Congratulations to our Fifth and Sixth year students who recently received their certificates, medals and pins for achieving their Bronze Gaisce Award. The Gaisce Award, which means 'great achievement' in Irish is a self-development programme for all young people between the ages of 15-25. All of the students pictured above with TY coordinator Ms Farren and Gaisce President Award Leader…Read More
As part of our on-going support for students' wellbeing, CCS are holding a 60-minute workshop in conjunction with Jigsaw for all parents/guardians interested in or concerned about young people's mental health. The workshop will take place in the Aras in the Community School on Tuesday 13th November @ 7:30pm. We look forward to seeing you there. Niall McGee, Wellbeing Coordinator
CCS v Crana College In a changed knockout format, CCS were paired with local rivals, Crana College. The Buncrana team enjoyed home advantage in the first leg, played in perfect golfing conditions at Northwest Golf Club, Buncrana. Jack Duffy secured the individual prize for Crana College with a magnificent 4 under par round. However, great credit must go to the…Read More
The CCS Fundraising Committee are pleased to announce that on Friday, 23rd November at 8.30pm, a Night at the Races will be held in the Strand Hotel Ballyliffin. Not only will those in attendance enjoy a night of guilt-free betting, they'll also be helping the school to install a new gym floor. The resurfacing of the gym will not only…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.
The Board of Management invites applications from suitably qualified persons who wish to be considered for
Substitute Teaching Positions
Photo courtesy of Inishowen Ladies Soccer Facebook
Huge congratulations to our soccer stars, Aoife McColgan, Niamh McDaid, Shania McGonigle, Mary Doherty, Nicole Gordon, Lauren Cregan and Rachel McLaughlin, who were part of the All-Ireland U18 Inter-League winning squad on Sunday, 29th May. The Inishowen Ladies dramatically beat Metropolitan Girls League (Leinster) 4-3 on sudden-death penalties after an even game that finished 1-1. Match report courtesy of Donegal Sport Hub.
Word of the Week This was a great success during the year and there are plans to continue this Literacy Initiative next year. All suggestions gratefully accepted.
Drop Everything and Read All classes, teachers and parents were invited to participate in this exercise this year and, overall, it was a great success. Every week we were reminded by the Prefects, over the speakers in the school, to DEAR. We plan to continue this worthwhile activity next year.
Literacy and Numeracy Support programs were run again this year under the DEIS scheme. More than fifty students benefited from the extra tuition, especially in the skills areas. Thanks to the tutors for their excellent work!
Dyslexia Initiative Thursday 8th October was Dyslexia Awareness Day, a pivotal day in the school for students with dyslexia. The school community has been kept updated with new ideas and initiatives. Students have new apps, new study techniques and renewed confidence in themselves as a result of the work done with them this year. 3rd and 5th Year students received a lot of extra guidance and they will feel the benefit in the Junior and Leaving Cert exams.
Testing As part of the school’s Literacy & Numeracy, all students in next year’s 1st Year will be participating in testing in October to measure their skills in both learning areas. More information will be provided closer to the time.
Transfer We are delighted with the transfer program for 6th Class pupils this year. The SEN Dept. worked very closely with HSCL and NISCP to make sure that students with SEN enjoyed a supplementary transfer. A special word of thanks to the 4th Year Prefects who were excellent ‘buddies’ and they have committed to continuing this in Term One, next year.
JCSP Congratulations to the 3rd Year students who have completed the JCSP program. They are very well-placed now to achieve very good Junior Certificates and we wish them well in their revision and exams.
Leaving Cert. Applied The senior students in the school that have participated in this program have produced some fine work this year and are to be commended for their efforts. We also wish them well in their exams and in the world of work!
TYG Group These students have reached several milestones in their education this year and we congratulate them all. Horse-riding and swimming continue to be popular activities and no-one ever refuses breakfast on a Friday morning! We farewell Sarah and wish her success as she progresses to 3rd level education and the world of work. Reasonable Accommodations in Certificate Exams
Reminder The closing date for 2017 Leaving Certificate applications was 24th MAY 2016, so all students should have applied by now. There has been a delay in the arrival of the application forms until September. The purpose of RACE is to support those students who have a Special Educational Need to be able to have equal access to the State Exams. For more information: www.education.ie Circular S40/94. Students who have been granted RACE in the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert. examinations are expected to stay in their separate centres for the entire duration of the exam and use the time to answer questions and check all work thoroughly. Parents, please encourage your child to make the best of this opportunity and to stay in the exam room for the entire exam time… not leave early!
Finally, a big ‘Thank You’ to the students and staff of the SEN Dept on another fine year’s work and progress. Best Wishes to all students doing exams. Have a restful holiday and see you all again in late August!
To mark the end of the Junior Cycle and the Junior Certificate Schools Programme a presentation was held in the library on Wednesday, 25th May. Mr. Sam Bogan presented a portfolio to each student in 3C and acknowledged their contribution to the school, class and himself. Good Luck to all the students in June.
On Wednesday afternoon, 25th May, one of the country's most highly-rated sportsmen visited CCS for the Annual Sports Awards. The "Man From the Glen" addressed all the pupils involved in school sports. During his speech, Michael reiterated the key ingridient for his development as an individual and a sportsperson...Focus. He advised young people to surround themselves with positivity and to concentrate fully on the matter at hand, at that moment in time, whether it's sport or study. There is no better role model for our pupils than Michael Murphy and we would like to thank him for his visit and his inspirational words.
Always hugely popular with the students is the Pal or Public Access to Law Day. This workshop involves a barrister coming to the school and giving an overview of the Irish legal system in the morning and presiding over a mock trial in the afternoon. This year, we had two groups over two days - 7th and 8th April 2016. Mr Henry Lynch BL remarked on the performances of Luke Devlin in his role as a witness and Christopher Gill and Maria Farren in their roles as barristers. The pupils who took part sat an exam the following week. First prize went to Gemma McCormick (94%), and in joint-second were Aishling McKinney and Darragh McWilliams (92%). As always, the feedback has been excellent and the workshop was a very positive experience for the TYs.
Congratulations to Class 1B who won the 1st Year Scrabble Competition. Representing the class were Elisha Moyne, Adam Kirkland, Darragh McGeoghegan and Emma Doherty. The Final against 1F proved a nailbiting experience with both teams scoring the highest points of the week.
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