Monthly Archives: September 2012

debatePortlaoise Library recently hosted the first of what will be an annual debating competition for schools.

The motion for the debate was ‘That this house believes that the internet will never replace the public library.’ It was a very interesting and competitive debate and the judges applauded the students for the sophistication of their arguments and the standard of their research.

The proposing side, Portlaoise College argued that the public library has never been so badly needed by local communities, that it is one of the few true democratic spaces open to us. They argued that nothing can replace the library, that it provides a unique public service and promotes literacy and the life-long love of books. The opposing side, Scoil Chriost Ri, argued that the internet is the way of the future and the convenience and availability of online libraries will soon render the local library obsolete.

Junior Debating Team: L-R Shannon Ryan, Corey Marum, Kerri Carroll-Talbot and Patrycja Nowakiewicz with teacher Ms. Siobhan Holland. 


business6th Year LCVP and Business students from Portlaoise College, organised a ‘Visit In’ from local entrepreneur, Mr. John McNamee of Eason’s Portlaoise (formerly known as: Laois Educational Supplies). During the visit, Mr. McNamee discussed and highlighted the central role of the bookshop in Portlaoise town as a service to the local community and talked about the future of “books” in the face of competition from the Internet and digitalisation. Students were told of the importance of changing with the times and the importance of offering products and services based on customer taste and wants. 

Aspects of the Business curriculum were explained such as; the income and expenditure of a business to the channels of distribution for books. This was followed by a question and answer session. This visit was fully organised by the 6th Year Business which involved LCVP Students approaching Mr. McNamee and requesting the visit, requesting permission from the principal Mr. Daly and organising the venue with the Deputy Ms. Cullen. Students wish to say a special thank you, to Mr. McNamee, who took the time from his busy schedule to come and talk to them.

 Portlaoise College Transition Year’s First Excursion’ written by Transition Year Student, Shannon Carroll Talbot.

ballacollaOn the 28th of September, the Transition Year students of Portlaoise College went on a bonding trip to Ballacolla, Co. Laois.

The strong group of students and four teachers headed off at 4pm, after doing a few bonding exercises in the school hall. These involved trust exercises. The first one was where the class had to spilt up into pairs and catch one another as we fell backwards. The second exercise involved six people standing on a crash mat, with their arms out, while a person fell off a high beam into their arms. After that, we headed off on an 8km hike in Cadamstown. Continue reading


Recipients of Junior Certificate Results: L-R: Dovile Grebliauskaite, Danielle McDonald and Kayleigh MacNamara.



3 Ennel; Winners of the Heritage in Schools Competition for their project: Mountmellick Workhouse Orphans 1848/49.

Picture: Back Row, L-R: Jenny Whelan, Gavin Maher, Colm Fitzpatrick, Eoghan Roche, Shane Murphy. Front Row, L-R: Shauna Techera and Dolapo Ayantola.