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St. Patrick's Day Parade - Dublin 2016

Paddy's Day 2016

St. Patrick's Day Parade photo album

What a way to spend St. Patrick's Day! Forty TYs travelled to Dublin in the early hours of Thursday morning to participate in the annual parade in Dublin. These students displayed many talents on the journey down - face painting, eyebrow shaping, eyebrow painting, cheek enhancing, eyelash tinting, lip enhancing, eyeliner flicks and costume change - and that was just the boys. Once off the bus the students were treated like royalty and got the paparazzi treatment for the day. Thankfully the weather was fantastic and the students did CCS proud.

Fair Trade Week - Transition Years Lead the Celebrations

Fair Trade Week 2016Fair Trade Week photo album

We celebrated Fair Trade Week last week in CCS. What better way to kick-start the event than by a presentation by Mr Patsy Toland from Self-Help Africa? The Coffee Dock, bedecked with balloons in the FT colours, posters, banners and bunting was home for the week to the FT Crêperie girls: Niamh Grant TYC, Aoife Hands TYC, Kiara Callaghan TYB, Tegan McDaid TYD, Megan McCreanor TYC, Clare McCarron TYA and Tara Kelly TYD. The girls gave up their break times and lunchtimes to cook for the hungry masses but managed to get in a bit of dance practice for their Paddy’s Day routine behind the counter too!!! Thanks to all the pupils who helped spread the Fair Trade message with the shoppers in Supervalu during Fair Trade Week: TYA - Geraldine Brennan, Shauna McBride, Catherine Diver, Sarah Monagle, Kim McCloskey, Alannah Shovlin, Clare McCarron Shauna McLaughlin, Aoife Houghton Tia McLaughlin & Casey Cavanagh; TYB - Cathy Doherty, Gemma McCormick, Rebecca McCarron, Bethany O’Leary; TYC - Kate Gallagher;  TYD - Aishling McKinney and Áine McCallion.

To mark the 20th anniversary of FT in Ireland, there was an event called the Big Breakfast organised for Saturday, 5th March in the Colgan Hall. Local Carndonagh businesses were able to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to Fair Trade by supplying breakfast made up entirely of Fair Trade produce. TY girls, under the supervision and guidance of Ms Caroline Gallagher and Ms McIntyre, baked delicious FT goodies and served them at the CCS stand in the Colgan Hall on the day. Delicious Banana Bread, Chocolate Brownies, Tea Brack, Cup Cakes and Coffee Cake were among the delicacies on offer. To TYC’s Micheala Donaghy, TYD’s Holly Moore, Aishling McKinney, Paula McElhinney and Chloé Donaghy – a HUGE thank you!!!! Four ex-TYs Aoife Doherty, Cliona Ivers, Emma Doherty and Lydia Johnson - key players in CCS’s successful application to become a Fair Trade school last year - were also at the event as ambassadors of CCS. On Thursday, 10th March Oisin Bowyer TYC and Maria Farren TYD were exemplary representatives of CCS at the Ladder Workshop on Development Education Training with Mr Patsy Toland at Carndonagh Council offices.

It's Business as Usual for Junior Cert A-Graders

Business Studies NUIM

Congratulations to Michaela Harkin 4B, who was elected to represent the four students who received an A-grade in their Higher Level Business Studies in June 2015. The students are Savena Crossan (4E), Chloe Donaghy (4A), Michaela Harkin (4B) and Sarah Monagle (TYA). Michaela, accompanied by her parents and Mrs Lorraine McDaid, attended a presentation ceremony at NUI Maynooth on Tuesday 9th February where she received a certificate of achievement for the school along with individual certificates for the other students. Well done to the four girls and keep up the great work!

Well done also to the group of eight Junior Certificate students who took part in the regional section of the Business Studies quiz, that took place in Letterkenny IT in November. They were Sally McKenna, Aisling McCarron, Rory McIlroy, Brigid Doherty, Ciaran Doherty, Ellen Simmons, Shaun Hirrell and Aidan Doherty. The students were accompanied by their teachers Ms. Emma Doherty and Mrs Mary Harkin. They did lots of preparation and extra classes at lunch-time with their teachers, so thanks for all the effort. They did the school proud!

Congratulations to Class 1B, under the tuition of Ms Roisin Diver, that took part in the ‘Future Me’ 6-week programme in association with AIB Bank. They covered the following topics - current accounts, budgeting, ways of banking and many more. The local Bank Manager from AIB came to the school to present the certificates. Well done 1B!

Ongoing congratulations to the Transition Years, under the supervision of Mr. James Humphries, who are working tirelessly at their Build-a-bank stand at lunchtimes in the technology building. 

The Business Studies board is up and running! It is located between the second and third corridor on the left-hand wall. If you would like some information on different Business courses available and some upcoming revision courses, then feel free to take a look. It will be updated regularly with current information as we receive it! Keep checking the board!

Centenary Celebrations Continue with Proclamation Recitation

Proclamation Day 2016

Watch the CCS Proclamation Day VIDEO

Proclamation Day photos

The sun finally made an appearance this year and it was not before time as the entire school made its way outside to celebrate "Proclamation Day". Activities have been ongoing in CCS in the lead-up to the formal event, including the Flags for Schools Initiative, several 1916 / Somme exhibition visits, proclamations and anthems in every room, and a fantastic mural in the Technology Building - well done to TYC! The March 15th Proclamation, unlike the original, passed off peacefully; the pupils must be commended for their respectful observation of the ceremony. Pupil, Michael White summoned the spirit of the original document with an inspiring oration and the National Anthem was sung to perfection by Aoife Doherty. Principal Paul Fiorentini spoke of pride in history, culture, nationality and school. Members of the school choir and trad group, guided by Ms. Audrey Coyle and Ms. Catriona Doherty, then gave an uplifting rendition of The Foggy Dew. Caoimhe McWilliams brought the curtain down on the event with the haunting sound of the bagpipes.

Newly Crowned All-Ireland Champions Invited to Finn Park

CCS All-Ireland Champions 2016All-Ireland Senior Boys Soccer Champions 2016

Diarmuid Moyne, Evan Tweed, Mark Doherty, Brandon Browne, Keelan Doherty, Joe Mc Kinney, Declan Mc Laughlin, Christopher Mc Laughlin (F), Cathal Farren, Fionn Mc Clure, Tiernan Devine, Sam Todd, Martin Fiorentini, Ben Lafferty, Matthew Cavanagh, Brian Mc Eleney, Joshua Lafferty, Darragh Folan, Daniel Houghton, James Mc Kinney, Liam Gallagher, Ryan Diver, Kieran Farren; Manager: Mr. Martin Cavanagh

Watch the best of the All-Ireland Final action... (full match highlights to follow at Easter)

Finn Park Guest Appearance photo album

Watch the All-Ireland Final (full match)
(Disclaimer: One or two words used during the match may not be suitable for grown-ups. Watch at your own risk! Despite the odd choice word, the match was played to the highest standard of sportsmanship and both teams must be commended for their attitude to the game and to each other.)

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SENIOR BOYS SOCCER SQUAD WHO ARE NOW ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS…CCS beat Presentation Brothers College, Cork 2-1 in the National Final in Whitehall, Dublin on Friday, 11th March.

Full match report to follow, along with extended match highlights. For now, here’s a quick synopsis of one of the best days in CCS history…

CCS took the lead on 20 minutes – Cathal Farren leaving the Cork keeper standing with a coolly taken penalty. PBC levelled on the stroke of half-time after some head-tennis in the Carn box. The ball may or may not have crossed the line, but opinions were immaterial as the ref pointed to the centre-circle.

Half-time 1-1

The second half was a scrambly affair, and while CCS were clearly the better team, PBC had arguably the better chances. As full-time approached, either team could have won it, but neither did.

Full-time (90 mins) 1-1

PBC clearly weren’t looking forward to extra-time and there was no doubt that CCS were well ahead in fitness terms. The conditioning showed on six minutes, as some lovely one-touch football gave Christy Fildara a shooting opportunity from the edge of the box. His finish, low into the bottom corner, sent the CCS support into raptures; the writing was on the wall for PBC. But there was still one moment of concern with the final whistle approaching. Daniel Houghton, who had been something of a spectator during extra-time, was called into action at the death. His excellent save, low to his right, ensured that there was no penalty shoot-out. The scenes of celebration after the match have been forty years in the making. An All-Ireland title is finally ours! Well done to the squad and management, and thanks from all at CCS…

Result (after extra-time) CCS 2-1 PBC

(This match report was written from behind a video camera and may bear little or no relation to what actually happened. Proper match report to follow…)

Senior Boys All-Ireland Team