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!

Louise's CV is the Best in Ireland!

A BIG congratulations to Louise McElhinney 6H, who took first place in her category in the Europass CV Competition. Louise can claim to have the best CV in Ireland! As first place winner, Louise received a Google Home voice activated speaker. Well done Louise! What a great achievement and very well deserved!

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LCA Driver Education Module Launched

LCA Driver Ed

LCA Driver Ed. photo album

CCS are delighted to host a Pilot Driver Education Programme with our LCA students, in conjunction with Donegal County Council and Pro-social Drivers Programme and funded by the North Inishowen School Completion Programme.

There are three main pillars within the school:
(1) Pro-social Drivers Councillors
(2) Presentations from Gardaí
(3) Practical preparation and theory preparation from Driving Instructor, Dessie Kearney

We believe this is an important initiative in educating young people, before they start driving, in keeping our roads safe.The Programme will be evaluated at the end and will inform the Pro-social Drivers Programme and Donegal County Council on the possible roll-out of the initiative to other schools and youth organisations. We wish all our LCA students undertaking the Programme success in this valuable opportunity.

Owen McConway, Deputy Principal, Carndonagh Community School.

Senior Pupils Visit National Fisheries College

LCA Fisheries 2016

Senior Pupils Fisheries College Visit photo album

On Wednesday 30 November, 22 budding fishermen accompanied by Mr. Liam Harkin headed for the National Fisheries College in Greencastle where they were met by Karl Vekins, Marine Safety Tutior who brought the group on a fascinating two-hour tour of the college. The students saw all of the very impressive facilities, engaged in firefighting duties, donned survival suits and life jackets, and tried out the extremely realistic simulators where some students got a chance to navigate their virtual boat in a storm force 10 gale off the Scottish coastline. As thes photographs clearly illustrate, the students loved the day and many of them are now firmly setting their sights on completing either a Fishing Vessel Engineer course in Greencastle or getting their first Skipper's Ticket. For further information on courses in the National Fisheries College see

From Nutrition Task to "Come Dine With LCA" in Four Months!

LCA Healthy Eating

LCA Nutrition Task ("Come Dine With Us") photo album

On Tuesday, 20th April, weeks of planning and hard work came together remarkably well as Fourth Year LCA hosted "Come Dine With Us" in the Fourth Unit kitchen. Parents and staff were welcomed to the dinner party, offering a choice of Irish stew, chicken curry, Thai curry or chili con carne. (A few members of staff naturally opted for all four...) The culinary masterclass was spearheaded by Peter Doherty (Saddler), who was quick to point out that the pupils took complete control on the big day. The initiative was funded by the Inishowen Development Partnership, who were represented by Denise McCool and Kate Wilkinson. The whole operation couldn't have happened without the person who has to thank everyone else. Well done to Ms. Elaine Meehan, who made sure everything was in order from day one.