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Read DL - Aishling's Story Wins Top Award

Aishling Doherty Guy Read DL

Pictured is first year student Aishling Doherty Guy who was recently awarded top prize at this year’s closing ceremony of Read DL. Read DL is a county-wide reading movement, designed to bring the people of Donegal together by collectively reading the same book.

The aims of the Read DL project are to:
• Improve literacy skills and foster a love of reading;
• Entice people, young and old, to read more and;
• Encourage the entire community to read the same book, share ideas and to broaden and expand their viewpoints.

Students in the participating secondary schools across Donegal were invited to write a short story on the theme "Stories are wild creatures,” the monster said. “When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?” Aishling’s story was placed first and her wonderful entry is here for you to read. Enjoy!

pdfREAD 'A Pirate's Story' by Aishling Doherty Guy

National Drop Everything and Read Challenge (DEAR)

National DEAR CCSIt’s very simple – when the clock strikes noon, just drop whatever you’re doing and READ! CCS are excited to be taking part in the DEAR Challenge on the 27th of April. All students (and staff!) will be encouraged to take advantage of this time to read between 12-12:20PM. Book boxes will be provided in classrooms and students are reminded that they can bring their own book. This is an opportunity for first years to read their 'Book in the Bag' also. Our photographer will be on hand to capture the students reading for pleasure so you can be 'photo-ready'!

World Book Day Results - The Top 10!

The results are in from our annual World Book Day post-its...

The top 10 books as recommended by CCS students are:

1. The Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
2. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
3. To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
4. Girl Online - Zoe Sugg
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff McKinney
6. The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
7. Wonder - R.J. Palacio
8. Goodnight Mr. Tom - Michelle Magorian
9. Holes - Louis Sachar
10. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

Top Authors:

1. JK Rowling
2. John Steinbeck
3. Michael Morpurgo
4. Harper Lee
5. David Walliams

“Boxing” Down the Barriers to Reading

Book Boxes DEAR

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 new reading material.

Thank you to everyone who contributed. Due to the huge success, we are extending the Book Drive for another month. We can’t wait to see everyone reading when D.E.A.R begins on Monday!

Junior Cert Poetry / Language Revision

On 24th May, Junior Cycle students gathered in the Áras for an English Revision Seminar after school. The seminar was open to all Junior Cycle students. Students enjoyed a free drink and cookie whilst revising their poetry course. Well done to all the students who took advantage of the 2-hour seminar - feel free to download the documents below to further your revision! The English Department would like to take this opportunity to wish all the Junior Cycle students the best of luck in their exams.

pdfJunior Cert Poetry Revision Notes | pdfJunior Cert Poetry Collection

pdfJunior Cert Language Revision Notes