English

Six Word Short Story Competition Winners

Six Word Story

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

Crowd standing, anxious groom, empty doorway – Naomi Harkin 2B

Underneath the smile, a cracked soul - Jennifer Doherty 3H

Child lived, laughed, loved no more - Oisin Mc Daid TYD

Her cuts healed, her heart didn’t – Keelan Hegarty 5E

Lost dog, no tags, no reward - Leah Mc Closkey 5H

Certificates and prizes will be presented when we return to school. Well done to the winners and to everyone who participated!

Literacy Week Review

Speed Booking Literacy Week 2019Literacy Week 7th-10th May

With World Book Day on during the Mocks this year, the English department held a number of activities during the course of four days instead. One of these involved speed booking. TYF and TYC were speed dating with books. The aim of this was to spend two minutes with a partner explaining their chosen book and trying to encourage them to read that book. The timer would buzz after two minutes and each person had to move on to the next person and repeat the process. There was some great discussion about books in general. 71% said the speed booking exercise encouraged them to read more. That's a promising figure!

Transition Year / Primary Schools Literacy Programme

TY Primary School Literacy

All TYs have been involved in a Literacy Programme with St. Patrick's Boys and St. Patrick's Girls National School. The TY students have guided the primary students (and sometimes the other way round) through a literacy programme which included Cloze procedures, comprehensions and the most popular A-Z quiz. Both groups benefitted hugely from this programme and gained many valuable skills along the way. A huge thank you to the 5th class students in the girls school and their Teacher Ms. Clare Doherty, and to the 4th class boys and their teacher Ms. Margaret McLaughlin.

Literacy Week - 50 Books That Will Change Your Life

In recognition of Literacy Week in CCS, a host of initiatives have taken place during the week (7th-11th May) to assist the ongoing promotion of reading in the school. D.E.A.R. will take place throughout the school from 3.05pm on Friday, 10th May. If it's reading material you're after, you could do worse than browsing the World Book Day inspired list of "50 Books That Will Change Your Life". Happy reading!

Literacy Week 2019

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