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Camera Club Themes and Winners


Congratulations to Conor Lynch 1D, winner of the OPEN theme Sept/Oct. Belated congratulations to Ellen Simmons now in 5th year for her WATER themed photo May 2018. Remember to collect your prize!

Winners of the AUTUMN theme to be announced at our next Club Meeting and winners' prizes available for collection then too. New theme for Nov/Dec is FOOD! Please send in your name, class and title for each photo. Staff entries will be judged seperately. Then Dec/Jan theme will be WINTER HOLIDAYS and Feb theme is ANIMALS. See posters for more details or contact Mrs O'Brien (306A ). Great entries so far, well done!


LCA Pupils Excel in Their Field

LCA Farming Module

There is a new National initiative called ‘Social Farming in Ireland’ and C.C.S have been lucky enough to be offered this programme. It is a cross-border initiative which is being jointly funded by SFI and C.C.S. There is lots of information to be found on; below is the main statement about the programme.

“Social Farming is the practice of offering activity on family farms as a form of social support service. In Social Farming the farm remains a working farm at its core but invites people to participate in the day to day activities of the farm. Social Farming provides people who use services with the opportunity for inclusion, to increase self-esteem and to improve health and well-being. The farm is not a specialised treatment farm; rather it remains a typical working farm where people in need of support can benefit from participation in farm activities in a non- clinical environment.”

Six lucky pupils from 5th year LCA have been chosen as part of a pilot programme. Three pupils will attend a local farm belonging to William McLaughlin in Malin on Wednesday and Thursday for a period of eight weeks. We wish them lots of luck, lots of muck and lots of hard work!

Bank of Ireland Financial Wellness Week at CCS

BoIWelnessCCS3Financial Wellness Week took place from Monday 12th of November until Friday 16th of November. During this week, with the help of Mrs. Farren, Lucia McCauley Bank of Ireland Youth Co-Ordinator delivered talks to 2nd years right up to Leaving Cert students on the importance of Financial Wellness and underpinning Financial Independence. Talks covered a range of different areas, from Savings, Budgeting, CV and Interview Skills, and reading a payslip just to name a few things covered.

During the week Bank of Ireland School Bank was also set up. This consisted of six Transition Year students. These students went through an application process and an interview. This facility enabled students to open a bank account at school. The students ran the school bank themselves. They advertised via social media, posters, flyers and by presenting the information to different year groups. The School Bank team this year consisted of:

Branch Manager: Aoife Smyth
Sales Manager: Joshua Downey
Marketing Manager: William O’Canain
Operations: Athena McLaughlin
Digi Advisor: Kirsty Gallagher and Callum Doherty

Another fantastic Bank of Ireland School Bank held at Carndonagh Community School; looking forward to next year!

Sixth Year History Trip to Derry

History Trip Derry

Sixth Year History Trip photo album

55 History students in 6th year recently visited the Free Derry Museum and partook in a walking tour of the Bogside with their teachers - Mr. Colm Doherty, Ms. Majella Doherty and Ms. Marie Mc Laughlin. They learned about the unfolding of events of Bloody Sunday by locals who witnessed events on that fateful day in 1972. They also visited the Siege Museum and the Apprentice Boys Hall. Visits to both museums gave the group a greater understanding of the need of the Civil Rights Movement and the Apprentice Boys to commemorate their religious and cultural identity. It was an informative day and will help greatly with the pupils' study of the politics and society of Northern Ireland.

Annual Day of Action - Friday, 30th November

What will YOU do this year? Clean the house… Assist the elderly…No PlayStation…No mobile phone…No TV…An hour of exercise…

Collection in Aid of School Designated Beneficiaries:

Donegal Alzheimer Society | Carndonagh / Donegal Hospice

All money must be returned to RE teachers no later than Monday, 3rd December.

Day of Action 2018

CCS Pupils Take on The Top Table

Claire Byrne Show

The Top Table / Claire Byrne Show photo album

On Monday 12th November twenty-three senior students, mostly from the 5th year Politics class, travelled to Dublin where they visited the Dáil and participated in the audience of the Claire Byrne Live show. The group was also accompanied by one of our local County Councillors, Martin Mc Dermott. As it turned out, the Claire Byrne Live show was a Brexit special. Claire Byrne was hosting the Nolan show in Belfast and Stephen Nolan was hosting the Claire Byrne show in Dublin.

The students observed the heated debates that took place between the politicians and though several students submitted questions, Katie Durey from 6th year was given the opportunity to ask her question live on air, challenging Jim Allister on his party's position regarding Brexit. The following day the students received an invitation from the BBC and Stephen Nolan, inviting them to participate in the audience of The Top Table show in Belfast. On Wednesday 21st November the students travelled to the show where again they observed yet another heated debate. This time it was Ódhran Cavanagh and Keith Watson who had the opportunity to put their questions forward.

The students have gained valuable insights not only into Politics and Society but also into the intricacies of working on live TV. Both RTE and the BBC commended our pupils on their willingness to participate in the debate.