. More information is available at scifest.ie.