Allingham Flash Fiction Award for Caití

Allingham ArtsCongratulations to Caití Farren (Class 3B), runner-up in the junior category of the 2015 Allingham Flash Fiction Writing Competition. Caití received her prize at a ceremony in Ballyshannon on Saturday, 7th November.

Success for Eoghan & Ella in Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Competition

EoghanElliePoetsOn 27th September, Eoghan Kelly and Ella McDaid travelled to Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan for the Annual Schools Poetry Awards at the Patrick Kavanagh Centre. They had respectively finished 2nd and 4th in this All-Ireland competition with over 1500 entrants. The Awards were presided over by adjudicator and renowned poet, Noel Monahan. Noel read from his anthology "Where the Wind Sleeps" and each of the winning entrants read their poems. Others in attendance were poets Hugh McFadden and Mary O'Donnell. This was a marvellous experience for all involved and an honour to be remembered.

Dyslexia Awareness Day - Thursday, 8th October

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October 8th is Dyslexia Awareness Day. Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which affects the acquisition of fluent reading and spelling skills. Dyslexic difficulties occur on a spectrum from mild to severe. There are different strands of dyslexia and it does not affect all people in the same way. Approximately 10% of the population is affected. This means that one in ten students may be dyslexic.

CCS is striving to be a dyslexia friendly school where all people with dyslexia are enabled to fulfil their potential, where every student with dyslexia has access to appropriate identification and support to achieve their full potential in education. There are many ways in which a mainstream teacher can support a student with dyslexia in their subject: providing typed notes, encouraging colour coding of timetables, using audiobooks, mind maps, charts/diagrams, differentiated work/homework, changing fonts to comic sans, using blue markers on whiteboards, and many more.

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland has one theme for Dyslexia Awareness Week: “Small Change – Big Impact” as small changes in practice and policy can have a big impact on improving the lives of people with dyslexia. CCS is encouraging staff to make one small change to support our students with dyslexia.
For more information see www.dyslexia.ie for useful tips for parents and teachers.