Monthly Archives: May 2011

Read a Book this Summer

Letter to Parents / Guardians

Dear Parents/Guardians,

In an effort to promote reading among our students at Carrigaline Community School, we are recommending a book list for current students entering 2nd year in August ’11.

As you are aware students who read regularly have improved ability in written work.  This is of benefit to their performance in all subjects where a written element is important.  Also they are developing a worthwhile habit which will sustain them throughout life.

With the many distractions of social networking, computer games and television, young people nowadays often ignore the pleasures of reading a book. We hope that by bringing this list to the attention of your son/daughter, you may be able to encourage them to read over the summer holidays.  The local library or bookshop is also a valuable resource and will be happy to help with book choices.


The English Department

Carrigaline Community School

Recommended Reading 1st/2nd/3rd Year


First Prize at Scratch Programming National Final 2011

Congratulations to Abdullah Mohammad and Fiachra Hurley, 4th Year, whose game ‘Mem Your Mind’ won first prize at the Scratch Programming National Final in Dublin last Saturday 21st May. Abdullah was also awarded 2nd prize in the Animation section of the competition for his animation ‘Shark and Dog’. Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web. The final took place at the Institute of Technology, Tallaght where the students had to present their projects to 3 judges. The competition is sponsored by the Irish Computer Society. Below are some images from the day.

1st Year Fun with Bodyboarding

A group of 1st Year students, together with 5 teachers, had a really fun day on the 13th April on a trip to Garrettstown to take part in bodyboarding. Originally the group had planned to take part in a coasteering activity but due to weather conditions they decided to opt for bodyboarding instead.

Great fun was had by all and the huge waves added to the excitement.

All Ireland Basketball Tournament May 2011

The First Year girls’ basketball team at CCS had great success in the recent All Ireland Basketball Tournament. The girls were very excited having won the First Year ‘A’ Regional Final in Neptune Stadium, Cork recently. After this achievement they were thrilled to be going to the All Ireland Finals at University of Limerick last week.

On Saturday 7th May the girls played against St. Josephs Castleisland, Co. Kerry and Loretto, Beaufort, Co. Dublin. On Sunday they played Holy Faith, Dublin, St. Pauls, Galway and Oranmore, Galway. They reached the semi-finals of the competition, a wonderful achievement, and were presented with their bronze medals on the day. Well done to all involved and a special word of thanks to Mr. Marshall, Mr. Gargan, Ms. Buttimer and Ms. Crean for their support.

Scratch Programming Certificates 2011

Well Done to all 4th Year students who received a certificate having participated in the Scratch programme ‘Having Fun with Computer Programming and Games’.

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web.

As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

Congratulations also to Abdullah Mohammad and Fiachra Hurley 4th Year whose game entitled ‘Mem Your Mind’ has qualified for the national finals of the Scratch Programming competition at IT Tallaght next Saturday 21st May. Abdullah’s animation project ‘Shark and Dog’ has also qualified for the competition.

Well done to the other students from Transition Year, Paige O’Callaghan, Evelyn Harrington, Ryan O’Donoghue, Cassie O’Connell, Kelly O’Brien, Amy Maye, Christine Baldwin and Samantha Torley who also submitted projects for the competition.

Below are some of the students who received their certificates:

Transition Year Sports Day 2011

One of the 4th year Enterprise classes organised a Sports Morning  for all Transiton Years on the 12th of May last. Great fun was had by all and students worked really well in teams. Thanks to Ms. Kelleher for all her help and support.