Transition Year

TY Legal Team Have no Objections to New York Trial Date

National Mock Trials

National Mock Trials 2017 photo album

Congratulations to the CCS TY National Mock Trial Team who won all three of their cases in the Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin on Saturday 8th April 2017. As one of the top four teams in the country, the CCS team now proceeds to the Semi-Finals on Saturday 6th May. But that's not all! The final four teams in the competition are invited to represent Ireland in the US Mock Trial Competition in New York in October!! Well done to everyone! The 18-member team consists of Adam Mullins, Aidan Doherty, Aimee Donaghey, Aisling McCarron, Ben Nelson, Bridget Doherty, Chantelle McLaughlin, Ciara McGonagle, Daniel McCormick, Danielle Houghton, Ellen Keyes, Ellen Simmons, Evan McLaughlin, Jordan Doherty, Kate Hunter, Nathan Crumlish, Rori Doherty & Shaun Hirrell. A HUGE thank you to Mr Dónal McGuinness BL for all his guidance and support. We are very grateful. Thanks also to Garda Sean McLaughlin for lending us Garda props and to Mr Dessie Doherty for lending us his lucky bell!

TYs Fly the Flag on St. Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day Parade 2017

St. Patrick's Day Parade (Transition Year) photo album

What a way to spend St. Patrick's Day. Over 50 TYs travelled to Dublin in the early hours of Friday 17th March to participate in the annual parade in Dublin. The 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. Thankfully the weather held out and the students did CCS proud.

Gringotts Bank Looks the Business for National Build a Bank Final

Gringotts Bank 2017

Gringotts Bank Regional Final 2017 photo album

On 16th March, after a quick detour, Gringotts Bank arrived at the Leopardstown Racecourse for the regional finals of AIB's Build a Bank Challenge. After perfecting their display and a grilling from two separate judging panels, the girls' presentation skills shone through and they were selected to attend the National Final in The RDS on the 25th April. Congratulations to Ellen Simmon, Brigid Doherty, Eimear Smith, Aisling McCarron, Rachel Devlin and Katie Durey.

TYs Take on the Tug O' War Champs

TY Tug O War

TY Tug of War photo album (Thanks to Laura Cobo Ibanez)

As part of the Transition Year Sports Programme, TYs have been given the opportunity to branch-out and experience the numerous and diverse sports operating around Inishowen. This term the TYs experienced Tug of War through the generosity of Clonmany Tug O' War Club. Coaches Danny McGonigle and Daniel Doherty (Ranty) volunteered their time to introduce the TYs to the sport and put the students through their paces. The day culminated in a Tug of War tournament. The winning team's prize was a shot at the All-Ireland U16 Champs. The TYs thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would like to thank Danny and Daniel for all their efforts.

Colour Run Raises €550 for Jigsaw

Colour Run Jigsaw

Pinch, punch start of the month! Gringotts Bank (TY) kicked off March with a splash of colour by holding a 5k colour run at CCS in aid of Jigsaw. On Wednesday, 1st March, First, Second and Transition Year students were seen racing around the school in white, dodging buckets of paint being thrown at them by a few gleeful teachers. The run managed to raise a great sum of €550 for Jigsaw, a very worthy cause that our school has been working very hard for all year. Thanks to everyone who took part and helped with organising and picture-taking. We couldn’t have done it without you. – Gringotts Bank

Student Enterprise Awards - Regional Final Success for CCS

Enterprise Awards 2017

What a BOW-TIE-FUL day it was for Aine Mc Kinney 1C, Mary Mullins 1C and Caitlin Monagle 1C when they got through to the National Finals of the Student Enterprise Awards in Dublin. As part of the Competition in Letterkenny the girls had to write up a detailed Business Report, put up a display stand and do a presentation in front of three judges. WHAT AN IMPRESSION THEY MADE. Aine was a natural when showcasing the Business to the judges; they were so impressed and said that she outshone many of the seniors on the day.

The Student Enterprise Programme (SEP) is the biggest enterprise competition for students in Ireland. It helps students to grasp real life skills associated with running a real enterprise including working as part of a team, managing production and finances, organising a sales and marketing campaign and liaising directly with customers, judges and the media. 

Each year over 22,000 students from all over Ireland get to find out what it’s really like to be their own boss and run their own business by taking part in the Student Enterprise Programme. As well as finding out what life is like as their own boss, students could also be in with a chance of winning some great prizes including: National Trophy and plenty of Cash Prizes; Local and National Media Profile, including TV and Radio appearances. Good Luck girls and hopefully you will bring that National Trophy Back to CCS.


Well done to TY students Adam Mullins, Evan McLaughlin and Shaun Hirrell from H.C.P. (Hand Crafted Products) and Maurita Doherty, Kate Grant and Rachel Moore from Sew Cute and Crafty, who represented the school in the Senior Category of the Student Enterprise Awards Regional Final on Wednesday, 1st March. The students have been working extremely hard on their businesses since October and Wednesday 1st March was the culmination of all their hard work. Both teams gave excellent presentations and received very positive feedback from the judges; the boys for their range of wooden charging stations for smart phones and tablets and the girls with their beautiful handmade bunting to suit any occasion. While victory wasn't to be theirs on the day, the students did the school proud and no doubt we will be hearing from these young entrepreneurs again in the future!

Congratulations and best of luck to our Junior students from Bow-Tie-Ful as they progress to the national finals in Croke Park.