Schedule of Re-opening & BOOKSHOP / Calendar of Holidays

The Bookshop will be open on Thursday, 27th August from 3pm until 5.30pm for all students who still have to get books or School Journals. S.P.H.E. books for First, Second and Third Years will be in stock. The Spanish Book "Practicamos" will also be on sale for Third Years.

School reopens as follows:

Friday, 28th August : First Years
Assemble at 9.00. a.m. in the Aras to be given timetables. Buses will leave at 12.30. Bring School Journal and a pen.

Monday, 31st August : Fifth Years
Timetables can be collected in the Bookshop on 27th August.

Tuesday, 1st September : Second, Third and Fourth Years
Third Years can collect their timetables in the Bookshop on 27th August. Second and Fourth Years will receive their timetables in the post on Monday 31st August.

Wednesday, 2nd September : TY and Fourth & Fifth Year L.C.A.

Calendar of Mid-terms, Easter, etc.

Back-to-School 2015-16 : Booklists

CCS Reading Pinterest Recommendations

CCS PinterestOpen up the link, open up a book and jump in! Summer reading ideas for all ages and all genres. 

"Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light."

Cycle Against Suicide

Cycle Against Suicide photo album

Tuesday, 28th April will be a big, big day in the school calendar. At around 1.30pm on Tuesday afternoon, upwards of 400 cyclists will pull into CCS during the Inishowen leg of Cycle Against Suicide. While the peleton are fed and watered in Unit 5, CAS guru, Jim Breen will address the pupils in the New Tech. Jim brings with him a simple yet very important message. "It's OK not to feel OK; and it's absolutely OK to ask for help." The cycle, a 1,400Km stage lasting from Monday, 27th April to Sunday, 10th May will touch fifteen major bases on its tour around the island of Ireland. The cycle, however, is only part of the fun! For the month preceding the cycle, Jim has been covering the same ground in reverse, on foot, ably yet humbly assisted by physios, friends, and the odd stranger. The legs hurt, but the mood is upbeat. Cycle Against Suiside is in every sense a positive movement. Please show your support along the road...they'll be the guys wearing ORANGE!

Michael WhiteMichael White TYB, was selected, along with a hundred other transition year students from around the country, to participate in the Bar Council of Ireland Transition Year Programme. Michael recently spent a week in the care of the Bar Council of Ireland where he was exposed to the Irish court system and court personnel. The TY pupils spent most of the week going between the two main courts of the land, the Four Courts and the Central Criminal Courts of Justice.

Pupils were grouped according to their preferred legal area so Michael's group spent most of their time in the criminal courts. Over the course of the week they sat in on numerous cases ranging from minor assaults and parole violations, to much more serious charges liked armed robbery and a kidnapping charge. They also managed to sit in on two very high profile cases, the Ian Bailey case and the Rory McIlroy case. Some of the most interesting parts of the week occurred in the evenings when pupils took part in mock trials and visited the Law Society and the Bridewell. Michael was disappointed that TY pupils were denied access to one of the most interesting cases of the decade, the Graham Dwyer case. Because of the graphic nature of the evidence and the distressing nature of the case, the Bar Council decided that it was the prudent thing to do.

Overall the week was extremely interesting and insightful. A barrister not only needs to know the law but has to be quick thinking on his feet and a good speaker. One never knows when a knowledge of the law might come in handy!

Show Racism the Red Card

Pictured are Chloe Mulhern, Shanice Whoriskey, Caitlin Devlin, Caoimhe Ruddy, Caitlin Keogh, Paddy Doherty & Lee McLaughlin. These are the students who will be representing the school on Monday, 20th April in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin for the "Show Racism the Red Card". Many thanks to Ms. Donna Callaghan and Mr. Brian McLoughlin for all their hard work.

Ashley Young CCS


MATCH FOOTAGE (VIDEO) (Click link, then right-click on jigsaw piece and "run this plug-in")

Man Utd Trip Photo Album

Pupils and staff from Carndonagh Community School visited Old Trafford for the fourth time when they travelled to Manchester over the Easter Weekend. First stop was Boundary Park on Good Friday to watch League One Oldham Athletic play league leaders Bristol City. The forty students of CCS cheered with the other 4,500 supporters when Oldham came from behind to snatch a 1-1 draw.

On Saturday the group made their way to Old Trafford to watch Manchester United v Aston Villa. For the fourth year running the students watched a favourable(?) result as United ran out 3-1 winners with goals from Ander Herrera (2) and a Wayne Rooney volley. Christian Benteke pulled one back for Villa. The pupils even took time out of their trip to pose for photos with Ashley Young before travelling back to Carndonagh. Well done to all, especially Mr. Micky O'Kane, Mr. Martin Cavanagh, Mr. John Collins and Ms. Siobhan Coll who travelled with the students.

FairTradeSchoolCCS has been designated a Fair Trade School! Ms. Nabla McGeehin would like to thank all the pupils and staff for their efforts. Together we made it happen!

Thanks to the CSPE and SPHE teachers for showing the various videos, to Marie and the canteen staff and Dessie in the Coffee Dock, who made the switch to Fair Trade. Thanks to Michael Doherty for making the switch in the Maths building, to Tina in the Tuckshop, and to all in the Special Needs staff room for doing likewise. Thanks to Management, all the individual teachers, SNAs, and secretarial and ancillary staff who are now opting for Fair Trade, from bananas, to tea, coffee and chocolate. Well done everyone.

Four TYA girls were instrumental in this venture and did much of the work. They are - Cliona Ivers, Lydia Johnson, Aoife Doherty and Emma Doherty. Thanks also to the TYs who delivered PowerPoint presentations to local primary school pupils and to all the TY pupils who made and sold all the Fair Trade goodies over FT fortnight!

2015 Junior Certificate Art Practical Exams

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2015 Leaving Certificate Art Practical Exams

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Read DL Jack Leddy

Thursday, 26th March was a very special evening for one of our First Year students who was awarded a prize at the closing ceremony of Read DL. Jack Leddy was first runner-up in a creative writing competition organised by The Read DL Initiative. Students in the participating secondary schools across Donegal were invited to write a short story on the theme "You can't blend in when you were born to stand out". Jack's story won the silver medal!

Two others students from CCS entered and whilst they were not awarded a prize, their stories were fantastic also. The entries are here for you to read. Enjoy.

Read DL Short Stories

Read DL Jack Leddy

Thursday, 26th March was a very special evening for one of our First Year students who was awarded a prize at the closing ceremony of Read DL. Jack Leddy was first runner-up in a creative writing competition organised by The Read DL Initiative. Students in the participating secondary schools across Donegal were invited to write a short story on the theme "You can't blend in when you were born to stand out". Jack's story won the silver medal!

Two others students from CCS entered and whilst they were not awarded a prize, their stories were fantastic also. The entries are here for you to read. Enjoy.

Read DL Short Stories

Congratulations to the winners of the First Year Safer Internet and Anti-Cyber Bullying Poetry Competition. The anti-cyber bullying team, assisted by Mr. Brian McLoughlin, found it very difficult to narrow the poems down to a winning shortlist. All were excellent and the judges were surprised by the effort and time spent on the poetry. The winners were: Catherine Callaghan (1C); Laura McLaughlin (1H); Tony Keyes (1H); Rachel McDaid (1H); Ailbhe McLaughlin (1H); Chloe Kelly (1C); Mary Kate Kelly (1G); Eadaoin Doherty (1C) and Róisin Toland (1C). Thank you to all pupils who submitted a poem. Happy Easter!

Junk Kouture 2015CCS has a history of high standards in the recycled fashion competition, Junk Kouture, and this year is no different. Ten dresses were designed and made and all ten got through the first round of the competition, taking them to the much anticipated Northern Region Finals. It was a brilliant night and all ten models represented their team and school and wore their dresses brilliantly on the catwalk in front of a packed Millennium Forum. Unfortunately, there were only twenty available places out of eighty, so not everyone got through. Amazingly, this year broke the school record and four of the dresses won a place in the Grand Final in Dublin. 'Paraboloid, Smoke and Mirrors, Plastic Fantastic and Sheer Glass were the final four from CCS. Now, the next stage is almost upon us and from 6th - 17th April, there will be online voting via Facebook. To vote, log on to Facebook, go to the Repak page, go to the link for the Junk Kouture voting page and click the heart beside each of the four dresses. You can vote once a day, every day.

Every vote counts and is much appreciated.

The Camera Club has its first competition winner. Take a bow Sally McKenna 2B! There wasn't much in it when the votes were counted. All the pictures were fabulous. See Sally's landscape capture below. The next theme is 'Spring' - this time of year there should be plenty to photograph - birds, flowers, lambs, etc. Happy snapping!

Sally McKenna Competition Winner

World Book DayOn Thursday, 5th March - World Book Day 2015 - pupils and staff at CCS were asked to decorate a few noticeboards in the Second Corridor with post-it notes outlining their favourite reads. The response was fantastic. The art of reading is still alive! The Top 10 list has been released. There aren't too many surprises. Some say the oldies are the besties...

pdfDownload CCS Top Ten Reads

Glenveagh 2015

Glenveagh National Park Visit photo album

What a day! Sun shining, fresh air and a little bit of exercise...Bliss! Class 2C and 3H enjoyed a day trip to Glenveagh National Park. Glenveagh National Park is one of six national parks in Ireland. Situated in the north-west of Co. Donegal, Glenveagh encompasses some 16,000 hectares in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Such a great wilderness is the haunt of many interesting plants and animals. These lands were managed as a private deer forest before becoming a national park in 1975. With the completion of public facilities Glenveagh National Park was officially opened to the public in 1986. The class had a tour guide along the way who gave them the history of the park. They visited the beautiful gardens and the Castle.

Barrick Hill Opening Sarah Brophy

Carndonagh Town Park Official Opening photo album

On Friday, 20th March, Transition Year pupil Sarah Brophy was the very special guest formally invited to open Carndonagh Town Park. Among those looking on was TV personality and gardener, Diarmuid Gavin, the park's chief designer. CCS Online will be catching up with Sarah later this week...More to follow!

Donegal Minor GAA Ladies

The Ulster Minor Ladies GAA Championship kicks off this weekend, with Donegal taking on Tyrone at 2pm in Foden, Carndonagh. Among the 34-strong Donegal panel are three of Inishowen's best - Lauren Cregan, Aine Bradley and Nicole Gordon (Captain). When not playing for Donegal, the girls tog out for Urris and Carndonagh CS. All the best, ladies!

Cycle Against Suicide

With 800 lives lost to suicide on the island of Ireland every year - 500 of those in the Republic - there is hardly a community or family that has not be affected by suicide. On Tuesday, 28th April, Cycle Against Suicide will visit Carndonagh Community School. This event offers the community of North Inishowen an opportunity to show their support for all affected by suicide. We will need the help of the entire community to ensure Inishowen makes a positive impression. Keep an eye on local press and the school website in the coming weeks.

Please spread the word..."It's ok not to feel ok, and it's absolutely ok to ask for help."

World Book Day 2015

World Book Day Story Board photos

On Thursday, 5th March CCS students and staff spent part of their day considering, debating, justifying and recording their favourite books in what is now a very visual medium. If you get a chance, take a look at the DEIS noticeboards in the Second Corridor. On them you will find plenty of recommendations as staff and students have listed their favourite books, and the reasons for their choices, on post-it notes. Everything from The Dealer to Wuthering Heights is in there and it makes for great reading. It's not too late to record your choice if you have not done so already. The display will remain up for another week.

Junk KoutureWell done to ALL our students who took part in the Northern Regional Final of Junk Kouture on what was a successful night for Carndonagh CS. The students were great ambassadors for the school and they should be very proud of themselves. Best of luch to the four teams who got through to the National Final in Dublin.

Stay tuned for more Junk Kouture news in the near future. Your support will be needed!


U14 Boys Donegal Final photos   |   U14 Boys Ulster Quarter-final photos

With the U14 Ulster Semi-final looming, we take a look back at the road to the semis...

Mr. James Doherty's Under 14 boys continue their charge through Ulster after their great victory in the County Final before Christmas. The boys have trained energetically and spirits are high at the moment. In the midst of the training regime they had a trip to Ballybofey to see Donegal beat Derry in the first round of this year's National League Division 1 .They certainly picked something up at this game as they swept aside their Co. Tyrone opposition, Carrickmore in the Ulster quarter final played at Owenbeg on Monday Feb 9th. They put on an outstanding display of controlled attacking football for the parents and supporters who had travelled up for the game. Conor O'Donnell gave a masterclass of midfield play and scored 2-3 from play. His midfield partner Kyle Doherty also covered a lot of ground in this new position for him and got a goal from play. Johnny Toye, when he settled in on the edge of the square was unstoppable and contributed 3-2 to the total score. Gavin McDaid filled in well for him while he was blood-subbed. The forward line put together some terrific moves and Kieran Farren was at the centre of many of them - he got 1-6 into the bargain! Joe McGonigle got a rasper of a goal, while substitute, Luke Davy Doherty also hit the net.

Read more: U14 GAA Roundup - Flying in Ulster!

LCA Health Eating

Fifth Year LCA Healthy Eating & Lifestyle photos 

The HELP (Healthy Eating & Lifestyle) project aims to tackle teenagers' unhealthy lifestyles through the provision of community based school-centered programmes along with utilising the Barrack Hill Park, Gardens and allotments facilities in Donegal Council area. The HELP project encompasses a skills based multi-component management programme (13-19yrs) focusing on well being, nutrition and physical activity. By engaging in Healthy Lifestyles and Making a Difference programmes, we target teenagers, seeking to encourage healthy life choices through positive lifestyle changes in their environments.

Health Programme Manager, Donnacha Gallagher - "The 'HELP' programme delivered in Carndonagh Community School has been a fun, effective, community focused, student friendly programme. We aim to provide the necessary support, education and guidance to young people and their families, assisting them to move into a more positive position for their futures".

CCS Carnival Group

CCS Carnival Group photo

Around fifty TY and Fourth Year pupils spent Wednesday morning learning their moves for the Paddy's Day parade in Dublin. Under the guidance of members of the Inishowen Carnival Group, along with Mrs. Elaine Farren, the pupils were furnished with whacky costumes and other outlandish paraphernalia that has made the Inishowen group such a big hit at the parade. Keep an eye on RTÉ on St. Patrick's Day and you're sure to spot one or two people you know, even if you mightn't recognise them...


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PJP II 2014

Pope John Paul II Awards photo album

The John Paul II awards took place in the Millennium Forum on Tuesday, 10th February. Awards were presented by the Bishop of Derry, Bishop Donal McKeown and Cardinal Edwin O'Brien. Students received awards for their voluntary work in their respective parishes and communities.

Congratulations to the following students who received the award: Shauna Craig, Amy McClean, Shannon McLaughlin, Claire Friel, Debbie McLaughlin, Chloe Donaghy, Ciaran White, Jill Scott, Amy Morrison, Eimear Toland, Claire Doherty, Natalie McLaughlin, Hannah McColgan, Aisling O'Kane and Debbie McLaughlin. Their award leader was Serena Doherty, School Chaplain.

pdfDOWNLOAD ZODIAC Newsletter (February 2015)

Throughout the year, each edition will have up-to-date information on events involving the school. ZODIAC will be distributed to pupils towards the end of each term / half-term. Parents are advised to take particular note of calendar dates in ZODIAC, as they will supercede dates in the Annual Calendar (which are subject to change).

Jack Leddy Seamus Coleman

First Year pupil, Jack Leddy recently wrote an essay about the person who inspires him most, namely Seamus Coleman, the renowned Killybegs man who plays for Everton FC and Ireland. Jack's English teacher, Ms. Crawford was sufficiently impressed with his work to send the essay to Seamus. Jack was more than surprised several weeks later to receive not only a signed photo from Seamus, but a personal letter. It's definitely worth a read...

Read Seamus Coleman's letter to Jack Leddy (1H)

CCS U14 GAA Team

The U-14 CCS GAA team, the county champions, travelled to the Division 1 National League game in MacCumhaill Park on Saturday night under lights. The 40-strong panel saw a terrific second half comeback by Donegal. Paddy McBrearty, who is only two years out of secondary school, scored some fantastic points from play; Neil Gallagher caught some great high balls and Paddy McGrath was tenacious in his tackling and marking. Our lads will have learned a lot by watching this game. The panel travelled with their manager Mr. James Doherty, Mr John Farren and Mr. Colm Toland. We would like to thank the Third Years who travelled with the lads and helped supervise: Ciaran (JR) Doherty, Lee Harkin and Declan Gill. Well done all round!

DEIS February 2015

DEIS Literacy Awards photo

Students from class TYC and class TYE receiving their certificates of achievement as part of the DEIS Literacy Awards.

Girls Soccer Final 2015

Girls Soccer 2014/15 photos

What a week! Two Ulster titles in the bag and both won from two goals down. The resilience of both teams is second to none. I am very proud of everything that we have achieved this year and believe we can progress to the All-Ireland Finals over the next two weeks. I know I told the girls that I would not be worried if we went two down in any of the finals, but I didn't think they would take it literally. Well done ladies! More of the same in the semi finals...Mr. Sam Bogan

Open Night 2015

Open Night 2015 photo album

Fourth Year Fundraising

Fourth Year Fundraising Raffle photos

Congratulations to Mrs. Majella Doherty on winning the Fourth Year Fundraising Raffle on Friday, 16th January. Her prize was a personalised cake, presented to her by Mrs. Caroline Gallagher's Home Economics class.

Tractor Run 2015

Tractor Run photos / video

On Sunday, 11th January, thirty-six tractors of various sizes and vintages took over the school carpark for the 2015 Tractor Run. The event was organised and coordinated by 5th Year pupils, Eamonn Harkin and Luke McCarron. The convoy left the school at 11.30am, and after a tour of south Inishowen reconvened at CCS for the tae! Many thanks to everyone who supported or took part in the tour, and a special thanks to Eamonn and Luke who managed proceedings on the day.

Stephen McLaughlin JunkKouturePast-pupil and Junk Kouture prizewinner, Stephen McLaughlin will be on the other side of Junk Kouture proceedings in March when he takes his seat among the judges in the southern regional final in Limerick. Elizabeth Curran, co-founder of Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture has said, 'We are delighted to announce Stephen as a judge for the southern regional final this year. He will bring his unrivalled knowledge of fashion to the competition, which we feel guarantees an admirable judging panel for teenagers entering the competition this year.'

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St Vincent De Paul 2014

Class 3B St. Vincent de Paul Appeal photo

Well done to 3B Religion Class who made donations of food, cash and vcouchers for the St. Vincent de Paul Appeal in the Inishowen Area. Big thanks to all involved.

Cloughjordan House Trip 2014

Cloughjordan House Cookery School Trip (4th Year) photo album

On Thursday, 4th December, Fourth Year Home Economics students made their first visit to Cloughjordan House Cookery School in Co Tipperary. The students had a hands-on 1-day program to investigate assignment 3, 4 and 5 of their Leaving Cert. course, on the topics of Afternoon-tea, Sugar and Food-processors. After an overnight stay in Thurles, the students arrived to the cookery school very early on Friday morning. They were welcomed with hot chocolate and homemade biscuit cake. 

An intensive day of food preparation and cookery began. Work started on the investigation of food processors and the use of the various machines to prepare a variety of soups and scones. Macaron making was the skill investigated for the Afternoon-tea assignment - a new and interesting technique for all of the students. The final dish of the day was "high sugar" honeycomb. We couldn't quite decide if it was cookery or a science experiment...However, the result was amazing! All of the assignments were discussed, investigated and evaluated, and of course tasters of all products were prepared. The day at Cloughjordan was excellent and the students had a wonderful curriculum day, experiencing and learning so much. Hopefully this is one to repeat another year.

National Craft Fair 2014

National Craft Fair Trip (2nd Year) photos

On Thursday, 4th December, Second Year students made what has become the annual trip to The National Craft Fair in the RDS in Dublin. The Fair is a great source of inspiration to the students as they commence their textile craft project. The craft project accounts for 15% of the total Junior Cert. mark. A total of 70 students attended the Fair, accompanied by Ms. McKeown, Ms Gallagher, Ms. Doherty and Ms. Faulkner. As always, the trip was a huge success. What a great group of students! Well done to all concerned.

Maths Achievement 2014

Patrick McKenna (4E) and James Monagle (TY) were recently identified by the State Examinations Commission as high achievers in Higher Level Mathematics in the 2014 Junior Cert. Examination. The students are pictured receiving notification of this award from Mr. Owen McConway (Deputy Principal). We would like to congratulate both the students and their Junior Cert. Maths teacher, Mr. Michael O'Kane, for this notable achievement.

U14 GAA Donegal 2104

U14 Boys GAA Donegal Final photo album

The gates at The Centre of Excellence in Convoy were locked when the CCS bus pulled up. Was this an omen? Were Carn to be denied an underage title for another year? Mr James Doherty had been nervous on the journey up but this delay seemed to add to his apprehension. Would his chance of winning a title in his first campaign in the school be delayed by a locked gate?

The game started twenty minutes late and the CCS boys were first to score; a lovely flowing move, finished with a point from midfielder Lee McLaughlin. Glenties levelled almost immediately. Sean O'Neill got the next point from play, drifting in from the right. Johnny Toye added a nice point midway through the first half. Sean O'Neill was fouled on a number of occasions and from one of the resultant frees CCS got their first goal. Kieran Farren kicked into the face of a lethal hail shower (a cold front from the Atlantic crossing Donegal!) and his shot seemed to be drifting wide. Jack (Lackin) Doherty raced in at the back post and bravely punched the ball to the net, colliding with the post in the process. Thankfully, no damage was done to the post! Kieran's next free drifted over. Carn now had a commanding lead and goal poacher supreme, Darragh Lafferty got in on the act after another Farren free rebounded off the crossbar in to his path and he punched it home confidently. A goalkeeping mistake gifted O'Neill a third CCS goal before half time. Glenties added two more points to leave the half time score Carndonagh Comm. 3-4 Glenties Comp. 0-3.

Read more: U14s Boys Impress in Donegal Decider

Lifeline Inishowen Balloon Release 2014

Lifeline Inishowen CCS Balloon Release photos

Lifeline (Inishowen) Domestic Violence Service provides a community response offering a first step to support women and children in Inishowen who are experiencing domestic violence. On Monday, 1st December, Transition Year pupils under the guidance of Mrs. Elaine Meehan, Mr. Danny O'Donnell and LDVS representative Mary Doherty, released balloons in solidarity with victims of domestic violence while also raising awareness of Lifeline Inishowen.

PWC Trip Mrs Harkin

Mrs Harkin's 5th Year students pictured on their recent trip to PriceWaterhouseCooper's in Belfast (21st November).

PWC Trip photo album

Throughout the day the students worked on enhancing their employability skills. In the morning the students took part in a group presentation on commercial awareness. In the afternoon they got a tour of the office and carried out psychometric testing. They then got a chance to talk to fellow students working for PWC about the different ways of working for the company. The day was finished off with a visit to the Christmas Markets. A big thank you must go to Mrs Serena Doherty who accompanied us on our trip!

Book Drive 2014

A massive thank you to all the pupils, parents and staff who contributed to the November Book Drive. The display cabinet can barely handle the collection, which has brought the Reading Corner in the library to a new level. Don't be surprised if the Book Drive becomes an annual event. Many thanks to Ms. Crawford who planned the whole thing!

TY SHARE November 2014

TY SHARE Residential (November) photo album

105 TYs had an absolute blast on SHARE from Wednesday 19th to Friday 21st November. Activities included canoeing, banana boat trips, wall-climbing, archery, tag laser, mountain biking, fusbol...say nothing of Wii dance exhibitions, dish washing, table setting and hoovering!!! Worryingly, animal sounds were heard in the main building on the first night but it turns out it was just the very talented Javier! Roll on May and the next residential!! (IMPORTANT NOTE FOR FUTURE RESIDENTIALS: When cooking pizza, it is critical that the packaging is removed first.)

TY Literacy 2014

DEIS Literacy Programme photo album

First Years and Transition Years were recently rewarded by Mr. John C. Doherty for their involvement in the Literacy Programme. The eager readers were presented with certificates to acknowledge their outstanding efforts. Well done to all pupils involved.

4LCA Boys 2014

In early November, Fourth Year LCA boys were introduced to the Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Programme (HELP). Through the programme, the boys have been studying the finer details of maintaining a healthy diet, while picking up some culinary skills in the process. Food isn't just about eating. Food choices, preparation and dietry planning are key ingredients. Programme Co-ordinator, Donnacha Gallagher is proof positive of the advanteges of a healthy lifestyle. You only have to look at his point-scoring exploits against Malin in the Championship...

4LCA Healthy Eating photos

A few lucky pupils were today treated to an afternoon of pampering in the school salon, courtesy of two of last year's LCA girls, Marie Crumlish and Linda Coffey, now studying Hair & Beauty in Derry. The pupils were introduced to some industry techniques and will certainly benefit from the higher level expertise.

5LCA Hair & Beauty Mentoring photos

Sinead Farren Scholarship 2014

Sinéad Farren All-Ireland Scholarship photo

Sinéad Farren, from Glengad, is the daughter of Danny and Janet, and has one older brother, Declan. Sinéad attended Carndonagh CS and thoroughly enjoyed her five years. Sinéad is currently studying BSc Honours International Business with Spanish at Queen's University Belfast. She hopes to pursue a career in business and believes that the international aspect of the course will greatly add to her employment prospects. A keen sportswoman, Sinéad enjoys swimming and cycling and has recently completed the National Beach Lifeguard Certificate. She enjoys travelling and immersing herself in the language and culture of other countries, particularly Spain. Irish language and culture are also very important to her and last year she was awarded a three week scholarship to stay in the Gaeltacht area of Donegal. Sinéad and her family were delighted to learn that she had received an All-Ireland Scholarship. Sinéad feels that this is a great honour and that it will be a major help with her studies.

SeniorBoys Donegal League Winners 2014

Back row: Aaron McCarron, Darragh Folan, Christopher McLaughlin, Leonard Hegarty, Brandon Browne, Matthew Cavanagh, Mark Doherty and Martin Fiorentini.
Front row: Cathal Farren, Ben Lafferty, Peter Doherty, Josh Lafferty, Diarmuid Moyne, Declan McLaughlin and Sam Todd. (Not in photo: Aidan Friel, Kevin McLaughlin)

Senior Boys Soccer Team - Donegal League Winners 2014 (photo)

Congratulations to the Senior Boys soccer team who won the Donegal League Final 3-0 against Rosses on Tuesday, 11th November. While Aidan Friel and Brandon Browne (2) were goalscorers on the day, it was overall a great team performance. A special mention goes to Cathal Farren who was out standing during the game!

Suile Na nOg 2014

Súile na nÓg Exhibition 2014 photos

Congratulations to the Junior Cert. Art pupils whose work was selected for the Súile na nÓg Exhibition in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny (October). Olivia McColgan (TY) won the prize for best Ordinary Level project. The exhibition celebrates the work of Junior Certificate art students from around County Donegal and is organised by the Donegal Art Teachers Association.

Jaen Spanish Exchange 2014

Exchange Trip to Jaén (October 2014) photo album

On Saturday, 18th October, a group of twenty pupils and two teachers jetted off to beautiful Jaén in the south of Spain to complete phase two of the annual Spanish Exchange Programme. Those on tour had a fantastic time, enjoying soaring temperatures all week. There were plenty of cultural experiences along the way. The pupils experienced a first hand insight into the reality of Spanish life for young people. The attended classes daily and also spent time with their host families, sampling culinary delights and making lots of new friends. The group of pupils involved were excellent ambassadors for the school, their families and the local community. Well done everyone!

Maths Olympiad 2014

Congratulations to Patrick McKenna (Class 4E, pictured left) who placed 7th at the All-Ireland Maths and Science Olympiad in UCD 1st November, earning a bronze medal. Patrick is now on a reserve list to represent Ireland at the World Junior Science Olympics in Argentina.

Business Studies Quiz

On Wednesday, 15th October, two teams of four students took part in the Regional Business Studies Quiz in Letterkenny. Sarah Monagle, Diane McGilloway, Oisin Bowyer an Darragh McKinley finished third overall. They each received a goody-bag and a €25 iTunes voucher. They will go on to represent the school in Dublin at the National competition in April. Well done folks!

CCS XC 2014

Donegal Schools Cross-country Championships photo album

CCS Cross-country Trials (Boys) photo album

Individual and Team Success for CCS at Donegal Schools Cross-country
CCS had a prolific day at the Donegal Schools Cross-country Championships on Friday, 17th October in Bunbeg, Gweedore. An impressive total of two individual medals and four team medals were brought back to Carn on what was an ideal day for cross-country racing.

Read more: Success at Donegal Schools Cross-country Championships

U16 Rugby Blitz 2014

The U16s Rugby team travelled to Letterkenny on Thursday, 9th October to play in the regional blitz for Pollock Cup Finals qualification.

Six schools from around Donegal were represented and each school played five games. CCS played St. Eunan's in the first game - a fast encounter with both sides showing good retention of the ball. Strong tackling from William Callaghan TYB on St. Eunan's No. 12 prevented a sure try and the game ended in a draw. The second game was against Magh Ena and the CCS lads proved to be much stronger, winning 10-0 with tries from Daniel Marzan TYB and Enda Callaghan 4H. 

Read more: U16s Excel at Donegal Rugby Blitz

Senior Girls GAA 2014

The Senior GAA girls took to the field for the first time this season on Friday, 17th November, recording a massive victory over Coláiste Ailigh. Ailigh admittedly arrived with a skeleton squad, but that shouldn't take away from CCS, who fought hard for the ball and turned defence into attack with every possession. Final score 8-15 to 1-3. Were Ailigh to have fielded a full strength team, the scoreline would almost certainly have been much closer. But the Senior girls have worked hard to reach this level. While tougher challenges lie ahead, the signs are good that the 2014/15 season could be one of the most competitive in years.

CCS v Coláiste Ailigh Senior Girls photo album

Spanish Exchange 2014

Spanish Exchange 2014 photo album

With a return trip to Spain imminent, we look back at the Spanish Exchange visit to CCS. Our friends from Jaén in the south of Spain joined us for a week in September and it was a fantastic experience for all involved! The exchange group spent the week in glorious sunshine, exploring all the wonders of beautiful Inishowen and Donegal, with trips to Derry and Belfast included in the programme. The farewell on Saturday morning was a very emotional one for all of the students :( The pupils and staff involved are very much looking forward to phase II of the programme next week, when they will join their "amigos Españoles" again in sunny Spain!

CCS Gweedore U16

CCS v Gweedore U16 GAA photo album

CCS 5-8 v 0-10 Gweedore

Match report to follow...

CCS Gweedore U14 GAA

CCS v Gweedore U14 GAA photo album

The U14 GAA boys got their campaign off to a flying start with an emphatic 5-18 to 2-3 victory over Gweedore. It was also a personal triumph for Mr. James Doherty who was making his managerial debut (Jim McGuinness mark 2?) Lee McLaughlin (1-3) and Conor O'Donnell (1-0) lorded it at midfield. Johnny Toye (2-3) was impressive at full forward and the defence was well marshalled by Jack Doherty. The large numbers attending training helps keep everybody on their toes and we hope this panel can at least do as well as last year's lads who lost in the County Final. Keep her lit lads!

Dr. Peter Klimley Sharks

Dr. Peter Klimley "Shark Talk" photo album

On Wednesday, 1st October, Transition Years were treated to a real shark tale! Dr. Pete Klimley, Professor at the University of California and world-renowned shark expert, held a "shark talk" in the Áras. Dr. Klimley gave a brilliant overview of the life of sharks, exhibited jaws of different species and demonstrated techniques used to monitor shark activitiy and behaviour. The TYs and staff in attendance were intrigued by extraordinary accounts of his research adventures, from the Sea of Cortez, to the Galapagos, to Donegal. Dr. Klimley is credited with developed "free diving" with sharks, which the animals are more comfortable with. He has also, on occasion, "dressed-up" as a killer whale to get sharks to react aggressively - a risky but rewarding strategy! Dr. Pete was assisted on the day by Emmett Johnson, Inishowen Wildlife Ranger and expert on basking sharks, and Donal Griffin, Irish Basking Shark Group and PhD student in Marine Biology. Donal gave a talk about the great marine life we have on our door step. Also on board was Heather Vance, Marine Biologist at QUB. Chris Visosky represented the US Embassy (Dublin). The embassy funded Dr. Pete's and the Irish Basking Shark Group's visit to CCS. The school would like to thank Dr. Pete, members of the Irish Wildlife and Irish Basking Shark Group, Queen's University Belfast and the US Embassy (Dublin) for bringing a fantastic production to CCS. Jaws the movie has well and truly been blown out of the water!

DEARThis year the DEAR program in CCS will be different. It will happen every week, but on different days and at different times each week. The day before, an announcement will remind everyone to have their reading materials for the following day. Please join in!

pdf"Drop Everything & Read" Roster

Tony Mangan Visits CCS

Dubliner, Tony Mangan is not yet a household name, but his remarkable running exploits are certainly worthy of renown. Four years ago, Tony set out to fulfil a lifelong circumnavigate the world on foot! On 13th September, he formally realised that goal on returning to Dublin having run, jogged and limped just over 49,400km around the planet. He is now on a celebratory jog around Ireland, and will finish his extraordinary journey at the finish line of the Dublin Marathon, 27th October. Tony intends his last step to be 50,000km all in. On Tuesday, 23rd September, Tony called into CCS and recounted some of his adventure to pupils in P.E. class. His story reads like a work of epic fiction, but every page is painfully true! Follow his progress in real time at

Tony Mangan World Jog (CCS photos)

Donegal 4 Sam 2014

CCS Dún na nGall 4 Sam (video & photos)

In 2012, eleven hundered pupils and staff at Carndonagh CS sent a flash-mob style message to Jimmy & Co. to take Sam home...It worked! So this year we've done it again. CCS wishes the Donegal Seniors and Minors all the best as they attempt to do an epic double on Final Sunday. DÚN NA nGALL ABÚ ABÚ!!!

Fifth Year Formal 2014

Formal 2014 Photo Album (to be completed eventually...)

Dun Na nGall Abu

5GH LCA Dún na nGall sign (photo)

5GH LCA have been gearing up for the All-Ireland Final this week, resulting in the eye-catching Dún na nGall Abú sign outside the Third Corridor. Under the guidance of Mr. Michael Doherty, each pupil was responsible for crafting a letter. Staff have already commented that the quality and craftsmanship of the sign would be worth a few quid! While it is hoped that this particular sign will be up every September, the lads have suggested that they may be taking orders in future...

Six Nations Trophy Carndonagh Community School

The Six Nations Trophty along with two Irish International players will be visiting CCS on Wednesday, 3rd September. The visit will include a light training session followed by a "questions & answers" session. The players and trophy will arrive at about 1.30pm and will leave at the end of the school day. 

Danny Monagle Donegal Minor GAA

Congratulations to past-pupil and Donegal Minor corner-back, Danny Monagle on a fantastic performance in the All-Ireland Semi-final against Dublin. In a game that could have gone either way, Danny's goalline block towards the end was effectively the difference between victroy and defeat. The All-Ireland Final awaits...

John Doherty 2014

The Annual John Doherty Memorial Walk took place this year in Clonmany, where colleagues, friends and past-pupils of John Doherty walked to the picturesque Glenevin Waterfall. John is remembered as an avid hill-walker who had a great regard for the locality of Inishowen. John is always missed and never forgotten by the ramblers of Carndonagh Community School.

John Doherty Memorial Walk photos

People's Choice Award Project Water

Our CCS "magnificent seven" TY Water Group deserve a big cheer. They are Luke Mc Elroy, Brendan Diver, Chelsea Stevens, Kate Devlin, Jill Scott, Claire Doherty and Hannah Mc Colgan. They won the People’s Choice Award for best project at the finals of the All-Ireland Young Environmentalists Awards (YEA) held on Tuesday, 20th May 2014 in the Mansion House in Dublin. The ceremony was covered by RTÉ with Government ministers, radio celebrities, the Lord Mayor and the Head of ECO-UNESCO all in attendance. Our group were a credit to CCS with great professionalism throughout. Their project showed that, with the exception of added fluoride, tap water in Ireland is just as good a quality as leading brands of bottled waters. It also raised awareness of the large environmental impact of bottled water.

First Year Boys All Ireland Champions 2014

Carndonagh CS  1-0  Calasanctius College
Conor O'Donnell 30'

U14 All-Ireland Soccer Champions 2014!!!....The Photo Album...Lots more photos to follow, along with the match report.

The popular Transition Year Dance Show hits the floor in the Áras on Thursday, 22nd May. Tickets are limited as it's a "one night only" show. Tickets can be purchased from the school - Adults €8; Students €4. Show starts 8pm.  The dance show is a real extravaganza of light and sound, with all Transition Year pupils taking part...Seriously, it's one not to miss it!

TY Dance Show 2014

Fr Kevin McKennaMass in memory of Fr. Kevin McKenna will be held in the school (Áras) on the evening of Tuesday 3rd June at 7.00p.m. Fr. Andy Dolan will officiate.

Fr. McKenna was the principal of Carndonagh Community School from 1973 to 1991. He had been principal of Carndonagh College from 1971 to 1973 prior to the amalgamation of the Convent, College and Vocational secondary schools to form Carndonagh Community School. In 1973 the Community School was established to provide for 840 pupils but the uptake in second level education saw the enrolment increase to 1,600 pupils creating what became at one stage the largest secondary school in Ireland.

Read more: Fr. Kevin McKenna Memorial Mass - Áras on Tuesday, 3rd June at 7pm



Following on from discussions with parents, teachers and Board of Management we are reviewing the running of the 5th year Formal. Last year the school felt that students were exposed to an unacceptable level of danger after they left the teacher-supervised function in the hotel. The 5th Year Formal is run under the CCS name and we would not be fulfilling our duty of care if we do not address this. We cannot run the Formal if the same level of danger is likely. We are asking for your opinion on the conditions, under which, the school will run the 5th Year Formal as an official CCS Function. We will close the Survey on Wednesday evening.

Take Me Out 2014

Many thanks to Emer Sweeney (TY) for the "Take Me Out" photo album.

National Mock Trial 2014

The National Mock Trial Competition photo album

The National Mock Trial Competition was held in the Criminal Courts of Justice on Saturday, 5th April 2014. The team comprised 18 students - 4 barristers/1 solicitor (Emer Sweeney, Mary Doherty, Martin Fiorentini and Brendan Diver), a tipstaff/registrar (Kate Devlin), 1 defendant (Claire Doherty), 5 witnesses (Éimear Toland, Ciaran White, Danielle McLaughlin), one Garda (Shay Rodgers) and one elderly lady, a Mrs Sammy Black (Mary Devlin)! (And of course wee Charlie!) We would like to extend our gratitude to Garda Séan McLaughlin who very kindly lent us his uniform. We won't mention any names, in case we get him into trouble! Oops!!! There were also 3 full-time jurors (Shauna Craig, Claire Friel and Karen Mathews), a court reporter (Ella McDaid), a TV reporter (Hannah McColgan), a court room artist (Aisling O'Kane) and a court room photographer (Aimée Moore). The students owe a huge debt of gratitude to Mr. Donal McGuinness B.L. for his advice and his time on the eve of the competition. Thank you, Donal! All the pupils gave 100% - barristers and witnesses alike! You did us proud!

First Year Boys Soccer 2014

Tuesday, 6th May - Not content with an Ulster Cup, the First Year boys soccer squad have now secured a berth in the All-Ireland First Year Soccer Final. Under the unrivalled mentorship of Mr. Liam Monagle, the lads have steamrolled the opposition so far this season, culminating in a 3-0 victory in the All-Ireland semi-final against Coláiste Rís, Dundalk. The Final will take place on Wednesday, 14th May against either De La Salle College, Waterford or Calasanctius College, Oranmore (Venue TBA). We've watched enough football over the years to avoid complacency...but we dare to dream! 

Junk Kouture 2014

Carndonagh Community School has earned a very good Junk Kouture reputation over several years. But on Friday, 2nd May, CCS hit new heights in the competition. With three entries remaining in the Northern Section of the Grand Final - Tickled by Metallic Glamour, La Fraca and Blonde Ambition - there was always a good chance of a favourable result. But there were scenes of absolute joy among the CCS pupils and staff in attendance when the results were announced. La Fraca 2nd AND......Tickled by Metallic Glamour 1st! The 1-2 result (from four initial entries) was a well deserved seal of approval for a year of hard work and late evenings from the pupils. With that said, high achievement in competitions like Junk Kouture wouldn't be possible without the expert guidance of staff members, and in the case of CCS, take a bow Mrs. Adelle McCallion, Ms. Michelle McGee and Mrs. Pauline McDermott. Huge congratulations to all involved this year. The winning dress, "Tickled by Metallic Glamour", along with Roisin Doherty (Model), Sinead McGonigle and Annemarie Brennan, will feature on the Saturday Night Show (tonight, 3rd May). Junk Kouture 2014 will certainly be a hard act to follow!

Carndonagh Community School Junk Kouture 2014 Entrants
"La Fraca"
- Eimear McLaughlin (Model), Aoife McLaughlin, Annah Lafferty
"Tickled by Metallic Glamour" - Roisin Doherty (Model), Sinead McGonigle, Annemarie Brennan
"Blond Ambition" - Alannah McDaid (Model), Brid Harkin
"Death by Bryars and Branches" - Chloe McLaughlin (Model), Jessica Harkin, Shannon McLaughlin

Girls Rugby Donegal Blitz 2014

Team: Kristen McLaughlin 5B, Kellie McLaughlin 5A, Nicole Kelly 5E, Jodie Diver 5C, Amy Harkin 5F, Roisin Callaghan 3F, Kerry Doherty 5B, Beibhinn Doherty 4C, Scarlett Harkin 4B, Felicity Downes 4A, Aine Kelly 4F, Chloe McLaughlin 4E, Tamara Duffy 3H, Eimear McLaughlin 4F, Sarah Diver 4F, Nicole Gordon 4F, Laura Doherty 4A, Paula McLaughlin 4C, Aislinn Gibbons 4D and Vanessa Devlin 5A.

Girls Rugby - Donegal Blitz photo album

U18 Girls Rugby...Donegal Champions Once Again! (Apologies to the girls and the manager for the LATE press release.) The team travelled to Letterkenny on Friday, 4th April, after short notice of the blitz. Final preparations were made on Wednesday afternoon with a good, fun training session. The girls played Magh Ene College from Bundoran in the first match. For the whole match CCS kept their opponents inside their 22. On three occasions CCS should have scored, but due to ball handling errors and being held up over the line, the match ended 0-0. The players ran very confidently with ball in hand and loved going into contact and tackling.

Read more: U18 Girls Rugby...Donegal Champions Once Again!

The First Year boys soccer panel booked their place in the Ulster Final on Tuesday, 29th April after a convincing 4-1 win against Carrickmacross. The Ulster Final will take place on Friday, 2nd May. Good luck to the boys, and to manager and mentor, Mr. Liam Monagle.

Kevin Higgins Visit

Mayo GAA dual player, Keith Higgins recently visited CCS to offer a training session to boys and girls Gaelic football panels. The initiative was proposed by Bank of Ireland Carndonagh manager, Jimmy Stafford. Many thanks to Keith and Jimmy for the visit.

Keith Higgins Visit photos

Niara Google Doodle

Naiara Abad Sanchez's winning Doodle 4 Google design was selected as winner of her age group (13-15) in the National Doodle4Google Competition. The public selected her design as winner out of the 15 finalists in her category. Naiara was presented with her award at a special prize-giving ceremony in Google's EMEA headquarters in Dublin, 24th March by professional Google doodler, Katy Wu. Naiara was presented with a prize of a Chromebook for herself and her Art teacher, Michelle McGee. The theme of this year's event was 'My Adventure'. Naiara's winning doodle, entitled 'Driven to Abstraction', was inspired by her exchange year in Ireland. Describing her doodle, Naiara said: "to represent my experience I used geometric shapes, bright colours and natural imagery." John Herlihy, head of Google in Ireland, said 2,390 students entered and over 120,000 public votes from people voting for their favourite doodle were recorded this year.

Junk Kouture CCS BoI

Jimmy Stafford, local Bank of Ireland manager, and staff member Imelda Boyle present "Golden Tickets" to the three groups who progressed to the Junk Kouture National Final in Dublin, 2nd May. It must be noted that we're still hoping and waiting on a "wild card" ticket for the fourth group...Bring it on!

Northern Region Final photo album

Monday, 17th March - Word of the Week: Friendship

Monday, 17th March heralds Friendship Week, and CCS is promoting the initiative in association with, and #Up2Us Anti-Bullying.

Watch Your Space

The Topic:

Beginning relationships, focusing on the theme of friendship

The ethos behind Friendship Week is to raise awareness of the vital role of relationships between...
- pupils and pupils
- pupils and staff
- staff and staff
- pupils and parents
- parents and staff combating bullying, respecting diversity, nurturing equality, restoring relationships and creating resilience in our school community.

We are a community school, and the characteristics of community are communication, co-operation and sharing.

Targets for the week:

During this week, pupils would measure their contribution to the sense of community by:

a) checking if their communication is respectful
b) checking if they are cooperating with adults and peers in their lives
c) checking if they are sharing their skills and talents to make their community the best it can be

A playlist of songs associated with friendship is being put together.
Playlist so far...
“Beautiful Day” by U2
“Happy” by Pharrell Williams
“Wake me up before you go go” by Wham
“Rocks Off” the rolling stones
“You're the one that I want” from “Grease"
“Here comes the sun” The Beatles
“What a Wonderful World” Louis Armstrong
“Get Lucky” Daft Punk
“Say Hello” by Gavin James
"It's not Unusual" by Tom Jones
"I feel good" by James Brown
"Hey Ya" by Outcast
"Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel
"Tik Tok" by Kesha

Oisin Bowyer (Webwise Youth Panel) will operate a stand during the week promoting anti-bullying.

CCS  - Communication, Co-operation and Sharing

It is easy to be friendly to those with whom we share values and experiences. It is not as easy to be friendly to those who are outside of our circle or our immediate knowing and especially to those who represent a different point of view or lifestyle. Our legal system outlaws discrimination under the Equal Status Act. This doesn't always prevent people from being harassed because of their Gender, Civil Status, Family Status, Age, Race, Religion, Disability, Sexual Orientation, Membership of the Traveller community.
Why is it important to respect diversity - the difference in people? Everybody needs somebody to watch out for them or stand up for them at some stage in their life. Sometimes we need to stand up for people outside of our immediate comfort zone. by protecting the rights of others we are protecting our own rights.
A great example of why we should respect others is the quotation from Martin Niemöller who opposed the oppression by the Nazis and was imprisoned for his views:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.
What teachers/ staff can do:

- Talk about friendship and related topics in class
- Drop Everything and Read - stories, poems and pictures on the theme of friendship

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MacLarnon Cup CCS

Back row: Mr. Paul Fiorentini (Principal), Tommy Byrne (Malin), Fergal Doherty, Jamie McLaughlin, Tommy O'Sullivan (all Carndonagh), Johnny McLaughlin (Malin), Aaron McCarron (Carndonagh)
Front row: Danny Monagle (Carndonagh), Danny McCarron (Malin), Gary Doherty, Kevin McLaughlin (both Urris), Christopher McLaughlin (Malin)

Carndonagh Community School Principal, Mr. Paul Fiorentini, pictured with members of the Colaistí Inis Eoghan MacLarnon Cup Final panel prior to their departure for the big game. Fergal Doherty (third from left) has the honour of captaining the team. CCS wishes the lads and the team all the best against St. Eunan's on St. Patrick's Day.

American Exchange 2014

Pupils and staff at CCS are eagerly awaiting the arrival of friends from St. Charles, Missouri. The itinerary is ready and the weather has been well warned! For the time being, take a look back at the October trip to St. Charles.  

American Exchange Trip to St. Charles / St. Louis photo album

Lent 2014The season of Lent this year begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5, when millions of people the world over enter into a period of fasting and self-discipline that is unsurpassed at any other time of the year......

pdfRead Message for Lent

Fashion Show 2014

Fashion Show 2014 photo album

Fashion Show Video (Part I)

Many thanks to Audrey Doherty Millinery, Blush, Edel MacBride, Elegance, John Barr (Buncrana), Mimie and Penneys.

Martin Moloney Birdman

What lifelong falconer Martin Moloney doesn't know about birds of prey, nobody knows! On Wednesday, 26th February, Third Year and TY pupils were fortunate enough to receive a class visit from Martin, joined by some of his remarkable feathered friends. The pupils got a brief but eye-opening lesson on birds of prey in Ireland, before getting up close with Rambo the buzzard, Barney the barn owl, and a friendly long-eared owl. Pupils and staff were captivated by the magnificent creatures, with a number of the pupils tentatively taking the opportunity to put the falconer glove on. The exhibition was certainly a valuable experience for the pupils, who might now be a little more inclined to look to the skies above Inishowen. Thanks again to Martin, Rambo, Barney and friend for their visit!

Martin Moloney's Birds of Prey Exhibition photo album

Pope John Paul II Award 2014

Congratulations to Lisa Harkin, Breege McGeoghegan, Eamonn Harkin, Liam McGonigle, Fergal Bradley, Elaine McGonigle, Fiona Fagan, Fiona McCandless and Grace Connor, who received the Pope John Paul II Award at a ceremony in the Millennium Forum on Tuesday, 25th February. The award acknowledges pupil involvement in local parishes and communities. The pupils were joined by Fr. Francis Bradley, Archbishop Charles John Brown (Papal Nuncio) and Bishop Donal McKeown.

The ski trip album will undoubtedly be missing a few faces. It's impossible to get everyone in action on five square miles of mountain. If any pupils would like to add some photos to the Pec pod Sněžkou album, please call in to John Collins in the Library with a memory card or stick. No mobile phones please!

Pec pod Sněžkou photo album

Pec Pod 4

Naiara Google

~ Vote for Naiara's Doodle4Google ~

Spanish Exchange student, Naiara Sanchez Abad's Doodle4Google entry has been selected to go through to the national competition. Public voting kicks-off on Monday, 17th February and closes 10th March. Voting is sure to be frantic in schools throughout the country, so be sure to give Naiara your vote! (Link to follow). The winners will be announced 24th March. Look out for the Doodle4Google voting link which will go online next week...

Matas 18 Today!

Matas18 2On Thursday, 13 February, Matas Tamosaitis got the shock of his life! What was supposed to be a routine call to room 133 turned out to be a big surprise, the like of which Matas hadn't seen before. Matas celebrated his 18th birthday today, and the whole LCA cohort came together to celebrate with him. A feast of food and entertainment was enjoyed by all. The school would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Matas on his big day.

Céilí Mór carndonagh CSCarndonagh CS will host a fundraising Céilí Mór in the Áras on Friday, 7th March, 9pm-12am. Admission is €5, including supper. Music by Martin Doogan.

Ultan Folan China

Ultan Folan (Leaving Cert. 2004) recently visited Carndonagh Community School during a brief stopover in Ireland. Ultan spent last year living and working in China in a little town of 8.5 million people called Shenyang, about 700km from Beijing. Ultan achieved a triple A Grade in Languages in his Leaving Cert. - French, Spanish & Italian. He graduated from the University of Limerick in Law and Accounting in 2008. He lives besides the Jianzhu University and is very happy in China. He got a chance to meet several of his former teachers who were delighted to see him again.

Crampsey Sings for Class TYD

Many thanks to Shunie and Matthew Crampsey who made a duet appearance in CCS on Monday, 10th February, offering a first-rate musical performance to Sarah Brophy, Leah McIntyre and Darragh Gallagher. The father and son duo were more than happy to spare an hour for the pupils, filling the library with a selection of well-known tunes that the pupils couldn't help but sing along to. It was a private gig, though the crowd looking through the library window also enjoyed the show! Thanks again to Shunie and Matthew for the afternoon's entertainment.

MichaelWhiteMAVEN Launch (By Michael White)

My cousin Robert, an Astrophysicist who lectures in Berkeley University California, was involved in a project, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN for short ) mission which was sending a rocket to Mars. We were invited to the launch on the 18th of November 2013. We flew to Orlando, Florida and after getting settled into our hotel we travelled to the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral, where we saw amazing things like one of the backup Saturn 5 rockets - the largest rocket ever built - which sent the Apollo missions into space, and the Atlantis Space Shuttle. At the Space Centre we were also given a briefing about what the MAVEN rocket will do upon its arrival at Mars.

Read more: Mars - The Next Frontier

TY Skating

It's fair to say that the members of staff who accompanied transition years to ice-skating spent two hours with hearts in mouths. But the pupils must be commended for their good behaviour and attention to safety announcements...The "inaugural" trip to Dundonald Ice Bowl on Friday, 24th January was entirely devised and organised by the TY pupils themselves. Well done to the Committee. While there may be some nervy negotiations before any future trips involving 80 pupils on solid ice, the photos suggest that even falling over can be fun......

TY Ice-skating photo album


On Friday, 31st January, seven pupils took part in a one-day workshop in Dublin organised by ECO-UNESCO. The theme of the event was "water". Our pupils learned skills in film-making and acting. The next step for our "water group" is to make their own mini-film.

U17 Girls Soccer - Ulster Champions 2014
It's a grudge match that needs no introduction any day of the week. But when it comes to Ulster Final day between Inishowen's Big Two, things get tense! Girls soccer has been on its way back over the last five or six years; today, it arrived. Final score: CCS 2-0 Moville CC...Girls soccer pundits say that the toughest games are in Ulster, but the girls needn't get complacent; at All-Ireland level, there's no such thing as an easy game. But with Mr. Sam Bogan at the helm, and maybe even a bit of luck, finally...this really could be our year!

Open Night 2014

Open Night 2014 photo album

Mary Dorgan, a Guidance Counsellor at the Institute of Education, offers some key advice for students considering their Leaving Cert. options (including 2 minute video). 

Subject Choice 2014

Man United Trip 2014

Old Trafford Trip photo album

The trip to the Theatre of Dreams, organised by Mr. James Humphries, took place over the weekend of Saturday, 11th January. Twenty-four pupils and four members of staff can say they were there when David Moyes and Man United finally stopped the rot! It wasn't a vintage performance from United (they barely touched the ball in the first half), but they eventually managed to snatch a couple of goals and win 2-0. The kids thoroughly enjoyed their Manchester adventure; although with gales on the Irish Sea, the homeward ferry crossing was a little bit up and down. But the belly aches were a small price to pay for three points in the bag and a guided tour of Old Trafford. Mr. Humphries, Mr. O'Kane, Mrs. McCole and Mr. Collins would like to commend the youngsters on their exemplary behaviour during the weekend. 

Public Speaking 2014

On Monday, 13th January, Transition Year pupils, Siobhán Roddy, Eoghan Ó Ceallaigh, Kate Devlin and Shaun McCreanor earned a place in the North West Regional Final of the Mental Health Ireland Public Speaking Project. The quartet, under the guidance of Ms. Mairead McGettigan and Mr. Brian McLoughlin, won the County Final and will now represent the school in the Regional Final in Sligo on Wednesday, 29th January. Not since 1997 has CCS won the national championship outright, but the signs are good that public speaking is back to its best in the school. Good luck to the team and mentors.

Congratulations to Aileen O’Brien (TYC), Niamh O’Connor (TYA), Brendan Diver (TYB) and Tony Morrisson (TYB) who were presented with a People’s Choice Award in Dublin Castle on 12th December for their Better Together two-minute video - “No Other Choice”. The short dramatisation addresses the difficulties many young people face with regard to sexual orientation, and the impact of society on same-sex couples. The award ceremony will be broadcast on RTÉ Nationwide towards the end of January, including an interview with Aileen, Brendan and Niamh. All four pupils played their part. The storyline was arranged by Aileen and Brendan, who also directed. Aileen edited the final cut. The cast and crew would like to thank everyone who participated, including the school librarian who provided the equipment, and Martin Fiorentini who selected the soundtrack.

Visit for more on our current Comenius project - "Waterworks - European Ways". Click on Santa to see our Comenius Christmas video!


pdfRead the winning 'Word of the Week' stories


'Word of the Week' is a school-wide 'keyword' initiative encouraging pupils to expand their day-to-day vocabulary. Ms. Elaine Farren unveils a new keyword every Monday morning. Teachers display and often use the Word of the Week during lessons. Towards the end of the year, pupils are offered the chance to win prizes by incorporating ALL the words of the week into a story or poem. This year's winners are Oisin Bowyer and Rori Doherty.

TY SHARE November 2013

Ordinarily, it doesn't take three weeks to get over a Transition Year trip to SHARE Activity Centre...but here, finally, are the photos from the residential...

TY Trip to SHARE photo album

LCA Car Maintenance

LCA Car Maintenance photo album

LCA 4G and 4H boys are pictured in the newly constructed school garage. The boys are taking advantage of the business skills they gained during their work experience. As part of their Car Maintenance module, under the expert tutelage of Mr. Michael Doherty, the boys have bought a car which they will repair and put through the NCT test. Hopefully, after weeks of diligent work, the boys will be able to sell the car for a considerable profit. In Mr. Doherty we trust!

Domestic Violence Balloon Release

Transition Year 'Lifeline Inishowen' Balloon Release photo album

On Tuesday, 3rd December, representatives of Lifeline Inishowen, a domestic violence support group, were joined by Transition Year for an awareness balloon release. Lifeline Inishowen Domestic Violence Service provides a community response offering a first step to support women and children in Inishowen who are experiencing domestic violence.

Scholarships 2013

Congratulations to Jessica Doherty and Joey O'Brien, past-pupils of Carndonagh CS, who were awarded third level scholarships in November. Jessica (pictured with An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny) secured a UCD Entrance Scholarship Award; the only pupil from Inishowen to do so. Joey (pictured with Mr. Paul Fiorentini) received the prestigeous JP McManus inspired All-Ireland Scholarship Award. CCS wishes both scholarship recipients, and indeed the entire Class of 2013, all the best as they embark on third level education and the world of work.

webwiseOisin BowyerHello, my name is Oisín Bowyer and I am in Class 2D. I am one of three young people from Donegal on the National Webwise Youth Advisory Panel. Webwise is an initiative run by The Department of Education and Skills to support and educate parents, teachers and young people in the use of internet and new technologies.The youth panel consists of 37 young people aged 12-18 nationwide.

Webwise NoticeboardWe discuss issues like cyber-bullying and how we can try to eradicate and stop cyber-bullying in our schools, youth groups/services and communities.

This year we have chosen to implement an anti cyber-bullying campaign. To launch this campaign I have set up an interactive noticeboard in school. The idea is that students can post anti cyber-bullying messages and slogans on the board using the supplied post-it notes; all you need is a pen at the ready!

You can find the noticeboard in the Mall by the Coffee can't miss it! Feel free to post during the breaks, before 9am and after school ONLY!!

If you have any queries, comments or would like more information, contact me any time at school, or email me direct on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Mr. Jim Woods demonstrates the art of the bodhrán to Class 2H.

Class 2H Bodhrán Initiative photo album

Ms. Farren's 2H class have been making a lot of noise recently. But it's all good! Every Wednesday morning in the library, the pupils have been tipping out the beats on bodhráns they designed and put together themselves. They have been guided by one of Ireland's finest bodhrán players, Mr. Jim Woods. It's impossible to ignore this initiative as the practical element can be heard all the way down the corridor! Mr. Woods agrees that the pupils have been steadily improving. A trad session of some sort is inevitable...

Girls Senior GAA

The senior girls GAA squad have been steadily gathering momentum in Ulster this year, and their team spirit was typified in a quarter-final comeback victory against Our Lady and St. Patrick's College (Belfast) on Monday, 25th November. Four points down with two minutes remaining, a tactical masterstroke by Carn management handed CCS the incentive. Carn blitzed the Belfast girls, scoring two goals and a point at the death to run out eventual three points winners, 6-4 to 1-16. The CCS girls will meet the winners of St. Clare's Ballyjamesduff and St. Michael's Lurgan in the Ulster semi-final. While there's no mention of the "F" word just yet, the girls have at least one big day out ahead of them! The U16 squad take on Magherafelt in Templemore on Friday, 29th November. Good luck to all involved in both games.

Class 3D Courthouse Visit

On Thursday, 24th October, Class 3D visitied the local courthouse for their C.S.P.E Action Project.They were given a talk by Garda Helferty about how the court system operates. It was a very educational experience for all concerned.

Class 3D Courthouse Visit photo album

Senior Girls v Gweedore photo albumSenior Girls GAA 2013

The senior girls Gaelic football team scored a comprehensive victory against Gweedore on Tuesday, 12th November. Although Gweedore were dangerous on the break, CCS took the game to the opposition, scoring three goals during a five-minute blitz to eventually secure victory 6-14 - 3-7.

Allingham Awards 2013

Congratulations to Roisin Callaghan (Class 3F), Michaela Harkin (Class 2A) and Maria Farren (Class 2A) who recently won medals in the Allingham Arts Festival Writing Competition. Maria was placed 2nd and Michaela 3rd in the U13 Short Story section. Roisin was 3rd in the U15 Poetry competition. The girls attended a prizegiving ceremony in Ballyshannon on Sunday, 10th November and their stories and poem will be printed in book-form along with entries from the other shortlisted students. Well done to the girls for an excellent achievement.

We are pleased to say that after nominations and an election, a Student Council was formed and is in operation throughout the school. The Council consists of fifteen students - a boy and a girl from each year and one representative from Sixth Year. The following students were elected:

1st Year: Chloe Smith; Ronan Lafferty
2nd Year: Orla Murray; Thomas Ramsey
3rd Year: Lauren Cregan; Gary McGonigle
4th Year: Ennika McCallion; Aaron Gibbons
LCA: Morgan McBride; Eamonn Harkin

TY: Siobhan Roddy; Danny McCarron
5th Year: Denise Doherty; Odhrán McLaughlin
6th Year: Lauren Moore

The role of the Student Council is to represent the students of Carndonagh Community School and voice their opinions to the school authorities. The council will meet on the second Monday of every month and will discuss issues brought forward by students, liaise with the Principal and try to resolve the issues. If any student has any suggestions, they can be passed on to their class representatives, any member of the Student Council, or placed in the Suggestion Box located in the Technology Building in the school.

Formal 2013 photo album

(Don't see yourself in the album?...Take your photos to the school library and get them online asap...)

Formal 2013

Suile na nOg

Congratulations to the large number of students whose work has been selected for and is currently being exhibited at the 17th Annual Súile Na nÓg Exhibition (run by the Donegal branch of the Art Teachers Association of Ireland) at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny. This exhibition showcases the best examples of Junior Cert work from Donegal secondary schools. Photographed is the CCS group with their Certificates of recognition. Well done to all!

pdfDOWNLOAD Súile na nÓg poster (designed by Aisling O'Kane)

CCS wishes Aoife McLaughlin and Eimear McLaughlin (4th year) all the best this weekend at Belfast Fashion Week! The girls' creation has been selected to represent and promote Junk Kouture in the exciting event at the Museum of Ulster in Belfast on Saturday, 12th October. Good Luck!

Belfast Fashion Week 2013

Inis Dúinn Magazine 1971

The 40th Anniversary Reunion in August 2013 brought together old friends from bygone days, and generally gave alumni at home and abroad the opportunity to touch base with their old school. Besides the people-value of the event, the organisers benefited from an influx of old photos and newspaper clippings. The Reunion archaeology also uncovered a gem in the form of Inis Dúinn 1971 magazine...the original! Organisers of the 30th Anniversary Reunion in 2003 had resigned themselves to the prospect of never laying hands on a copy. But thanks to Mr. Paddy Doherty, the ghost of missing Inis Dúinn 1971 has been exorcised. The set is now complete. The scanning continues...

pdfDOWNLOAD Inis Dúinn 1971

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