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Christmas Card Competition Winners

Christmas Card Winners 2017

Congratulations and Well Done to the five winners of our Christmas Card Competition:

Valerie Grant 1G
Jennifer Doherty 1G
Aoibhín Nolan 1C
Grainne Crawley 2E
Katie Wilson 2G

Students were invited to design a Christmas Card, with the winning entries printed professionally and sold at the TY Christmas Craft Fayre. We had some fantastic entries but eventually managed to narrow it down to our five winners! Thank you to everyone who entered!

"Sold Out" Success for Christmas Craft Fayre

Christmas Craft Fayre 2017Christmas Craft Fayre 2017 photo album

Bobbles, Christmas jumpers, hot chocolate and wooden snowmen and 120 energetic and enthused TY's...what else could it be but the now traditional TY Christmas Craft Fayre. Friday 1st December saw a large throng of eager Christmas shoppers descend on The Aras where they were greeted by a gargantuan glittering display of all things Yuletide. It didn't take long for the various locally produced (CCS) products to disappear off the stands and into bags to make their way to decorate the homes of Inishowen. By the end of the school day stocks were clearly running low as was evident by the empty tables and perhaps more importantly by the look of sheer (Christmas) joy on the tired TY faces. Many people commented on not only the quality of the items but also on the quality of the sales teams and the almost electric atmosphere throughout the day.

Thanks to everyone who supported the TY Craft Fayre in any way and especially to our ever helpful caretakers. The day was a resounding success once again thanks to the efforts, perseverance and imagination of the TY students who were ably assisted by their Enterprise teachers...Elaine Mc Goldrick, Emma Doherty, Lynn Mc Gowan, Niall Havlin and Mary Harkin. Dragon's Den and The Apprentice wouldn't get a look in! Well done everyone!

Christmas Craft Fayre 2017 photo album

TY Trip to Go-Quest Dublin

Go Quest Dublin

TY Go Quest Dublin photo album

On Thursday, 12th October all TYs had an early start to Dublin - every student on the bus by 7.45am – IMPRESSED!...Off to the Go Quest Challenge Zone they went. No major incidents on the way down (ok, apart from the downing of two bottles of some sugary drink…and you know what follows. Bus had to stop, student had to get off. Bus delayed for 15 mins.). On arrival at the Challenge Zone the students were put into teams and the teachers, aka “THE PROFESSIONALS”, formed their own team. The 28 challenge rooms were a mix of light physical, skill and mental challenges with three levels of difficulty. Room one and the teachers had brain-freeze and unfortunately never got time to recover. Well done to the 'Donegal Donkey Sanctuary' who claimed the top points. The students displayed impeccable behaviour and enthusiasm on the day.

TY Simon Community Awareness

Simon Community Talk

TY Simon Community Awareness photo album

Can you imagine how you could end up homeless; the course your life might take to find yourself without a roof over your head? But what if you lost your wife, your husband, your child? What if your business had to close down or you lost your job? What if your rent supplement was cut and you couldn’t stay in your home? What if you suffered from a mental illness or an addiction?

At Simon, these are the stories we hear every day. Homelessness is not as far away as people may think, especially in these tough and uncertain times. It really can happen to anyone. It is never a choice.

North West Simon Community is a not for profit organisation working to prevent and address homelessness in counties Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal.

Collette Ferguson from the North West Simon Community delivered a presentation to the Students on the work of the Simon Community. As a follow-up, the students had a “Sleep-In“ on Friday 13th in the Aras. Mr. Havlin was on night duty and claims he never closed an eye!!!!! So, who was snoring???? The rules: only bring a sleeping bag. Ms. Fiona Mc Laughlin felt she could adjust the rules slightly, bringing along a duvet, pillow and hot water bottle. Mr. Mc Donagh was in hiding after 3am. No sightings reported after that time. Strange! It was a fantastic night and only one word to describe the students - AMAZING.

Staff (and Friends) v TY GAA Match

Anita Doherty Spin

Staff v TY GAA Match photo album

The TYs started with a strong side. Shaun McCarron caused trouble for the ageing legs of the teachers. Luke Davy was a standout player in the first half. Sam Bogan played very well for the teachers and held the ball well. The teachers got off to an early lead. However, as the game continued, they began to drop off the pace as their fitness was tested. Going in at half-time, the TYs looked better despite being quite far behind.

At half-time, I talked to David McGonigle who said “We are unstoppable going forward. However, it’s the simple things we’re messing up. I think we have a chance to win this game. It’s there for the taking!” I asked him, “Are there any leaders in this team?” “Yes…I am!”, he said. “I inspire everyone around me.” (He was subbed at half-time.) He noted that the standout players in the first half were Robert Mullally, Tony Meehan and Adam McFeely.

As the second half started, the TYs looked better with Shane Owen causing trouble. As a corner-forward, he instantly scored a goal, followed by a point. The supporters behind the goal sang “Shane Owen’s on fire…Your defence is petrified!” He continued to cause mayhem. His teammates had this to say…”He’s a legend!”…“It’s simple math. Give the ball to Shane and he will score.” (Meanwhile…) The game ended with the teachers winning; Sam Bogan scored one final goal to add to his tally, ensuring that he walked away with the Top Goalscorer Award. His final goal came from David McGonigle giving the ball away. David really let his team down with that one. (Never mind the fact that the Teachers were leading by about 25 points at that stage…) If the game would have lasted just a little bit longer, there’s no doubt in my mind that the TYs would have won. You have to keep in mind that the Teachers couldn’t put forward a full team and had to use senior pupils. The TY pupils ran to Shane Owen after the final whistle and lifted him high above their heads, as he is a true force of nature. I asked him for a few words after the game, but he said he didn't want to talk about it...Hero!

– Paul Shiels, TYA

New York Mock Trial - Help Put CCS on Trial with GO FUND ME...

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Help Carndonagh Community School defend Ireland’s honour...

When the Carndonagh Community School (CCS) mock trial team competed in the National competition, they were very much the underdogs. The CCS team overcame overwhelming odds to qualify to represent Ireland in the World Mock Trial Championships in New York. It was both an incredible achievement and an honour for a team of students from a disadvantaged area to beat many of the favourites who had a track record in the competition. These students started with a dream and put in the many hard hours in preparation for the competition, in doing so, they have realised the first part of that dream, namely winning the right to represent their country. The second part is to represent Ireland in New York on the world stage.

The cost of sending the team to New York to compete is €38 000. Unfortunately there is no official funding available that we can access to allow these students compete on the world stage. If we reach this target with your help you will be enabling a team of students from a disadvantaged area to engage in a once in a life time experience.

This is a competition that helps students to think critically, communicate clearly and collaborate effectively. This competition takes learning outside the classroom and builds confidence, creates better advocates while equipping students with the skills that will set them apart from their peers and enable them to succeed in any future career path. Your generosity will provide the vehicle that encourages intellectual growth and cultural enrichment among this cohort. Please help our students realise their dream and develop the skills to become effective, confident, leaders of the future. Your generosity will help educate the next generation and by following your example encourage a spirit of philanthropy in them.

For some of our students this is their first opportunity to experience another country and another culture. The students involved in the programme are Daniel Mc Cormick, Ellen Simmons, Adam Mullins, Brigid Doherty, Aidan Doherty, Aisling McCarron. Nathan Crumlish, Shaun Hirrell, Danielle Houghton, Kate Hunter, Ciara McGonagle, Rori Doherty, Ellen Keys, Chantelle McLaughlin, Evan McLaughlin, Ben Nelson, Aimee Donaghy, Jordan Doherty.

This team has done its school proud, its community proud with your help you can afford them the opportunity to do the nation proud. Competition in New York will not be possible without your generous support please donate in support of our Mock Trial team.

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