After two years of unprecedented disruption, schools have been told to resume normal routines and normal teaching and learning activities, since February 28.
Portlaoise College has certainly embraced the return to normality with an array of student centred activities occurring over the last week.
- Firstly, after a three-year absence Portlaoise College held interviews for their Gambia 2023 trip with 16 lucky students selected for this trip of a lifetime.
- The school held a scholarship exam for their 192 incoming 1st Year students
- After waiting for over 2 years, 5th Year students eventually got the opportunity to go an overnight team bonding trip to Delphi Adventure Centre in Connemara
- The Irish department have organised a range of activities to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge
- Our students have been busy participating in Engineering Week
- Students and teachers did a massive collection of donations for the families affected by the war in Ukraine.
- Our Under 16 boys Gaelic Football team are playing a Leinster Final on Friday 11th March
- Also on Friday, the school will host our first ever School Spring Ball for senior students including a two course dinner, after dinner music and dancing.
Principal Noel Daly outlined: “It’s certainly been a busy two weeks since the lifting of restrictions but Portlaoise College is a school that places a massive emphasis on offering students a diverse range of experiences both inside and outside the classroom.
“Now to be able to offer this diversity again, and do what we do best without the “Covid” cloud hanging over us is fantastic.
“We will now ensure we do what we can to provide students with the educational experiences they have missed out on.
“Education is about the whole person and offering students a range of opportunities and experiences that provides for their holistic development is what we are about.”