Pure Savage Entrepreneur Visit CCS

Pure Savage CCS

Last week, Carndonagh based entrepreneur, Mr Niall McLaughlin, spoke with 5H about his print, design and embroidery business, Pure Savage. Mr McLaughlin explained what it was like to work for yourself and the pros and cons of being an entrepreneur. Students were given an opportunity to ask questions and see how a real business actually works. Mr McLaughlin was very open and informative and will hopefully have inspired Inishowen's next great business start-up. Now that would be Pure Savage!

LCA PE General Ed. Task - First Year Futsal


LCA PE Task photo allbum

Report by Alysia Brattin Loftus

On Monday 17th December 2018, our LCA class, 5H organised a first year futsal tournament. To do this we each had to play a number of roles such as a coach, referee, reporter, photographer, score keeper or equipment manager. We wanted to do an event with first years because they’re an easier group of students to get out of class as they don’t have as many exams. We also wanted the junior students to feel comfortable with senior students in a fun way.

Picking the sport would be hard, not knowing what the first years were interested in. We decided to do a survey. Each first year student participating in our tournament received a survey where they could vote for which sport they would like to take place. They also got to vote to see if they wanted prizes based on teams that won the most games, that scored the most goals or that showed the best sportsmanship and fair play.

Read more: LCA PE General Ed. Task - First Year Futsal

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