Weekly Math Puzzle - all students are free to participate; a weekly prize is up for grabs. Place answers in the folder on the noticeboard in the Mall before the end of the day every Friday.
This week's puzzle - Using the digits 1,7,7,7,7, create the number 100. You can use adding, subtracting, dividing, multiplication or brackets. Read More
On Thursday evening a few weeks ago, Mr. Cavanagh called upon all the men who would be interested in playing football the year for the seniors. There was a big hole to fill as the vast majority of last year’s team is off studying in college, off working in places such as Poundland (Cathal Farren) and others off filling cars…Read More
Art Pupils Visit Glebe Gallery photo album Fifth Year Art students visited the Glebe Gallery and House in Churchill on Friday, 6th October. The students got a behind the scenes look at the current “Point and Click” exhibition by curator Derek O’Connor. Derek spoke to the students about how artwork is selected for an exhibition and how the artwork is…Read More
On Friday morning it was "all hands on books” in Room 206 as reading material was sorted, counted and boxed. To our delight, the final tally revealed that we had received 1,100 books as part of our ’Book Drive’. As we began delivering the book boxes to teachers, excitement was rife. Some staff and students were even caught sampling the…Read More
GO FUND ME Link - https://www.gofundme.com/put-carn-community-school-on-trial/donate Help Carndonagh Community School defend Ireland’s honour... When the Carndonagh Community School (CCS) mock trial team competed in the National competition, they were very much the underdogs. The CCS team overcame overwhelming odds to qualify to represent Ireland in the World Mock Trial Championships in New York. It was both an incredible achievement and an…Read More
Friday, 16th October saw the finale of Mental Health Awareness Week. As well as the "Green Day" collection in aid of the Donal Walsh Foundation (#LiveLife), there was an open-mic music session in the Coffee Dock at lunchtime. The jam session was so well received that Mr. Dessie Doherty spent Friday evening thinking about cool names for the gig, which will now be held once a month. While he eventually came up with "Cookies & Jam Session", he's still open to suggestions. However, please be advised that if Mr. Doherty doesn't like your idea, he'll tell you...Wannabe acts should contact Mr. Doherty at break-time or lunchtime to get themselves in the lineup. If the response is sufficient, the show will be on EVERY Friday.
Overall, Mental Health Awareness Week was hugely beneficial and thought-provoking and will be a strong calendar event going forward. Many thanks to everyone - pupils, parents and staff - who chipped in.
Well done to 'Sheer Glass' and 'Smoke and Mirrors' who recently took part in a fashion show for the Donegal Hospice in the City Hotel, Derry. Good luck to team 'Sheer Glass' who will be showcasing their creation on the red carpet at the James Bond movie premiere in London. Congratulations also to all of last year's Junior Cert Art students who had pieces selected for the Súile na nÓg Exhibition. The opening night for students will take place on October 8th at 7pm in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny. The exhibition is open to the public until 24th October.
Carndonagh student’s dress chosen to be exhibited at national show (Courtesy of Derry Journal)
A dress made by Caoilinn Diver, a Transition Year student in Carndonagh Community School, was selected to be exhibited at the Wedding Journal Show in Belfast last weekend. The dress called ‘Plastic Fantastic’ was originally made by Caoilinn for the national competition Junk Kouture. While researching unusual dresses to exhibit at the Ireland’s Wedding Journal show, the team came across Caolinn’s creation. The dress was one of only three dresses selected nationwide to be displayed at the show.
Caoilinns dress is made from white and yellow plastic bin bags which she crocheted together. The bodice is made from soft drink and beer cans, delicately cut into small fish scale pieces, and then painted with left over car paint and hand stitched together. She completed her dress with hand crocheted flowers along with old recycled beads.
Wedding Journal magazine editor Tara Craig said:
“The Wedding Journal show is known for showcasing well-known fashion designers’ dresses and we wanted to provide a platform for students to showcase their designs also. After researching unusual wedding dresses to display at the Wedding Journal Show we chose only three dresses; one of which was Caolinn’s. Plastic Fantastic is a real showstopper and we loved the fact it was made entirely from recycled material so it’s environmental friendly also.” The dress was worn by professional models at the show press launch and took pride of place at the Wedding Journal Show entrance for the course of the show, from Friday 18th to Sunday 21st September.
In memory of the late Donal Walsh, Class TYA have decided to host a Mental Health Awareness Week in the school from 12th to 16th October. Loads of activities will take place, including a 'Colour Day'. Details of activities will be posted online throughout the week. Find out more about mental health issues in Ireland and the services that are available at www.mentalhealthireland.ie.
October 8th is Dyslexia Awareness Day. Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which affects the acquisition of fluent reading and spelling skills. Dyslexic difficulties occur on a spectrum from mild to severe. There are different strands of dyslexia and it does not affect all people in the same way. Approximately 10% of the population is affected. This means that one in ten students may be dyslexic.
CCS is striving to be a dyslexia friendly school where all people with dyslexia are enabled to fulfil their potential, where every student with dyslexia has access to appropriate identification and support to achieve their full potential in education. There are many ways in which a mainstream teacher can support a student with dyslexia in their subject: providing typed notes, encouraging colour coding of timetables, using audiobooks, mind maps, charts/diagrams, differentiated work/homework, changing fonts to comic sans, using blue markers on whiteboards, and many more.
The Dyslexia Association of Ireland has one theme for Dyslexia Awareness Week: “Small Change – Big Impact” as small changes in practice and policy can have a big impact on improving the lives of people with dyslexia. CCS is encouraging staff to make one small change to support our students with dyslexia. For more information see www.dyslexia.ie for useful tips for parents and teachers.