Christmas Craft Fair photo album CCS would like to invite you to the annual Christmas Craft Fair in the Áras on Friday, 1st December. Transition Years have been working hard for the past couple of months making sure all the crafts are completed. You can see the production stage photos (and one or two finished items) in the Craft Fair…Read More
What will YOU do this year? Clean the house… Assist the elderly…No PlayStation…No mobile phone…No TV…An hour of exercise…
Collection in Aid of School Designated Beneficiaries:
Donegal Alzheimer Society | Derry / Donegal Hospice | EIL / INLEX / CA / Guatemala Project.
All money must be returned to RE teachers no later than Friday, 1st December. Read More
The annual Monster Christmas Bingo will take place in The Aras on Sunday, 3rd December at 3pm (organised by Carndonagh Branch of the Parents Committee). The jackpot is a cool €1,000. Players get a 12 game book for €13, including an extra sheet. A double book with sheets is €20. There will be plenty of side prizes as usual, and…Read More
Science Foundation Ireland Roadshow photo album A Science Foundation Ireland Roadshow took place in the Aras on Wednesday, 15th November. Students undertook a range of fun and interactive physical activities. A competition soon developed to find out who could kick the ball the fastest! Mr Bogan was in the lead with 50 miles per hour...until...Cian Burke recorded 57 miles per hour!…Read More
First Year Ulster Futsal Championships photo album The 1st year boys and girls had a highly successful day at the Ulster Futsal Championships on Tuesday, 14th November, held in the Aura, Letterkenny. Both our boys and girls teams, who were representing Inishowen, faced off against the champions of Monaghan, Cavan and Donegal. Boys:The 1st year boys were drawn in a…Read More
CCS Mock Trial Team photo album ALL THE BEST TO THE CCS MOCK TRIAL TEAM as they take on the cream of amateur law in the Empire World Championships, New York. Months and months of preparation and fundraising are finally about to be put to the test. At the risk of being prejudicial, we have great hopes for this legal…Read More
A group of 2nd & 3rd year trip students went to W5 Science Museum Belfast on Tuesday, 7th November. The students enjoyed a technology trial workshop which involved building and testing a race car. Followed by a chance to try out their climbing skills on Climb IT. A fun day was had by all! Read More
Weekly Maths Puzzle - Week Ending Friday, 17th November Work out the missing symbol in the sequence? Fancy getting your hands on some free cake in Café Banba? Then try your hand at our weekly maths quiz and you can be scoffing while the rest are left scratching their heads.Pop your answer in the maths quiz box, stating name, class (and of…Read More
CCS would like to invite you to the annual Christmas Craft Fair in the Áras on Friday, 1st December. Transition Years have been working hard for the past couple of months making sure all the crafts are completed. You can see the production stage photos
The annual Monster Christmas Bingo will take place in The Aras on Sunday, 3rd December at 3pm (organised by Carndonagh Branch of the Parents Committee). The jackpot is a cool €1,000. Players get a 12 game book for €13, including an extra sheet. A double book with sheets is €20.
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
Inclusive - adj. Including all. (13th November) Substitution - noun The action of replacing someone or something with another person or thing. (6th November) Vacate - verb Leave (a place that one previously occupied). "Rooms must be vacated by noon on the last day of your holiday." (2nd October) Schedule - noun A plan
“Parental involvement in a child’s schooling is a more powerful force than family background, size of family and level of parental education.” (Research report on the impact of Parental Involvement in Children’s Education, DFES 2006)
Parent Power is a practical, meaningful, activity based 90-minute workshop that empowers parents and gives them the opportunity to help their own children develop the essential study techniques to succeed in schools and exams.
This workshop will take place in Carndonagh Community School on Monday 1st February at 7.15pm sharp. This workshop is suitable for all parents/guardians, and particularly to parents of exam year students. Please visit www.amazingbrains.ie for more details.
On Monday 30th November the TYs participated in a 'Balloon Release' for Lifeline (Inishowen) to highlight domestic violence. For every four purple balloons, there was one white balloon to represent the statistics of abuse in Irish relationships - "one-in-five". Mary Doherty and the Lifeline team will be back in CCS in the Spring to do a workshop with the TYs.
Newly designed school ties are now available from Room 211 on Tuesdays and Fridays at lunchtime. The ties carry the school colours and are embroidered with the school crest. They are supplied by the Moville Clothing Company and cost €10. While the 'School Tie Shop' is the result of a TY Mini-company, there's no doubt that the formal look is making a comeback at CCS. The introduction of the blazers several years ago was warmly received by the pupils, and the ties are a natural step towards completing the look.
The TYs participated in a two day workshop (Thur 7th Jan & Tue 12 Jan) on Disability Awareness with Richard Alcorn from the Donegal Centre for Independent Living. Richard shared his own experience with the TYs and showed a PowerPoint presentation on DCIL as well as a video on disability in the developing world.
Richard explained the current etiquette for interaction with a person with a disability. People shouldn’t feel awkward when interacting with a person who has a disability. Below are some basic tips for us all to follow. If you are ever unsure how to interact with a person who has a disability, just ask!
1. Ask before you help Just because someone has a disability, don’t assume s/he needs help. Ask before you help! And if s/he does want help, ask how, before you act.
2. Be sensitive about physical contact Some people with disabilities depend on their arms for balance. Grabbing a person with a disability, even if your intention is to assist, could knock them off balance. Avoid patting a person on the head or touching his wheelchair, scooter or cane. People with disabilities consider their equipment part of their personal space.
3. Think before you speak Speak directly to a person with a disability....not to his/her companion or sign language Interpreter. Talk to the person as you would to anyone else.
4. Don’t make assumptions People with disabilities are the best judge of what they can and cannot do. Don’t make decisions for them.
5. Respond graciously to requests When a person with a disability asks for an accommodation of some kind at your place of learning/work/business, it is not a complaint. Please respond in a positive manner.
6. Terminology Tips a) Always put the person first. Say “person with a disability” rather than “disabled person.” b) Say “people with disabilities” rather than “the disabled.” c) For specific disabilities, saying “person with Tourette syndrome” or “person who has cerebral palsy” is usually a safe bet. d) Avoid outdated terms like “handicapped”, “crippled”, or “retarded.” Be aware that many people with disabilities dislike euphemistic terms like “physically challenged” and “differently abled.” Say “person who uses a wheelchair” or “wheelchair user” rather than “confined to a wheelchair” or “wheelchair bound.” The wheelchair is what enables the person to get around and participate in society; it’s liberating, not confining. With any disability, avoid negative, disempowering words, like “victim” or “sufferer.”
7. Commonly used phrases will not cause offence It’s okay to use idiomatic expressions when talking to people with disabilities. For example, saying, “It was good to see you,” and “See you later,” to a person who is blind is completely acceptable; they use these expressions themselves all the time.
In the coming weeks, the TYs are hoping to carry out a questionnaire or make a short video to raise awareness on disability in our school and our community. Watch this space!
For the third year running, Carndonagh Under-17 ladies have won the Ulster Schools Soccer Final. It was a comprehensive victory in the end; CCS keeper Aoife Mc Colgan never really got tested. The final score was 2-0, but the scoreline doesn't reflect the overall performance. The Carndonagh girls dominated all over the pitch and could have been four goals up by half-time. With some excellent pressure down the right from Saorise Farren and Caitlin Devlin, the girls won a corner. The corner was whipped in by Niamh McDaid, laid off by Shania McGonigle and drilled home by Mary Jane Doherty to give the girls a well-deserved lead. Their supremacy continued throughout the half with some outstanding one-touch football. The Deele girls were unable to keep up. With Clare McCarron and Rachel McLaughlin in the centre of defence, and Cathy and Mary Doherty pulling the strings, the girls were excellent to watch. The teamtalk at half-time was simple - “more of the same”. The team got its just rewards early in the second half when the ball came through the midfield with Tara O'Connor getting involved. Eventually the ball was slipped to the ever impressive Eirn McLaughlin (Fildara) who smashed it home from close range. With the introduction of Caoimhe Devi, Mary T. McLaughlin, Laura Devlin and Cliona Gibbons the team grew stronger and finished the game in style. 'Best player' on the day was too close to call because this was a team effort, and with the winners of Leinster waiting in the wings it will take exactly that to get through to the All-Ireland Final. Last year we managed to win three Ulster Finals and know now what it will take to progress. Photo album to follow...
Mr. S. Bogan (manager) and L. Cregan (assistant coach)
CARNDONAGH COMMUNITY SCHOOL joint-manager Padraig McCafferty felt his side will have to learn from the experience following their loss to PCC Falcarragh. In a quite remarkable final, Carndonagh went down the Donegal Schools’ Under-14A final in Burt yesterday, 4-13 to 6-6 despite leading by eight points at one stage...
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