“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

The Romance of Reading on World Book Day

World Book Day 2017

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go!" - Dr. Seuss

On Thursday 2nd of March, the Áras was transformed into a 'Literature Lapland' for World Book Day. Almost 100 students enjoyed the opportunity to sit down, relax and read for pleasure. To add to the romance of reading, our little bookworms took part in 'Blind Date with a Book' and 'Speed Booking'. Now, although Cilla Black wasn't there to participate in 'Blind Date with a Book', the students used this an opportunity to choose a book covered in wrapping paper. Only the title and keywords about the book were written on the front of the wrapped cover. This way, students avoided the temptation to judge a book by its cover, instead opting to choose reading material based on its title and content.

You've all heard of 'Speed Dating', right? Well, 'Speed Booking' is pretty much the same. However, instead of talking about your hobbies and the dreaded awkward silence... students discussed the book they had been reading for the first 20 minutes of the session. Each student regaled about their book for two minutes before a buzzer alerted them to move seats! Whilst students enjoyed a much earned refreshment and biscuit, the 'Speed Book Review' revealed that love was certainly in the air for the books on the day. 72% of students said they would like to read the books they had discussed. Oh and don't forget, "Today a reader, tomorrow a leader".

Post-It Poll for World Book Day

On Thursday March 2nd CCS celebrates World Book day, a day when staff and students discuss and share their favourite book. As always, we are asking everyone to record their favourite book on a post-it note and display these along the second corridor. This is the first year that World Book Day has not clashed with the mocks, so we are hoping for a huge response. We are calling on everyone, students, teachers, principal, vice principals, secretaries, SNAs, caretakers, cleaners, canteen staff and yes, John Collins too, to record their favourite book and display it. Once completed the post-it notes will be collected and counted and the Top Ten books as nominated by CCS students and staff will be posted here. - Lorna Simkins

World Book Day

Read All About Room 137!

The Read Room'Read' All About It!...Room 137. What room is that? I hear you say. Well, wonder no more. Currently, room 137 is the English storeroom, filled with material from many different genres by many different authors. It is a wonderful resource for our department to have. However, it has been in need of a revamp for some time now. Following on from many discussions and various ideas from members of the English Department, we have decided that the time for this revamp is now.

So, Operation Transform Room 137 is about to get under way. The exciting news is that it is going to be transformed from a dark, dusty storeroom into a vibrant and cosy reading space, "The Re(a)d Room". This literacy initiative will be part funded by the generous Christmas donation from The Culdaff & Gleneely Parents Association. Pictures of the transformation process coming soon. Watch this space.