Monthly Archives: December 2016

Portlaoise College celebrates
College Awareness Week with
‘Career Speed Dating’ event

Portlaoise College are set to host two innovative student events to celebrate College Awareness Week 2015.

As part of College Awareness Week 2015, which ran from Monday, 23 November to Sunday, 29 November, Portlaoise College hosted two innovative student events to raise awareness of the benefits of post-secondary education.

The first event tookplace on Monday, 23 November, with local professionals and 2nd year students taking part in ‘Career Speed Dating’. Up to twenty professionals from Portlaoise offered students an insight into a variety of careers such as accounting, law, garda, sales, radio commentary and many more. Groups of students will have two minute sessions with each of the attending professionals in an innovative speed dating format.

In addition, senior cycle students from Portlaoise College also participated in a Careers Fair on Wednesday, 25 November. Thirteen Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) presented to students, highlighting the diverse range of options available to those who want to make college a part of their future. These sessions were followed by an exhibition where students had the opportunity to meet with representatives from all the HEIs present.

Declan Qualter, Portlaoise College Guidance Counsellor said, “We are delighted to be part of a nationwide campaign to promote the importance of post-secondary education.
College Awareness Week encourages people of all ages to consider further education to be part of their future. Committing to third level study can be a daunting process for many students, so it’s vital that we play our part and make sure they’re aware of all options available.”

College Awareness Week aims to inspire and inform all students about the importance of having a post-secondary education plan. It advocates for students to have the choice to pursue the course best suited to their interests, abilities and future plans, whether that is a PLC qualification, an apprenticeship or a university degree.

College Awareness Week is supported by the Higher Education Authority, the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. The National Parents Council Post-Primary, the Irish Union of Second Level Students and Irish Business Employers Confederation have also come on board to lend their support.

Last year’s campaign, the first of its kind in Ireland, was a runaway success. Over the course of the week 363 events took place in many different locations including schools, higher educational institutes, community centres and libraries. The 2015 campaign is expected to bring even more participants on board, with an increase in the number of events and a strong focus on communities where participation in Higher Education remains below average.

College Awareness Week would like to gratefully acknowledge AIB and Perrigo for sponsoring this campaign and for their dedication to the betterment of communities and Irish society, through enhanced educational experiences.

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Picture Details
CAW3: Kathleen O’Toole-Brennan of Trinity College speaks to students of Portlaoise College at the Portlaoise College Careers Fair held on Wednesday 25th November
CAW1: Students from Portlaoise College getting into the College Aware Spirit as part of a College Awareness Week held from 23rd to 27th November
CAW4: Shantell Lawless and Jorja Phipps of Portlaoise College pictured at the Portlaoise College Careers Fair held on Wednesday 25th November




Portlaoise College 2
St Brigid’s Loughrea 1
(13-21, 21-17, 17-15)

Following on from last week’s All-Ireland Volleyball success, the next generation of volleyballers in Portlaoise College cemented their place in the history books with the schools first ever “First year All-Ireland” in the Spikeball National Finals in UCD. Spikeball is the introductory version of Volleyball played by first and second years throughout Ireland. Portlaoise College had qualified as the Leinster winners in the mixed competition and faced a day long blitz against the Connacht winners Loughrea, the Dublin winners Colaiste Cois Life and the Munster winners Dungarvan.

After the initial blitz games, Portlaoise faced off against Colaiste Cois Life in the semi-final. In a one sided game Portlaoise easily dispatched the Lucan outfit and set up a final against favourites Loughrea. The Westeners started the brighter and comfortably won the first set 21-13 with Portlaoise looking quite jittery and nervous. However Portlaoise rallied and won a very tight second set 21-17 with captain Evelina Petrevoska and Aleks Grzegolski impressive. The final third set (first to 15, by at least two clear points) went right down the wire with both teams having set points to win the game. Emma Lynch and Daniel Phillips defended manfully while Wiki Wojtkiewicz and in particular Abdel Karim smashed home the points as Portlaoise College edged a thriller 17-15. After the game captain Evelina Petrevoska accepted the cup on behalf of her jubilant team.
Portlaoise College: Evelina Petrevoska, Aleks Grzegolski, Emma Lynch, Daniel Phillips, Wiki Wojtkiewicz and Abdul Karim. Coach: Ollie Hally
Also on the day, Portlaoise College’s second years represented the school in the 2nd Year Mixed Spikeball but unfortunately bowed out in the semi-final to Colaiste de hIde, Tallaght. Hard luck to the team of Amber Dalton, Debbie



Our u16 and u19 boys basketballers had an eventful campaign during the months of September and October. Our u19 heroes slayed Borrisokane CS and Scoil Mhuire, Thurles before facing arch rivals Heywood CS in a winner takes all showdown. Despite herculean performaces from Eoin ‘The Enforcer’ Murphy and Alex ‘The Dominator’ Peter under the boards our lads lost by a heart-wrenching four points in a rip roaring contest. Credit must go to all the squad as their enthusiasm for the game was clear for all to see.
Led by the enigmatic talents of Daniels Suscenko and Jamie Skerritt our u16 boys offered some hope for the future with three extremely encouraging performances which unfortunately did not yield a victory. With developing talents like Norbert Jez and Michal Kuras success is appearing on the horizon.




A Lee Carroll-Talbot led Portlaoise College U15 Soccer team created history by becoming the first side in the school’s history to qualify for a Midlands League Final. Following an opening draw away to St. Paul’s Monasterevin, the college rattled off a 3-2 home win against The Curragh before a scintillating performance where the boys stormed back from two down to beat Athy 7-2 and and reach top spot in the group. A last gasp 3-2 victory in the semi-final against Gaelscoil Chill Dara sees the boys advance to their historic January encounter against Dunlavin C.C..


On 9th December Portlaoise College held its first annual Christmas Day in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital. There were numerous events going on during the day such as:

Christmas Market: Students from 1st year and TY sold various wonderful items that students, staff and parents purchased at great prices. This was run as a business enterprise activity where students learned about costs, profits, marketing and product presentation.




Santa’s Grotto: Over 300 students from Junior, Senior and 1st class at Scoil Bhride National School and the Gaelscoil Phortlaoise got to meet Santa with each child receiving a delicious treat baked by our Home Economics department.

Christmas Dinner for members of a local Day Care Centre: Approximately 30 members of the Day Care Centre on the Timahoe Road were treated to a full Christmas dinner compliments of the school canteen.

Christmas Jumper Day: All students and staff wore Christmas jumpers and prizes were given to the best dressed students and staff. All participants donated generously to partake in the competition.

Carol Singing: To add to the festive spirit our fantastic school choir were carol singing on the school stage all day.

Overall €800 was raised for Crumlin Children’s Hospital