Open night success at Portlaoise College

Portlaoise College principal Noel Daly speaks to parents and potential pupils at the college's open night.
On Thursday last Portlaoise College held a very successful open night for incoming first years

On Thursday last Portlaoise College held a very successful open night for incoming first years

On arrival primary school pupils and their parents got an opportunity to view the college students’ young entrepreneur business ideas which were on display in the foyer, as well as sampling some treats from the school’s fantastic canteen.

The evening started at 7pm with a welcome from the principal Mr Noel Daly. In his welcome to a packed hall he said that Portlaoise College was the “top of the league tables for students progressing to 3rd level in Laois”. Shortly after Mr Daly’s welcome, the visiting students, heard about life as a first year in the college from some current first years.

The huge attendance on the night received full guided tours of the state of the art facilities by prefects and teachers. Each room was on display with samples of students work from maths, languages, and technical graphics to sampling some home cooking in home economics. College students explained everything from the working of the school bank to giving a display of their musical talents in the music room.

Primary school pupils and their parents got to see first-hand how they will be using tablets next year in the classroom and how it will prepare them for the introduction of e-portfolios for the new Junior Certificate and third level studies.

As sport is central to all extra-curricular activities, students were treated to displays from the colleges All-Ireland winning volleyball and Leinster U14 football teams. As well as demonstrations from the victorious teams, the fabulous and creative junk koutoure dresses were also on display.

With science as a core subject for all first years, Portlaoise College students and science teachers were on hand to demonstrate some experiments which excited prospective students. With the school library and games room also on display, there was something to engage everyone’s interest.The night was a big success and 6th class pupils went home enthusiastic about life as a second level student in Portlaoise College.