Seachtain na Gaeilge Celebrations at CCS

Ceili Mor 2017

Seachtain na Gaeilge (overall) photo album

"Beatha an teanga, í a labhairt" mar a dhéarfá.

Seachtain na Gaeilge is one of the biggest celebrations of our Irish language. It is an annual event which takes place over a two week period during the month of March. In Carndonagh Community School an exciting programme of events was underway, with students from 1st to 5th year enjoying the various different activities. Tráth na gceist, Céilí, bingo games, spelling bees, photography competitions and creative crafts were woven into the week's schedule to mark Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Seachtain na Gaeilge Prizegiving photos

Over 90 1st year students took part in our Fáinne scheme and were awarded with fáinní airgid and cúpla focal badges to show their achievements and oral proficiency in Irish so far. On Thursday afternoon all first year students took part in a Céilí mór in the Áras and enjoyed an afternoon of dance, Irish music and culture. 1st year music students played a few tunes and TY Irish dancers impressed with their fancy footwork. It was a lovely way to end Seachtain na Gaeilge Celebrations here in the school. Ten junior students also attended a music/Irish workshop in Gaelcholáiste Chineal Eoghain Buncrana with Irish band Seo Linn.

Céilí Mór photo album

One of the highlights proved to be the TY and 5th Year Turas chun na Gaeltachta. 68 Students travelled to Coláiste Chu Chulainn Gaoth Dobhair for a three day taster course from Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th March. Students took part in Irish language classes, singing and céilí dancing at the coláiste and were treated to an array of outdoor activities including kayaking, wall climbing, a visit to Glenveagh Castle, Ionad Cois Locha Dun Luiche and a hike up Mount Errigal. Many of our students have already booked to return for the 2-week summer course.

Gaeltacht Trip photo album

Comhghairdeas to all who participated in the week's events.

Sraith Pictiúir Show (Sixth Year Workshop)

Sraith Pictiúir ShowSraith Pictiúir Show photo album

On Friday morning, 25th November, over eighty 6th years took part in a workshop to help students get to grips with the layout for the Leaving Cert Irish Oral which is worth 40% of the overall exam. The show covered the twenty dreaded Sraith Pictiúir through a series of comedic sketches and songs. As Gaeilge of course! Highrock Productions presented an interactive presentation which involved not only student participation but teacher participation as well.

Highrock travel all over the country to perform this production for students sitting their Leaving Cert. After the sketch show the company gave a talk to all students offering tips/memory techniques in preparation for the cómhra. It was clear from the wealth of laughter and applause that all students in attendance enjoyed themselves thoroughly. We look forward to welcoming Highrock Productions back next year for another hilarious yet informative production.

European Day of Language 2016

Euro Day Language 2016

European Day of Language 2016 photo album

The Annual European Day of Language took place on Friday, 30th October. The Canteen was once again decked out with signature dishes from around Europe (and the world). The more adventurous among the pupils got stuck into snails, frog legs and kangaroo. Impressively, a whole lobster also made an appearance on the menu. It was a fine spread that intrigued the pupils, though many were cautious and a few were just plain squeemish. Overall, however, it was a day of cultural appreciation.