Transition Year

St. Patrick's Day Parade - Dublin 2016

Paddy's Day 2016

St. Patrick's Day Parade photo album

What a way to spend St. Patrick's Day! Forty TYs travelled to Dublin in the early hours of Thursday morning to participate in the annual parade in Dublin. These students displayed many talents on the journey down - face painting, eyebrow shaping, eyebrow painting, cheek enhancing, eyelash tinting, lip enhancing, eyeliner flicks and costume change - and that was just the boys. Once off the bus the students were treated like royalty and got the paparazzi treatment for the day. Thankfully the weather was fantastic and the students did CCS proud.

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.