RE-OPENING 2020/21 - Letter to Parents / Guardians & Pupils
Due to the ongoing efforts to manage a re-opening of school for all pupils, it has been necessary to amend the return to school schedule. Of paramount concern is the safety of all pupils and staff and it is essential that all pupils and parents / guardians understand the significant changes to the school’s operating systems and structures, and their responsibilities to co-operate with the revised protocols.
JOB APPLICATION - Teacher of Biology & Junior Science
The Board of Management of Carndonagh Community School invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the position of Biology & Junior Science Teacher which may arise for the Academic Year 2020/21.
Leaving Certificate Fees: The closing date for payment of the Leaving Cert examination fee is being extended until after the exams are complete and the results are to be issued.
Junior Certificate/Cycle Fees: Students will not be required to pay examination fees to the SEC in relation to the 2020 Junior Cycle examinations. The SEC will be issuing a refund to all students who have already paid. There is no need to contact the State Examinations Commission as refunds will be made automatically. Further details will be sent to all schools in the coming days.
The competition has ended to name the TY Mascots. Say hello to Timmy & Bloom! The cute lambs belong to Chaylee Greene TYC and Danny Mc Laughlin TYD. Thanks to everyone who participated and suggested a name.
Congratulations to Amy McGonigle TY, who recently reached the semi-final of the Foróige NFTE Enterprise Competition with her book - Twelve Months of Irish Traditions & Superstitions. The book is available for purchase at: Sinéad’s Creations & Newsagents; Centra Clonmany; Clonmany Post Office; McKenna’s Centra Buncrana; St. Columbcille Village Clonmany. All proceeds go to St.Columbcille Village/High Support Unit in Clonmany.
The following Derry Journal article tells the full story...
First year students took on the challenge of designing a poster or making a model from any medium based on the First Year History curriculum. The overall standard was very impressive and with a lot of consideration the following winners were chosen:
Luke Mc Laughlin 1E Kaylah Duffy, Aimee M Douglas, Níamh Toland 1G Clodagh Grant 1C Cormac Mc Ginn 1F Abbie Watson 1E
The History Department commends the many other entries as it was a very difficult choice to select only five winners. Well done to everyone for entering. The models and posters are on display in the Art display area in the Technology Building. Certificates and prizes will be presented when we return to school.
Legend has it that the famous writer Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in just six words. He took on the challenge and wrote the following story “For sale, baby shoes, never worn”. Apparently he called it his best work. Well if Hemingway can do it then so can CCS students thus there was great excitement throughout the school as students took on the challenge of writing an essay in just six words. The overall standard was very impressive and with a lot of deliberation and some judging assistance needed from outside of CCS the following winners were chosen:
Hearts broken, fingers crossed, family lost – Nicole Donaghy 1A
Parents and guardians are experiencing significant challenges in this current situation, many having to work from home while at the same time juggling childcare and having to ensure that children and young people are doing their bit to adhere to the HSE’s social distancing and hand hygiene guidelines.
Many are being ‘teacher’ as well as ‘parent’, supporting their teenagers to complete school work and trying to maintain the routine of family life. For some of them, their child / young person may be experiencing distress or anxiety at this time.
Live webinars – where parents can engage in live group chats to share their experiences and get support from a Jigsaw clinician
Peer-to-peer content – videos hearing from other parents about their strategies for coping
Online courses available for download on the topics of mental health awareness for parents and self-care for parent
Support for Pupils from Jigsaw
All young people across the country are impacted by the current COVID-19 situation; we know that many are experiencing anxiety and fear and all are experiencing social isolation as a result of school and workplace closures and social distancing measures.
www.jigsaw.ieprovides a space where young people can access mental health information, advice and support to help them to deal with the current situation.
Free inbound telephone-based mental health supports delivered through a 1800 freephone number targeting all young people, including those awaiting a first appointment forJigsaw’s face-to-face service
Regular supportive content on a range of COVID-19 related topics such as anxiety, conflict resolution, relationships, uncertainty and more aiming at offering support and developing self-care strategies for young people through features such as peer-to-peer content, regular vlogs and audiograms from Jigsaw clinicians
Twice daily live group chats –scheduled, regular and anonymous online group messaging feature facilitated by Jigsaw clinicians, where young people can share their current experience of COVID-19and get support from others
Insta Livepieces - Jigsaw clinician developed content directly published on Instagram (approx. 365,200 users aged 13-24)
School can make a substantial contribution to the health and well-being of the whole school community. Schools for health in Ireland provides a framework for a school to assess health needs and begin a process of working towards better health for all who learn and work within the school setting.