The lives of '80s kids were inevitably going to be guided by, then dominated by personal computing. 1982 was a particularly significant year for technology - the Commodore 64 was born. For current pupils who are unfamiliar with the Commodore experience, think PlayStation for your grandparents. The C64 was invented to do important stuff, but became a rudimentary games console. By…Read More
The John Paul II Award was received by seventeen students in the school for voluntary work carried out in their communities and parishes. The award allowed our students to bring to life the presence of Christ by ministering to the needs of others in their communities. Some students worked with the various charities, youth clubs and football teams in their…Read More
Martin Birdman Maloney photo album Martin Maloney a.k.a. The Birdman had two parts to his presentation in the Aras on Thursday, 4th February. Firstly, a slideshow and video presentation to our TY pupils on birds of prey. He highlighted the need for young people to change the perception of birds of prey, e.g. that they don't eat living lambs and they do…Read More
JCSP Handmade Spinning Wheel Initiative photos (and video) A group of 2nd Years are experiencing the tradition of making a Handmade Spinning Wheel under the careful guidance of Johnny Shiels. (The spin bike is not part of the tradition...) The students are also hand weaving a cover for their book " The Spinning Wheel" which they hope to display at the…Read More
Pupils and Staff at Carndonagh CS offer their condolences to the family of Mark Farren, who passed away on Wednesday morning, 3rd February aged 33. Mark attended CCS before establishing a youth football career at Tranmere and Huddersfield Town. He is best known for his exploits with Derry City FC, becoming their all-time top scorer in 2012. During his high-profile…Read More
Photo courtesy of www.DonegalSportHub.com Ulster Senior Soccer Final Carndonagh Community School Vs Loreto Milford (Match report - Matthew Cavanagh, 5B) Martin Cavanagh (manager) interview with Donegal Sport Hub Twelve months on from a devastating Ulster Final defeat at the hands of Deele College, CCS rose from the ashes to claim a well-deserved victory over Loreto Milford in this year’s showpiece by…Read More
Inaugural Meeting - Board Room, 12.50pm, Friday, 18th December Have you seen movies where students have their own Newspaper Club? They brainstorm, work together, have fun, share opinions and also practice their journalism skills. Just like in all American schools, CCS will have its own Newspaper Club. This club will be all about teamwork and having fun. At the same time all…Read More
“Parental involvement in a child’s schooling is a more powerful force than family background, size of family and level of parental education.” (Research report on the impact of Parental Involvement in Children’s Education, DFES 2006)
Parent Power is a practical, meaningful, activity based 90-minute workshop that empowers parents and gives them the opportunity to help their own children develop the essential study techniques to succeed in schools and exams.
This workshop will take place in Carndonagh Community School on Monday 1st February at 7.15pm sharp. This workshop is suitable for all parents/guardians, and particularly to parents of exam year students. Please visit www.amazingbrains.ie for more details.
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.
Newly 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.
The 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!