JCSP Science Tortoise Needs a Name...

CCS Tortoise

JCSP Science Tortoise photo album

Carndonagh Community School is proud to welcome a new member to the CCS community...Tortoise! At the minute, the tortoise is called Tortoise because he's only little and doesn't have a name yet. This needs to change by next week. Suggestions for names should be made to Ms. Coll (Room 317) by Monday, 6th January. So far, Bob, Terence and Sheldon are topping the list. The addition of a tortoise to Ms. Coll's Science room is one of the more unusual JCSP initiatives to date. Tortoise has settled in well and has already become a firm favourite in Room 317.

JCSP (September 2016)

Congratulations to class 3C on their fantastic Junior Cert results. The hard work finally paid off and well done to all the teachers and students involved in the programme for the last two years. The students have now moved into senior cycle, following different programmes - LCA, TY and 5th Year Leaving Cert.


What a busy year it has been for the students involved in the JCSP. It was a fun filled, educational and productive year. Thanks to all the students who participated in all aspects of the programme.

Artist in the Classroom
This initiative focused on creative visual skills development where the artist worked for a short time with the group of students. The aim was to produce a piece of wall art that could then be exhibited in the school. The students worked on a theme and after a few weeks they all agreed on the design. They priced the plywood and we purchased 5 pieces of ply ( 8 X 4 ) along with Spray cans, protection masks, brushes, varnish, paper and paint. The students came up with the motto “ if you are not having fun there is no point doing it”. The students worked for a number of weeks on the project and completed their wall display before the Halloween break.
Christmas Celebration

This is an opportunity for the parents and teachers to celebrate the achievements of the JCSP students. The Students from First, Second and Third year were involved. Class 3C organised the event. All Classes helped with the decoration of the coffee dock, Christmas tree, 3rd corridor and food. A lot of work goes into the Christmas Celebration and every year the feedback from the parents is very positive. Our guest speaker this year, Jason Black, gave an inspirational talk to all who attended.

Read more: JCSP INITIATIVES 2015-2016

JCSP Summer Celebration 2016

JCSP Summer Celebration 2016

JCSP Summer Celebration photo album

To mark the end of the Junior Cycle and the Junior Certificate Schools Programme a presentation was held in the library on Wednesday, 25th May. Mr. Sam Bogan presented a portfolio to each student in 3C and acknowledged their contribution to the school, class and himself. Good Luck to all the students in June.

SambaStef! Drumming Workshop

JCSP Drumming

SambaStef! Drumming Workshop photo album

Time flies when you are having fun and this was the case on Friday, 26th February. The Drumming Workshop certainly went with a “bang”. From the small African hand held shaker to the Brazilian bass drum – the 1st and 2nd years made it a fun, energised and noisy experience.

JCSP Handmade Spinning Wheel Initiative

CCS Spinning WheelsJCSP Handmade Spinning Wheel Initiative photos (and video)

A group of 2nd Years are experiencing the tradition of making a Handmade Spinning Wheel under the careful guidance of Johnny Shiels. (The spin bike is not part of the tradition...) The students are also hand weaving a cover for their book " The Spinning Wheel" which they hope to display at the Make A Book Exhibition in Dublin in March.

The sound of the spinning wheel has been part of the music of rural Ireland for generations. And it's a sound that has been an important part of life for the Shiels family in Carndonagh through the years. Johnny Shiels is a third-generation spinning wheel maker. His grandfather, Johnny, was making spinning wheels back in the 1940s, using timber washed ashore on the beaches around his native Inishowen. Like his grandfather and father, Johnny makes Dutch-style wheels in his workshop in Bridge Street, Carndonagh, not far from Ireland's most northerly point, Malin Head. These Dutch wheels were introduced to Ireland in the 18th century and used for spinning flax.

Each wheel is hand-crafted by Johnny "from start to finish". Each spinning wheel is a fine piece of craftmanship, while also being fully functional. The work of the Shiels family is widely-known, and has been featured in the book, 'Ireland's Traditional Crafts'. RTÉ also featured the Shiels family in one episode of their award-winning traditional crafts series,'Hands'. Johnny now hopes to encourage his own sons to continue the family tradition.

Find out more about Johnny Shiels and the spinning wheel tradition at www.spinningwheels.ie.