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Pope John Paul II Awards 2018

Pope John Paul II AwardCongratulations to the 5th year students who received their John Paul II Awards at a ceremony in the Millennium Forum in Derry, 5th February 2018. The students actively took part in the life of their Church and in the life of their community and society. In total, Carndonagh Community School received eleven gold awards and seven bronze awards. The students are pictured with the Bishop of Derry, Bishop Donal McKeown and the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, Jude Okolo. Well done to all involved.

The Students receiving the awards were: Ella Devlin, Rachel Doherty, Amy Doherty, Breda Doherty, Ciaran Doherty, Maurita Doherty, Megan Gallagher, Katlyn Grant, Emma Harkin, Sorcha Hession, Danielle Houghton, Aisling McCarron, Ciara McGonagle, Chantelle McLaughlin, Rachel Moore, Eimear Smith and Johnathan Toye.

Cross-country Athletics - Ulster District Success for CCS

Cross Country Team U17 2018

Intermediate (U17) Cross-country team: (Back row) Mr. Niall McGee (Coach), Lughán Devenny, Brian Houghton, Christopher O'Brien, Mr. Paul Fiorentini (Principal); (Front row) Diarmait Keogh, Fionn Bowyer, Jack Leddy

Intermediate Cross-country Trials & Team photo album

Carndonagh Community School continued their long tradition of success at the Ulster District Cross-country Championships by taking team gold in the Inter-Boys (Under 17) race in Coleraine. In the process, they qualified for the Ulster Schools’ Cross-country Finals in Mallusk on 21st February. Transition Year student Fionn Bowyer led the team to the top of the podium with a fine individual performance in 8th. Lughán Devenny made a seamless switch from the track and indoor scene to the country by securing 10th. Lughán was followed six seconds later by the ever consistent Jack Leddy in 11th. Multi-sport competitor Christopher O’Brien raced well to earned 23rd place. The ever determined Brian Houghton completed the victorious team in 46th. These collective performances gave the C.C.S athletes a comfortable 16-point winning margin ahead of Lumen Christi in second. St. Joseph’s Creggan collected the bronze medals with 10 teams finishing.

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TYs in the Deep End at Greencastle Fisheries College

TY Life Raft

Greencastle Fisheries College Visit photo album

Nine Transition Year students recently travelled to Greencastle Fisheries College where they learned survival at sea techniques. The students completed the certified course which taught them how to cope in an emergency situation at sea, how to correctly use the available safety equipment and also how to deploy and use a life raft. In William Street baths in Derry the students learned what it’s like to be in a life raft and how to right an overturned life raft. The course proved to be a big hit with all involved and provided the students with essential knowledge which could not only save their lives but the lives of those around them should they ever find themselves in an emergency situation on land or at sea.

CCS presents ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ (8th & 9th February)

Dancing at LughnasaCarndonagh Community School presents ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ by Brian Friel. This magical journey of memory, illusion and dancing will take place on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th of February at 7:30pm in the Áras. 'Dancing at Lughnasa' is a much loved play set in the summer of 1936, the last time the five Mundy sisters were together. Tickets are available in the school's Main Office and Doherty’s Newsagents (Fintans).

Camera Club - Winter Theme Winners

The current camera club theme is LANDSCAPE. Get those entries in to win! Remember to include your name and class/staff to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 28th February. Next club meeting is the 19th February, lunchtime in 306A. All welcome!

Winter photo competition winners:

Therese Farren 2C


Niamh McGeoghegan TY

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Ms. Emma Porter - Staff Category

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The Callum Report - Ulster Final

Carndonagh Community School 2018

Senior Soccer Ulster Final photo album

Senior Soccer Ulster Final
We all met in the Coffee Dock in the morning for a good gossip and a moan about sore legs. Corey noticed a missing Lorcan Bradley. “He’s likely counting sheep” says Jimmyroe. These allegations were soon to be thrown out when we all remembered that Lorcan can’t count. He wasn’t long turning up anyhow, still with sleep in his eyes and the curlers in his hair. Generosity was shown when Mark Spencer decided to boil the kettle and make us all a drop of tea, but tightness was to overrule generosity in the end up when he failed to produce any buns or biscuits and using 1 teabag to 5 cups.

The bus landed and the door bust open. No Seamus O’Donnell, it was Conor Susie. The Panicking started. “I hope he doesn’t start singing!” and “When Susie’s singing in the Persian, not even the draft will come in” were among a number of complaints made. We got away anyways after 10 minutes of convincing him to leave the guitar and his CD’s behind. We pulled into Centra, first man to the deli counter was Jimmyroe. To save time, Shane Glack got 3 of us to grab the corner of the deli and tip it into the bus for Ciaran. 

Fanad was a brave distance away so we needed music. I was DJ (not to be getting me mixed up with the other DJ (McGeoghegan), who unlike myself, nobody wants to listen to). There was some classics, from Shunie Crampsey to Daniel ODonnell, from Stormzy to Wheeler Walker. Songs like Wonderwall, and Oro Se Do Bheatha’ Bhaile. A special thanks to Aine 'n' Tara for lifting money in the supporters bus and having the patience to wait on Adam The Hatter’s mother to come late with Adam's booster seat and his dummy.

The warm-up had its usual antics - misplaced passes, complaints from Houghton and moans from Cade, who has finally been dropped after Mr. Cavanagh found sense and gave him his P45. Mr. Cavanagh named out the squad anyways, but we were missing our CB Jake. After the sound of “PLOMP” we weren’t long finding his whereabouts. Jake's hind was hugging the toilet bowl. There he was without sense nor toilet paper. We solved the problem by throwing in Brendan Lackin’s shinpads.

Photo of wee Corey celebrating taken by Gary Foy. Great shot, son!

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