In advance of the re-opening of Carndonagh Community School, pupils and parents / guardians can find all COVID-19 related updates at the link below. Updates will be posted in chronological order with the most recent update appearing at the top.
As part of the Creative Writing Competition, pupils were required to use all the words of the week since September. Ms. Farren was inundated with entries and choosing the winner was extremely difficult due to the high standard of creativity. Overall junior winner was William O'Canain (1C), followed by Blaithin Gillen (1E), Lekila Doherty (1F), Nadia McDaid (1E), Emma McCloskey (1C), Cahir Noone (1E), Anais Doherty (1E), Aaron Doherty (1C) and Laura Doherty (1E). Overall senior winner was Catherine Devlin (4G), followed by Rebecca Leddy (5D), Mary Doherty (5A) and Chloe Donaghey (4A).
The CCS U16s rugby team played St. Columba's Stranalor on Thursday 17th December and won impressively 22-0. The CCS boys started strongly with some determined runs by Stephen Kelly (captain), Padraig McCarron and Oran Kearney, but St. Columba's defence stood strong. CCS opened the scoring with a fine penalty kick from out-half Ultan Doherty. Connor Quigley, running the game at scrum-half, passed to Padraig McCarron who ran at the opposition's numbers 10 & 12. A superb offload found Conor Bambrick, who showed great pace and a fantastic side-step to score under the posts; Ultan Doherty converted. The rest of the first half saw CCS playing mostly in the opponent's 22, but giving away penalties to allow them to clear their lines. The half ended CCS 10 - 0 St. Columba's.
In the second half CCS were playing into the wind and needed the front eight to rule the half; they did that. Continuous carries from PJ Callaghan, Kevin Noone and Owen Doherty opened up the visiting team's defence. Finally the breakthrough came with another fine finish from winger Ciaran Doherty. St. Columb's threw everything at the CCS lads in the last 10 minutes, but with some great tackling by Patrick O'Leary and Dylan McGonigle, and ball-stealing by PJ Callaghan, the try line was never reached. At the end Ultan Doherty picked up a loose ball near the wing and with a quick turn of pace passed the St. Columba's back line to score under the posts. A successful conversion followed. Final score CCS 22 - 0 St. Columba's. We would like to thank Gregg Byron from Inishowen RFC for referring the game.
The CCS U16s rugby squad: Stephen Kelly 2B, Sean Carroll 2D, Michael Harkin 3B, Keanan Callaghan 3C, William J Callaghan 3C, Finin MacLoachlainn 3D, PJ Callaghan 3E, Dylan Mc Gonigle 3F, Paddy Monagle 3F, Dylan Doherty 3G, Eoin Doherty 3G, Darragh McCormick 3G, Kevin Noone 4C, Oran Kearney 4D, Thomas Mullin 4D, Thomas Cavanagh 4D, Ultan Doherty TYA, Patrick O’Leary TYA, Sean Byrne TYB, Padraig McCarron TYB, Micheal Porter TYB, Connor Quigley TYB, Oisin McGonigle TYC, Conor Bambrick TYB, Ciaran Doherty TYB.
On Friday, 5th January, a selection of students attended a Chemistry Magic Show – “Flames, Flashes and Frozen Flowers – putting the WOW into Science”. This show was created and presented by Dr. Sarah Hayes who you may have seen exploding ping pong balls with liquid nitrogen on “The Late Late Show”. The show lived up to its rather dramatic billing and was enjoyed by all. The students also benefited from a careers talk in the afternoon detailing the range of science courses available at third level.
One generous pupil in CCS might recognise this Frozen CD (front page, Derry Journal), which was donated along with sixty-five shoe boxes full of gifts to the Christmas Shoebox Appeal. The school would like to acknowledge the "overwhelming response" from the people of Inishowen, our pupils included, to the appeal.
On Saturday, 19th December, a group of thirty-two 1st and 2nd year students set off for the annual Old Trafford Trip. The result was a 2-1 win for Norwich City. While the result wasn't what was hoped for, the group made the most of their time in and around the ground after the game. They had an overnight stay in Leigh Sports Village before travelling to Walsall v Port Vale. As the group disembarked the bus at the League One Bescot Stadium, police questioned Mr. Havlin as to whether or not the tour was sponsored by Hollister. The group took time out of their trip to pose for a photo with former Blackpool manager and Sky Sports pundit, Ian Holloway before entering the ground. The result was a 2-0 win for the home team. The group then visited Cheshire Oaks Outlet for a bit of shopping before heading home. A big thank you to Mr. O'Kane, Mr. John Collins, Mr. Niall Havlin and Ms. Anita Doherty for making the tour possible.
(Ed. Well, that's another year without fitting in the long-promised Leeds match. They won, of course! But let's be honest, at the end of the day, the Man U and Walsall games threw up a couple of nice results. And we have to remember that it's all about the kids, who thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. The banter was good. "The funniest thing ever" happened at least six or seven times a day. But the burning question remains unanswered - "Who's Travis?"...That was the Man Utd Trip 2015. Might be nice to see a European game at Old Trafford next year. What you reckon, Mr. Humphries? I know Thursday night probably doesn't suit everyone...)
Once again, the JCSP Christmas Celebration was a huge success thanks to all the people involved - staff, pupils and parents. The Coffee Dock was illuminated with the high spirits of the students, plus a few Christmas lights here and there. The celebration kicked off with a round of Bingo (apparently not for the oldies!) followed by our guest speaker, Jason Black (adventurer and mountaineer). Jason gave an inspiring talk to the pupils on the challenges that he faced in preparation for climbing Mount Everest, and the climb itself. The celebration came to a close with tea, coffee and loads of goodies.
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