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Fair Trade Week - Transition Years Lead the Celebrations

Fair Trade Week 2016Fair Trade Week photo album

We celebrated Fair Trade Week last week in CCS. What better way to kick-start the event than by a presentation by Mr Patsy Toland from Self-Help Africa? The Coffee Dock, bedecked with balloons in the FT colours, posters, banners and bunting was home for the week to the FT Crêperie girls: Niamh Grant TYC, Aoife Hands TYC, Kiara Callaghan TYB, Tegan McDaid TYD, Megan McCreanor TYC, Clare McCarron TYA and Tara Kelly TYD. The girls gave up their break times and lunchtimes to cook for the hungry masses but managed to get in a bit of dance practice for their Paddy’s Day routine behind the counter too!!! Thanks to all the pupils who helped spread the Fair Trade message with the shoppers in Supervalu during Fair Trade Week: TYA - Geraldine Brennan, Shauna McBride, Catherine Diver, Sarah Monagle, Kim McCloskey, Alannah Shovlin, Clare McCarron Shauna McLaughlin, Aoife Houghton Tia McLaughlin & Casey Cavanagh; TYB - Cathy Doherty, Gemma McCormick, Rebecca McCarron, Bethany O’Leary; TYC - Kate Gallagher;  TYD - Aishling McKinney and Áine McCallion.

To mark the 20th anniversary of FT in Ireland, there was an event called the Big Breakfast organised for Saturday, 5th March in the Colgan Hall. Local Carndonagh businesses were able to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to Fair Trade by supplying breakfast made up entirely of Fair Trade produce. TY girls, under the supervision and guidance of Ms Caroline Gallagher and Ms McIntyre, baked delicious FT goodies and served them at the CCS stand in the Colgan Hall on the day. Delicious Banana Bread, Chocolate Brownies, Tea Brack, Cup Cakes and Coffee Cake were among the delicacies on offer. To TYC’s Micheala Donaghy, TYD’s Holly Moore, Aishling McKinney, Paula McElhinney and Chloé Donaghy – a HUGE thank you!!!! Four ex-TYs Aoife Doherty, Cliona Ivers, Emma Doherty and Lydia Johnson - key players in CCS’s successful application to become a Fair Trade school last year - were also at the event as ambassadors of CCS. On Thursday, 10th March Oisin Bowyer TYC and Maria Farren TYD were exemplary representatives of CCS at the Ladder Workshop on Development Education Training with Mr Patsy Toland at Carndonagh Council offices.

Lifeline Inishowen - "One-in-Five" Balloon Release

LifeLine Inishowen
On Monday 30th November the TYs participated in a 'Balloon Release' for Lifeline (Inishowen) to highlight domestic violence. For every four purple balloons, there was one white balloon to represent the statistics of abuse in Irish relationships - "one-in-five". Mary Doherty and the Lifeline team will be back in CCS in the Spring to do a workshop with the TYs.

School Ties Are Back!

SchoolTies2015 2Newly designed school ties are now available from Room 211 on Tuesdays and Fridays at lunchtime. The ties carry the school colours and are embroidered with the school crest. They are supplied by the Moville Clothing Company and cost €10. While the 'School Tie Shop' is the result of a TY Mini-company, there's no doubt that the formal look is making a comeback at CCS. The introduction of the blazers several years ago was warmly received by the pupils, and the ties are a natural step towards completing the look.

Disability Awareness - Donegal Centre for Independent Living

Disability IrelandThe TYs participated in a two day workshop (Thur 7th Jan & Tue 12 Jan) on Disability Awareness with Richard Alcorn from the Donegal Centre for Independent Living. Richard shared his own experience with the TYs and showed a PowerPoint presentation on DCIL as well as a video on disability in the developing world.

Richard explained the current etiquette for interaction with a person with a disability. People shouldn’t feel awkward when interacting with a person who has a disability. Below are some basic tips for us all to follow. If you are ever unsure how to interact with a person who has a disability, just ask!

1. Ask before you help
Just because someone has a disability, don’t assume s/he needs help. Ask before you help! And if s/he does want help, ask how, before you act.

2. Be sensitive about physical contact
Some people with disabilities depend on their arms for balance. Grabbing a person with a disability, even if your intention is to assist, could knock them off balance. Avoid patting a person on the head or touching his wheelchair, scooter or cane. People with disabilities consider their equipment part of their personal space.

3. Think before you speak
Speak directly to a person with a disability....not to his/her companion or sign language Interpreter. Talk to the person as you would to anyone else.

4. Don’t make assumptions
People with disabilities are the best judge of what they can and cannot do. Don’t make decisions for them.

5. Respond graciously to requests
When a person with a disability asks for an accommodation of some kind at your place of learning/work/business, it is not a complaint. Please respond in a positive manner.

6. Terminology Tips
a) Always put the person first. Say “person with a disability” rather than “disabled person.”
b) Say “people with disabilities” rather than “the disabled.”
c) For specific disabilities, saying “person with Tourette syndrome” or “person who has cerebral palsy” is usually a safe bet.
d) Avoid outdated terms like “handicapped”, “crippled”, or “retarded.” Be aware that many people with disabilities dislike euphemistic terms like “physically challenged” and “differently abled.” Say “person who uses a wheelchair” or “wheelchair user” rather than “confined to a wheelchair” or “wheelchair bound.” The wheelchair is what enables the person to get around and participate in society; it’s liberating, not confining. With any disability, avoid negative, disempowering words, like “victim” or “sufferer.”

7. Commonly used phrases will not cause offence
It’s okay to use idiomatic expressions when talking to people with disabilities. For example, saying, “It was good to see you,” and “See you later,” to a person who is blind is completely acceptable; they use these expressions themselves all the time.

In the coming weeks, the TYs are hoping to carry out a questionnaire or make a short video to raise awareness on disability in our school and our community. Watch this space!

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