Carndonagh Community School celebrates 45 years of operation in 2018. As part of the festivities, the Áras will host a Gala Music event with an impressive lineup of former CCS pupils on stage. The Gala Performance will take place on Saturday, 2nd June at 7.30pm. Adults: €10; Pupils: €5.
The Department of Education and Skills is pleased to announce the details of the 2018 Home Based July Provision Programme. Parents/Legal Guardians are requested to read the Information Note before they complete the Application Form .
Parents should note that:
Priority will be given to applications received on or before 04 May…
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 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…
“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)
Gaisce Bronze / Silver Awards 2017-18 (Info Pack)
Students who wish to complete the Gaisce Bronze or Silver Awards in 2017-18 must do the following FIVE things...
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.