On 25th January fifth year students from Portlaoise College visited the Portlaoise Station as part of their link modules program and their investigation on the work of Laois County Council. Students were given a very informative and interesting talk and tour by Chief Fire Officer James Brown. Students learned about ways to prevent fires in their homes and how to avoid road accidents. They then got an opportunity to view the various firefighting equipment located at the station.
Photo 1: Oleg Besekerskis and Tomas Dzudza
Photo 2: Tomas Dzudza
Photo 3: Group
Presentation of jerseys to Portlaoise Institute of Further ,Education Gaelic Footballers.
In Photo back row Fintan Walsh, Tony Dalton LOETB Adult education Officer , Gerry Buckley Ceo of NIS , Ian Moore , Sean Bergin ,John Murphy
Front row , Denis Dooley , Jack Brown,Buri Heffernan
The team was set up this year in the college. It is made up from students on the level 5 and 6 programs. It is the first ever Laois team to be entered into a 3rd level competition. The team competed in the 4th division of the Sigerson league. At the time of writing this article the team are due to play the first round of the championship against NCI.
John Murphy said “It is a great opportunity for students to compete in a 3rd level competition As we are learning the standard is extremely high. We have players on county panels and club teams and its great for these players to be playing in the competition like this one”
Students from Portlaoise College recently represented their school in the Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS. The second year students Emma Lynch, Saorcha Lawlor and Ben O’ Rourke were delighted to have the opportunity to be involved in the young scientist. Thier project was a sample analysis of Bottled Water and Mains Water. The students in Portlaoise College have been working hard investigating ways of preserving our environment and this is where their idea stemmed from. They examined the chemical and physical differences between bottled and mains water with the aim to make people aware that is actually no significant difference between the two. They wanted to develop an awareness around the unecessary amount of plastic bottles that end up in our landfills and oceans every year. The students involved under the guidance of their teacher Ms. Lawlor have been very busy carrying out a number of chemical tests on their samples and compiling their results. The gained expertise from 2 water purification companies call Whitewater Ireland who are a company based in Stillorgan and also the Water Lab in Cellbridge carried out a number of laboratory tests on the water for the students.
Portlaoise College school principal Mr. Noel Daly said “ he is delighted with the success of the students and the Science Department with the project and their entry into the young scientist competition. This is a result of the emphasis Portlaoise College places on STEM related subjects and the promotion within the curriculum and through the STEM conference.