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Portmarnock Community School

Carrickhill Road, Dublin, Ireland

Portmarnock Community School runs a comprehensive Adult Education programme as well as being a co-educational day school that caters for student secondary education.

Portmarnock Community School is committed to an educational policy that fosters the development of the whole person.  We offer a wide range of courses most of which are aimed at the hobby and leisure market, as well as those focused on improving peoples employment opportunities. So whether you want to improve your language skills, computer skills or job and career focused skills, we have a course for you. We also offer a wide range of exercise based classes, music, arts and crafts, cooking / baking and courses aimed at parents / guardians.

Archery (Tuesdays 8-9:30pm)

The classes will be aimed at setting a foundation knowledge in range safety, bow safety, how to shoot safely and then how to progress in the sport. Learn and practice the basic fundamentals and exercises to develop technique and hit that bulls eye! Next course starts 24th Sept. 2019  

Art (Painting)

Introducing you to the basic elements in art. Colour, Composition, Perspective, etc. using varied medium-oils, acrylics, and watercolours. Painting is something anyone can try at any stage of life. Enjoy this creative, absorbing and relaxing hobby. Beginners and Improvers welcome. If you are a beginner, please don’t make any large purchase of art supplies until…

Badminton (Tuesdays 8:30-9:30pm)

A chance to play social badminton in a relaxed setting. All levels welcome. No previous experience required. Own racket required.   Starts Tues 3rd Sept.  2019  

Baking (Tuesdays 7-9:30pm)

Baking – Have Fun with Baking Would you like to improve your bakery skills and make delicious baked goods varying from tarts and brownies recipes to Christmas Baking? This course will take the scary side out of baking. The recipes are simple to follow and very tasty. In the 10 weeks you will learn how to…

Ballroom Dancing (Saturday 10-11am)

Get more comfortable on the dance floor with this up beat class. In the ten weeks we will the teach basic slow waltz, basic quickstep, cha cha cha and jive and if time allows a couple of old time sequence dances. This class will ignite your passion for dance and give you the confidence to get…

Beginners Spanish

Get ready for summer holidays with Beginners Spanish at Portmarnock Community School. This Spanish introductory course will give you a good grounding in the basics of the Spanish language with an emphasis on dialogue and conversation. Get an understanding of Spanish pronunciation. Suitable for beginners, or for people who wish to review the basic concepts…

Bridge Improvers (Wednesdays 1:30-3:30pm)

Bridge is more than just a card game, it is a new skill that will give you a new outlook on life. You will improve your memory, make new friends, discover a pastime that costs little but is all-absorbing and you have something for the rest of your life. you can start at any age…

Chinese (Mandarin) course

现在学中文 First, you will get to grasp with some Chinese characters. Chinese characters are taught according to the character formation system. Pinyin is introduced to the students from the very beginning. The Pinyin above the Chinese characters is then gradually removed to ensure a smooth learning transition for students. Once the students have a good grasp…

Computers (Love your IPAD)

This course will help iPad users gain knowledge to use their iPad with confidence. The course will have plenty of hands on practice with the iPad over the six weeks term. The aim is for a relaxed / fun and focused learning class. Course Content · Introduction to the iPad · Apps · Add On…

Cookery (Healthy Dishes From Around The World)

This hands on Cookery course will take you on a journey around the world, from the heart of Spain through Italy, across to the Moroccan countryside and further afield. Delicious, vibrant and healthy cooking shown step by step. Easy to follow recipes, that can be shared with family and friends. Share in this culinary tour.…

Craft Beer Brewing

After completing this course students will have the knowledge to source equipment and materials to brew their own beer. They will have an understanding of the brewing process and knowledge will have been shared with them to give them the confidence and know how to tackle their own brewing projects. Content includes Brewing Safety and…

Creative Writing (Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm)

Creative Writing: (Beginner’s Course)  The course will cover the creative process, writing fiction, non-fiction, poetry and will cover aspects of going public with ones work. With our highly recommended tutor, this is a must course for anyone wishing to further their writing skills and develop their creative processes. Overview PART 1 THE CREATIVE PROCESS (weeks 1…

Dance Fitness Class: Latin in Line (Sat 11am-12pm)

A fun way to get fit and learn the Cha Cha, Samba, Jive etc. No partner necessary. Starts Sat. 22nd Sept. 2018  10 weeks €80              11am – 12pm

English as a Second Language (Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm)

What is FCE? FCE stands for First Certificate in English and it is one of the most popular Cambridge English qualifications accepted by thousands of businesses and educational institutions worldwide. Who is it for? It is a test for people who need to prove they can use everyday written and spoken English. It is set…

Fashion Design for Beginners (Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm)

Pick up new skills and unleash your creativity with guidance from Fashion Designer Paul Alexander. It’s all about personal growth in a fun environment at Project Fashion. Our aim on this workshop is to introduce students to the basic use of a sewing machine and to build their confidence to advance onto our more project…

Fashion Design for Teenagers (Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm)

Pick up new skills and unleash your creativity with guidance from Fashion Designer Paul Alexander. It’s all about personal growth in a fun environment at Project Fashion. Our aim on this workshop is to introduce students to the basic use of a sewing machine and to build their confidence to advance onto our more project…

First Aid

This First Aid course, run in conjunction with the Civil Defence, is suitable for those wishing to provide First Aid in the family, sports and the workplace. Training includes CPR, recognition of life threats, treatment of heart attacks, burns and scalds, fractures and sprains. Instruction is provided by a qualified and registered Paramedic and Emergency…

Free Computer Training Digital Skills for Citizens (Tuesday 7-9pm)

Free course funded by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment Students should be from either of the groups listed below: Age profile 45+ Farming communities Small business owners (<10 people) Unemployed persons Persons with disabilities, and Disadvantaged groups. So, you have a Laptop/Desktop computer and/or maybe a Tablet and you don’t really make good…

Gardening for Beginners (Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm)

Learn the fundamentals of growing plants (both edible and ornamental) successfully and of gardening getting the most out of your space, no matter how small. The course aims to introduce participants to the basics of growing plants successfully and to give them a good understanding of how plants function and what they require to grow…

Golf

Get your Golf skills down to a tee with this course run by Portmarnock Community School.   This Golf course will cover:  Technique for a variety of shots  Club selection  Introduction to the rules of golf  Introduction to putting  Introduction to short game (chipping, pitching, bunkers)  Introduction to long…

Guitar (Beginners and Improvers on Tuesday nights)

Limited to 6 students so book early to avoid disappointment.   Improver’s and past students are welcome to join the class also. The aim of the course is to give you the skill set to: – play chords and scales – to learn and play different riffs – to learn exercises to support playing ability…

Italian Beginners (Saturday's 10am-12pm)

The Italian language is one of culture and travel. Speaking and understanding Italian is necessary to fully discover a country rich in history, art and literature. Italian also means “Made in Italy” and everyone loves Italian food, wine, fashion and design. It’s the fourth most studied language in the world! This course uses a communicative…

Italian Improvers

Italian is the language of culture. Some of the most important artists, painters and writers were born in Italy. Italian also means “Made in Italy” and everybody loves Italian food, fashion, cars and design. It is the fifth most taught foreign language in the world and speaking Italian is an opportunity to grow your culture, progress…

Mindfulness (Stress Management)

This course teaches participants a number of different mindfulness practices that can help you deal with stress more effectively and improve your health and well-being. We will introduce a number of different practices to cultivate mindfulness, including gentle mindful movement and sitting practices. We will also explore simple ways to integrate mindfulness into your daily…

Photography DSLR Course (Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm)

Photography DSLR Course (For Digital Single-lens reflex Cameras) This course will be suitable for both beginners and those with some experiences of DSLR photography but who wish to improve their understanding of their camera’s abilities. If you have a DSLR camera but generally stick to the automatic modes when taking pictures then this course is…

Pickleball (Modified Tennis) (Mondays 7-8:30pm)

A racquet sport combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong and is created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. About the Tutor: Debbie Brown Debbie Brown is a California native…

Pilates (For all Stages in Life)

The Tuesday Class will be for beginners, and the Wednesday class for more advanced students. It will involve challenging (non aerobic) matwork Pilates class is for people of all age. It promises to improve core strength & flexibility without bulking up. Pilates will also strengthen & lengthen the muscles improving bad posture. It is suitable for…

Pilates Pre and Post Natal (Thursdays 8-9pm)

Pilates is the best form of exercise during pregnancy as it focuses on gently strengthening the core and pelvic floor muscles, stretching the back as well as maintaining full flexibility. It’s super in aiding post delivery recovery.   Starts Thursday 27th September 2018         8 weeks        €80               …

Pottery (Saturdays 10am-12pm)

Want to learn the art of throwing pots on a potters wheel? Join our fun relaxing class making candle holders, soapdishes, and many more functional objects, and create clay animal sculptures using the pinchpot method. We would love you to join our class and guarantee lots of interesting ideas to inspire you! Equipment and supplies…

Spanish Advanced Conversational (Wednesdays 1:30-3:30pm)

Advanced Conversational Spanish Have you practised your Spanish for a long while but you still don’t feel confident enough? Well, this course is perfect for you! Once you have a base to work with, you can take your Spanish to the next level with conversational exercises, everyday language, colloquial and formal Spanish, as well as…

Spanish Improvers (Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm)

This Spanish Improvers course will help you to improve and gain confidence with your Spanish skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing). Emphasis on practising everyday and holiday situations, listening and grammar exercises. Ideal for those who have completed a beginners course or picked up some Spanish along the way. Emphasis on dialogue and conversation to enable…

Tai-Chi ( Wednesdays Beginners 7 – 8pm or Improvers 7:00 – 8:30pm)

Portmarnock Community School Adult Education Programme: Tai-Chi can be practiced at any age and practiced to a level of intensity that best suits your goals, whether they be learning how to relax and manage stress, using Tai-Chi as an aid to recovering from an injury or illness, or developing improved flexibility and fitness. The 10…

Tai-Chi (Wednesdays Beginners 7 – 8pm and Improvers 8:00 – 9:30pm)

Tai-Chi can be practiced at any age and practiced to a level of intensity that best suits your goals, whether they be learning how to relax and manage stress, using Tai-Chi as an aid to recovering from an injury or illness, or developing improved flexibility and fitnestai chis. The 10 week course will include an…

The Artist’s Way (Recovering your Creative Self)

Join Anne McDonald for a 10 week programme using the works of Julia Cameron to reawaken your creativity, reenergise your life and learn how to take as much care of yourself as you do for others. Each 2 hour workshop will show you how to help take a step back from your busy life to…

Tin Whistle (Tuesday evenings)

Tin Whistle Saturday course at Portmarnock Community School.   For those who would like to play the tin whistle and get in touch with their musical skills. ’D’ tuning whistle required. Limited to 10 students per class.   Beginners 7:30 – 8:30pm,  Improvers 8:30-9:30pm Starts Tuesday 9th October 2018       10  weeks     …

Ukulele for Beginners (Tuesdays 8-9:30pm)

The course is designed to help students of all ages get to grips with this popular ukelele instrument and learn the ukulele in a fun and exciting way. Get the skill set to learn and play different songs, learn exercises to support playing ability, and learn to play individually and in a group. Starts Tuesday…

Volleyball (Thursdays 8pm - late)

Social volleyball for men and women of all ages. No experience necessary. The aim for this year is to enter some tournaments with a hope of entering the national league competitions in 2018. Follow Portmarnock Volleyball Club on facebook for updates 16 weeks        €50 or  €5 per session     Starts Thursday 6th…

Yoga (Tuesdays. Beginners 7:15-8:15)

Portmarnock Community School Adult Education Programme: The hatha yoga practice is where all yoga is derived from and is a wonderful place for beginners to start. You will be guided mindfully through a variety of yoga poses, cultivating awareness of the body and the breath. Particularly suitable for those who want to increase their mobility, flexibility,…

Yoga for Pregnancy (Mondays 7-8pm)

Yoga for pregnancy: Practising gentle yoga can be the key to a healthy and enjoyable pregnancy, while helping you to discover trust and confidence in your natural resources for labour and birth. Pregnancy yoga will help you to prepare both emotionally and physically for giving birth and new motherhood. This will make you more comfortable…

Zumba (Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm)

Perfect For: Everybody and every body! Each Zumba class is designed to bring people together exercise. How it works: We take the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba Fitness classes are often…

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