Through the Corridors of Time - The Chronicles of CCS
Carndonagh Community School opened on 1st August 1973. In 2018 we will be commemorating and celebrating 45 years of the school. To mark the event, we hope to bring together the recollections and reminiscences of as many of our past pupils (and staff) as possible, with a view to compiling a chronicle of memories.
Our aim is to have contributions from every year – 1973-2018. We have past pupils all over Ireland and all over the world, and also a great many who stayed in Inishowen. Everyone has their story and we want to hear it. Besides the online form (see above), there are several ways to contact us...
Auditions and Rehearsals have been underway these last weeks in preparation for this year’s school production “C.C.S. Talent Spectacular”! The show will take place, for one night only, on Thursday 25th January 2018, commencing at 7.30pm in the Áras. All year groups from the school will be represented on stage with acts encompassing song, dance, instrumental & poetry. Our students…Read More
All Sixth Class Pupils and their Parents / Guardians are invited to Open Night on Tuesday, 30th January. Assemble in The Aras at 7pm. Enrolment forms and Prospectus will be available on the night. Completed Enrolment Forms and a copy of the pupil's Birth Certificate must be returned to the school by Wednesday, 7th February. Enrolment Forms must include the pupil's…Read More
Have a go at the following puzzle to win yourself a voucher for a hot chocolate and a tray bake in the delicious Café Banba!! Answers (including name and class) to be posted in the answer box at the Coffee Dock.
Meeting of the Photography Club next Monday (15th January) at 1.30pm lunchtime in 306A. All welcome! Remember to enter the photo competition by 22nd January. We're back! CCS Photography Club will resume meetings in January 2018 - everyone welcome. Camera not necessary! Keep an eye out for posters or website notices from now on. Competition theme is WINTER 2017 / CHRISTMAS. Email entries to…Read More
The senior CCS boys’ rugby team returned with vengeance after their previous defeat to Rainey, when they faced St. Columba’s in the Ulster U18s Trophy Semi-final. From the starting whistle the boys emptied the tanks and played with one hundred per cent commitment to winning the game. The Columba’s team came out with initial bursts of pressure coming from the…Read More
Aishling Doherty (Class 1E) recently won Mrs. Farren's Christmas Creative Writing Competition, incorporating all the words of the week so far this year.
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Word of the Week lineup... Read More
Day of Action Fundraiser Presentations photo album The Annual Day of Action fundraiser once again greatly reflected the generosity of the school community, and Inishowen in general. The school's designated charities - Derry & Donegal Hospices, Donegal Alzheimer's Society & SVP - were presented with €7,000 in total. A huge debt of gratitude is owed to all who contributed in any way…Read More
On Monday, 18th December, Connor Doherty (Fifth Year) presented Finola McColgan (Carndonagh Hospital) with the proceeds of the school's "Sponsor A Bulb" fundraiser. Many thanks to all members of staff who contributed to the fund. Read More
The Carndonagh Community School Calendar will adhere to the DES school closures below, but will also carry details of all events, activities and school closures particular to CCS. Parents, teachers and pupils should note that the DES has approved school closures to enable planning for the introduction of Junior Cycle
Clarify - Make (a statement or situation) less confused and more comprehensible. (15th January) Assiduous adj. - S howing great care and perseverance. "She was assiduous in pointing out every feature." (8th January) Anticipate verb - Regard as probable; expect or predict. (4th December) Sustain - verb Strengthen or support physically or mentally. (27th November)
CCS pupil, Carndonagh ABC and Team Ireland member, Labhaoise Clarke recently won gold at the prestigious Brampton Cup in Canada. Fighting in the 52Kg division, Labhaoise defeated hometown girl Katuishka Vasquee-Soto in the Female Youth Open. Labhaoise not only had to contend with the local boxer, but also the timeframe, boxing four competitive rounds for the first time. CCS Online hopes to catch up with Labhaoise shortly for a recap on her most important success so far. Well done to Labhaoise and Carndonagh ABC.
My name is Oisín Bowyer. I am a pupil in TYC in Carndonagh Community School and I was lucky enough along with a ninety-nine other transition year students from around the country, to participate in the Bar Council of Ireland Transition Year Programme. I secured my place on the programme as a result of writing a reflective piece entitled ‘Life as a Barrister’. This afforded me the fantastic opportunity of spending a week in the care of the Bar Council of Ireland from 1st - 5th February, where I was exposed to the Irish court system and court personnel. We were split into four main groups. The mornings were spent in the Four Courts with our assigned host barrister. My group had the pleasure of being in the company Adrian O’Higgins B.L. for the week. We watched court cases live in session and really got a taste for the different aspects of the law and also how court cases run. If it was early and courts weren't in session we had the privilege of assessing some case law….which proved quite interesting when debating our thoughts on the outcomes of cases.
Legend has it that the famous writer Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in just 6 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 we thus there was great excitement throughout the school during the month of January as the students and teachers of CCS took on the challenge of writing an essay in just six word.
Top ten student entries: Secondary school, one friend, two faces - Nikita Doherty I ran, but not quick enough - Lewis Grant The image was sent, consequences tragic - Sam Todd Broken car, broken tree, broken heart - Laura Campbell A war within myself, battle lost – Niamh Mc Callion Eyes meet, new love, first born - Beth Farren Real diamonds, never bought, think why - Katie Doherty The car, the family, the end - Ultan Doherty Went to war, never loved again - Kieran Grant Saw a call, not the bus - Oisin Moyne
From these superb stories, it was very difficult to choose a winner but three winners were selected.
Joint first place: “I ran, but not quick enough” - Lewis Grant / “Went to war, never loved again”- Kieran Grant Second Place: “Secondary school, one friend, two faces”- Nikita Doherty
The standard from the teachers was also very impressive and with a lot of deliberation and some judging help needed from outside of CCS a winner was chosen: “Thus, silence, toddler giggles, mission complete” – Ms Yvonne O’Brien
The John Paul II Award was received by seventeen students in the school for voluntary work carried out in their communities and parishes. The award allowed our students to bring to life the presence of Christ by ministering to the needs of others in their communities. Some students worked with the various charities, youth clubs and football teams in their locality as well as reading at Mass, singing in the choir and decorating the church. Congratulations and well done to you all!
Martin Maloney a.k.a. The Birdman had two parts to his presentation in the Aras on Thursday, 4th February. Firstly, a slideshow and video presentation to our TY pupils on birds of prey. He highlighted the need for young people to change the perception of birds of prey, e.g. that they don't eat living lambs and they do eat pest species such as rats and mice. Of course, birds of prey are scavengers and will also eat dead animals.
Secondly, he took out three of his own birds - Rambo the buzzard, Leo the long eared owl and Barny the barn owl. Martin is a professional Ornithologist who has been a leading member of Ireland's Raptor Study Group for the past decade (Raptors is another term for birds of prey). The main part of his work at the moment is education in schools throughout Ireland north and south. In addition, he is no stranger to RTE and BBC and will be on Colin Stafford's Living the Wildlife on RTE One TV in April. Martin is also a leading light throughout Ireland and Britain for rehabilitating and reintroducing birds of prey into the wild.
A group of 2nd Years are experiencing the tradition of making a Handmade Spinning Wheel under the careful guidance of Johnny Shiels. (The spin bike is not part of the tradition...) The students are also hand weaving a cover for their book " The Spinning Wheel" which they hope to display at the Make A Book Exhibition in Dublin in March.
The sound of the spinning wheel has been part of the music of rural Ireland for generations. And it's a sound that has been an important part of life for the Shiels family in Carndonagh through the years. Johnny Shiels is a third-generation spinning wheel maker. His grandfather, Johnny, was making spinning wheels back in the 1940s, using timber washed ashore on the beaches around his native Inishowen. Like his grandfather and father, Johnny makes Dutch-style wheels in his workshop in Bridge Street, Carndonagh, not far from Ireland's most northerly point, Malin Head. These Dutch wheels were introduced to Ireland in the 18th century and used for spinning flax.
Each wheel is hand-crafted by Johnny "from start to finish". Each spinning wheel is a fine piece of craftmanship, while also being fully functional. The work of the Shiels family is widely-known, and has been featured in the book, 'Ireland's Traditional Crafts'. RTÉ also featured the Shiels family in one episode of their award-winning traditional crafts series,'Hands'. Johnny now hopes to encourage his own sons to continue the family tradition.
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