Monthly Archives: October 2013

 IMG 8089: L-R: Principal Noel Daly congratulates Eriks Zairns on his results.

L-R: Principal Noel Daly congratulates Eriks Zairns on his results.

L-R Ian Carroll, Daniel Kelly receive their Juniot Cert results.

L-R Ian Carroll, Daniel Kelly receive their Juniot Cert results.

 L-R: Jack Hanley, Lauma Stals and Dyling Gowing recieve results from Principal Neol Daly.

L-R: Jack Hanley, Lauma Stals and Dyling Gowing recieve results from Principal Neol Daly.

: Eoghan O' Neill and Raymond Deering show each other their results.

L-R: Eoghan O’ Neill and Raymond Deering show each other their results.

L-R: Ms. Ann-Marie Scully congratulates Megan Lawless on her Junior Cert Results.

L-R: Ms. Ann-Marie Scully congratulates Megan Lawless on her Junior Cert Results.

L-R: Maeve Mitchell, Kyle Kilduff, and Gavin Maher receive their Juniot Cert results.

L-R: Maeve Mitchell, Kyle Kilduff, and Gavin Maher receive their Junior Cert results.

Picture14Transition Year students achieved a position at the Young Social Innovators Showcase with their project: “To read or to text that is the question”. This project was a response to the issue of reading in the lives of young people who TY believe are consumed with texting and social networking. The students prepared their project by; conducting a survey, reading in the local primary schools, a read-a-thon and a poster campaign.

They attended a ‘Speakout’ event in Kilkenny on, March 15th and presented their project to the judges and hosts of other schools present. Here, they were chosen to be in the last 60 school projects to present out of over 374 projects. Young Social Innovators provide a unique opportunity for young people to address social issues.

Picture17Portlaoise College students help Sunflowers Chernobyl Charity

5th year and TY students successfully raised €250 as well as developing their enterprising skills when they successfully planned and organised a fundraising Bakesale. The Bakesale was held at lunchtime in the school and relied on the contribution of baked goods from teachers, students and local businesses.

The event involved students developing and practicing their business skills and entrepreneurial talents. On the 14th of March a presentation of the cheque was made to Mr. Pat Dillon and Mr. Brendan Manning who visited the school representing the Sunflowers Chernobyl charity.

Picture1During the school year 2012/2013 Portlaoise College made huge strides in the Volleyball arena. With a little luck Portlaoise College could have been celebrating 4 All-Ireland titles this past year but unfortunately fell at the penultimate step three times and the final step on another. The Cadette girls were undeniably the team of the year. They defeated Roscommon, Dungarvan, Loughrea, Elphin and Athenry on route to the semi-final against Ennis. Continue reading

Picture18Seachtain na Gaeilge was a very busy time in Portlaoise College. We had céilí’s, indoor hurling, Irish films and a poster competition.

The theme of the competition was “Gaeilge” and and the three winners were; Anuja Rana, Kim Hui Thi and Martyna Muzinscis. Comhghairdeas!

The awarding of the annual Gaeltacht scholarships were awarded to:  Niamh Delaney, Aava Hearns, Amanda Bland, Viktorija Myja and Kayleigh O’ Connor. We wish them all the best when they attend the three week course during the summer. Continue reading

 Newly appointed Prefects from Portlaoise College had their Summer holidays cut short this year as they attended a training and leadership program in the scenic area of Glendalough, Co. Wicklow.

The role of Prefects in Portlaoise College is to mentor incoming students, demonstrate leadership among their peers and promote an inclusive school community. On the 20th August, 13 students began their Prefect training in Glendalough, accompanied by Ms. Cripps and Ms. Scully. Continue reading

Picture1A recent development in Portlaoise College saw the delivery of their own school bus.

The bus will be of huge benefit to the college due to the large array of curricular/extra-curricular activities and the regular need for transport with Sports Teams, Debating Teams etc.

“The provision of such a facility in the school has been in the planning for over a year or so”, stated the Principal Mr. Daly and he is delighted that it has become a reality.  “The bus is another addition to the great facilities at the college and with the large number of students attending, it will be sure to get plenty of use”.

Mr Daly would like to thank all the people who contributed to the purchase of the bus and is looking forward to it being used by the students.

Portlaoise College has taken part in several initiatives run by Music Generation, Laois.  A choral director worked with our choir each week developing their vocal and performance techniques. They performed at several events and hope to go onto bigger and better things for 2014. Continue reading

Picture16Portlaoise College recently entered three groups of 1st year students into the Laois Maths Quest competition which was held in conjunction with the Department of Education & Skills and Laois Education Centre. Great success was had by two of the groups as they came 1st and 2nd in the overall competition.

Many students from schools in Portlaoise took part in the competition which promoted problem solving (a huge part of the new Project Maths course). They had to describe a plan of action for arriving at their solution, list all the tasks they carried out and then mathematically show their approach used in arriving at the solution. 

When asked what they thought about the competition each student said it was challenging and hard but that they really enjoyed it and it has helped their problem solving skills.

Picture15Enterprise Students in Transition Year in Portlaoise College took part in a six week enterprise programme delivered by the Bank of Ireland called ‘Learn to Earn’.  Two Bank of Ireland employees engaged and entertained students with interesting and relevant topics such as Identity Fraud, Budgeting, Accessing credit, Investments options, and Insurance and Online banking.  Students picked up valuable lifelong skills and knowledge and wish to thank Ms Carol O’Connor and Ms Maria Harris for giving their time and wish to say that their visit was a very enjoyable experience.