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Transition Year Pupils Raise €500 for Donal Walsh Foundation (#LiveLife)

Live Life Donal Walsh Donation

Transition Year Class A, with the help of the entire school, have raised €500 for the #LiveLife Donal Walsh Foundation. The Transition Year pupils wrote an open letter to Donal's father, Fionnbar, outlining the motivation behind their fundraising. The pupils have been very proactive in terms of mental health awareness and would like to acknowledge the esteem that both Donal and Fionnbar are held in at Carndonagh Community School...

Dear Fionnbar,

Please find enclosed a cheque, representing the money raised throughout our “Mental Health Week" which took place in Carndonagh Community School from the 12th to the 16th October 2015. We really appreciated your talk to us about Donal and it encouraged us to make an effort for his charity - "The Live Life Foundation." We have also created a mural in our Coffee Dock to promote awareness and if you log on to our website - - hit photo gallery at the top right of screen and scroll onto 2015- 2016 Photo Album, you will be able to view this and other images of our Mental Health Week. It was a lot of hard work but very enjoyable and we are happy that we were able to do it.

We wish you well with the Foundation and keeping Donal's memory and all he stood for alive.

Best wishes and a Happy Christmas from:

Transition Year Class A and all at Carndonagh Community School

Rachel Awarded NUIG Excellence Scholarship

Rachel McLaughlin Excellence NUIGPast-pupil Rachel McLaughlin was recently awarded an NUIG Excellence Scholarship and also received €1,500 in recognition of her exceptional results in the 2015 Leaving Cert. Excellence Scholarships are presented to NUI Galway pupils who achieve a minimum of 560 points in the Leaving Cert. President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne, said: “NUI Galway constantly strives to support and promote academic excellence across all disciplines. The purpose of these Awards is to encourage each student to develop his/her academic potential to the fullest, by setting a realistic threshold of excellence and rewarding every student who attains that level. It is also a chance to give due credit to their parents and teachers for their important contribution to such success.” Deputy Principal John McGuinness was also present at the ceremony. The staff at CCS would like to congratulate Rachel for her superb academic achievements to date, and wish her all the best going forward.

Success for CCS Pupils in Credit Union Art Competition

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The Irish League of Credit Unions and its 469 affiliated credit unions have launched the annual All-Ireland Art Competition. The competition, which is one of the biggest competitions for children and adults alike, has been running for 31 years is open to entrants of all ages. This year’s theme ‘Happiness is...’ was open to interpretation by each entrant. The competition is about encouraging and rewarding self-expression, creativity and imagination among young artists throughout Ireland. Competition entrants are free to express their creativity using a wide variety of media. There are two categories – General and Special – with five age groups in each.

Congratulations to the winners of Stage 1 Credit Union Level (14-17 Years): Teresa Blanc Vazquez (1st) and Maria Moreno (3rd)
Congratulations to the winners of Stage 1 Credit Union Level (14-17 years): Leanne Kelly (1st), Keelan Doherty (2nd)
Congratulations to the winners of Stage 1 Credit Union Level (18+ years): Sarah Brophy (1st)

Local winners at credit union level in each category go forward to Regional Finals. Winning entries from regional level go through to the National Final. Prizes will be awarded at each stage and a National Awards Ceremony will be held in February 2016 and will be hosted by TV personality Marty Whelan.

LCA Recreational Room Taking Shape

As part of the DEIS initiative, both Year 1 and Year 2 LCA groups are busy working away to kit out the LCA Rec Room in Unit 5. The aim is to create a facility that both LCA groups can use to work and relax. Many thanks to DEIS funding and also for the support and advice of the caretakers, Shaun & Eddie. Pictured are the Fifth Year boys busy at work.

LCA Recreational Room photosLCA Rec Room