Legend has it that the famous writer Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in just six 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 CCS students thus there was great excitement throughout the school as students took on the challenge of writing an essay in just six words. The overall standard was very impressive and with a lot of deliberation and some judging assistance needed from outside of CCS the following winners were chosen:
Hearts broken, fingers crossed, family lost – Nicole Donaghy 1A
Parents and guardians are experiencing significant challenges in this current situation, many having to work from home while at the same time juggling childcare and having to ensure that children and young people are doing their bit to adhere to the HSE’s social distancing and hand hygiene guidelines.
Many are being ‘teacher’ as well as ‘parent’, supporting their teenagers to complete school work and trying to maintain the routine of family life. For some of them, their child / young person may be experiencing distress or anxiety at this time.
Live webinars – where parents can engage in live group chats to share their experiences and get support from a Jigsaw clinician
Peer-to-peer content – videos hearing from other parents about their strategies for coping
Online courses available for download on the topics of mental health awareness for parents and self-care for parent
Support for Pupils from Jigsaw
All young people across the country are impacted by the current COVID-19 situation; we know that many are experiencing anxiety and fear and all are experiencing social isolation as a result of school and workplace closures and social distancing measures.
www.jigsaw.ieprovides a space where young people can access mental health information, advice and support to help them to deal with the current situation.
Free inbound telephone-based mental health supports delivered through a 1800 freephone number targeting all young people, including those awaiting a first appointment forJigsaw’s face-to-face service
Regular supportive content on a range of COVID-19 related topics such as anxiety, conflict resolution, relationships, uncertainty and more aiming at offering support and developing self-care strategies for young people through features such as peer-to-peer content, regular vlogs and audiograms from Jigsaw clinicians
Twice daily live group chats –scheduled, regular and anonymous online group messaging feature facilitated by Jigsaw clinicians, where young people can share their current experience of COVID-19and get support from others
Insta Livepieces - Jigsaw clinician developed content directly published on Instagram (approx. 365,200 users aged 13-24)
Tuesday, 21st January marked the touchdown of the Exploration Dome at Carndonagh CS. Presenter Martin explained Galileo’s findings and his invention of the telescope. He also described the difference between an asteroid and a comet. Students were challenged on their knowledge of why Pluto is now considered a dwarf planet. A video called ‘Dynamic Earth – Exploring Earth’s Climate Engine’ directed by Liam Neeson was shown, explaining the harmful effects of pollution on our Earth’s life support system, global climate and what ruined our sister planet Venus. That was followed by a dive below the ocean surface into a swarm of microscopic organisms that hold the key to our climate: Diatoms, Radiolarians, copepods and colourful octopus larvae, before rubbing shoulders with an enormous Humpback Whale displayed on the 360° screen. It was an afternoon enjoyed by all. Thanks to Mr. Curran in the Science Dept. for organising the event.
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.