On Monday 10th December the Minister for Education & Skills, Joe Mc Hugh T.D. visited the school.
He met with members of the Board of Management, members of the Student Council and Prefects and discussed the development needs of the school and the challenges faced in managing a large school with a dispersed campus.
He was presented with a copy of The Last of the Name and a hand woven tweed scarf made especially for him by Anne McGonigle of Glendowen Crafts.
He took a tour of the school and was amazed at the extent of the campus.
Afterwards he met with and talked to the 5th Year Politics & Society class, the Prefects and the Student Council.
The students had an opportunity to put their questions to Minister McHugh.
The Minister was probably anticipating a heated debate. The pupils took a different approach to proceedings, turning the discussion into something of an Irish Language appreciation meeting displaying their keen interest in our language and culture.
Minister McHugh recounted his experience of becoming Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs in 2014, an unusual move for a non-Irish speaker.
But as he admitted himself: “It was through trial and error, perseverance, help, encouragement and good old Donegal thranness that I picked up the language and began to use it everyday, at home and at work.”
Pupils were impressed with his enthusiasm for the language and culture.
The pupils generated a very stimulating conversation around the Irish language and gave the Minister some food for thought on curricular reform.
Time ran out on the discussion, but Minister McHugh would have been more than happy to keep the chat going and promised the pupils he’d be back.
The CCS pupils once again demonstrated that they have well-considered views and opinions which they are well able to communicate.