6th Year Student Wins Poetry Prize

Congratulations to Chelsea Minihane (6th Year), who has won 3rd Prize in the national PDST ‘Write a Poem’ competition. She will collect her prize at a special ceremony in Dublin on November 7th.

Entrants were asked to think and write about a vivid memory or moment from their childhood and to to consider how a memory can link us emotionally to people or places.

Barley Waves

by Chelsey Minihane

Memories float on a summer breeze,

Deadlines entirely forgotten,

Grandma’s beetle green Seat chugged to life,

Wrapped in a heat haze of blankets

We went in search of barley waves.

 

Cool air tickled my fingers;

Shoulders jerked to her mowtown groove

The car bobbed up and down,

Between bracken, wood and wheat,

Steadily approaching barley waves.

 

The saline air blew chill,

Grass like knives on sandled feet.

Children young and old,

With spades and shovels scattered

Infinite sands with their constructions

Beside barley waves.

 

Sweet suncream spray,

Speckled ladies lie brown in the sun,

Cool sand soothes burned soles

Father finds a brown crab in a pool,

The child overjoyed –

Releases it to the barley waves.

 

Black ringlets, crisp with salt,

Loping up the dunes,

Time for steaming chips

From white plastic punnets

Golden like the sun that refracts

Off the placid sea,

Sinking behind the barley waves.

                                 

3rd Year Parent-Teacher Meeting: New Date

Our 3rd Year Parent-Teacher Meeting, which was postponed due to the recent storm, has been rescheduled for Thursday next, October 26th, 4.15pm to 6.45pm.

Bronze for O’Neill in Taekwon-Do

Congrats to Ciarán O’Neill on winning a BRONZE MEDAL in the World Taekwon-Do Championships last week, and to his brother Matt who also represented Ireland.

Being selected to represent Ireland was a huge honour for both young men and their family, and with 62 countries represented by 1100 competitors at the Championships held in Dublin, Ciarán’s achievement was all the more remarkable.

CCS to Re-Open on Wednesday

CCS will re-open on Wednesday October 18th, with classes running as normal from 9am to 1.15pm.

Weather Warning: School Closure

In view of advice from the National Emergency Co-ordination Committee, CCS will remain CLOSED tomorrow Tuesday 17th. 

Our 3rd year parent teacher meeting has been postponed and will be re scheduled at a later date.

3rd Year Parent-Teacher Meeting

As per the list of important dates issued to all parents/guardians in June, our 3rd Year Parent-Teacher meeting takes place on Tuesday, October 17th. Times are from 4.15pm to 6.45pm.

*Classes end at 3.45pm.

UCC Open Day

The UCC open day takes place non Saturday 14th October from 10am to 3.30 pm.
 
It is vitally important that any students considering going to UCC attend, along with parents/guardians where possible. There will be lectures on all courses, information stands and talks for parents. All students have been given a timetable of events, and more information is available at https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/undergrad/opendays/octoberopenday/

1st Year Enrolment 2018: Closing Date October 12th

Enrolment forms for September 2018 can be collected from the school office between 8.30am and 4.30pm.

Alternatively, click on the links below to download our enrolment information letter and form.

Enrolment Letter 2018

Enrolment Form 2018

Important Dates

Open Day: Thursday September 28th (11.30am-2pm, 6.30pm-8.30pm)

Parent Information Evening: Wednesday October 4th, 7pm at the school

Closing date for receipt of completed enrolment forms: Thursday October 12th, 2017 (4pm)

Places offered: Wednesday November 15th 2017

Closing date for acceptance of places: Friday November 24th 2017

We look forward to welcoming your child to CCS in 2018.

*CCS does not run entrance assessments. Individual parent interviews will be held in mid-May 2-18.

1st Year 2018/2019 Parent Information Night

CCS will hold a parent information night on Wednesday night October 4th at 7pm for parents/guardians of students planning to enter First Year in September 2018. Parents of 5th Class students are also most welcome to attend.

Speakers will include Principal, Paul Burke and members of the First Year induction team, and questions will also be taken on all aspects of the enrolment process and life at CCS.

Enrolment forms for September 2018 can be collected from the school office between 8.30am and 4.30pm and will be available at the information night.

Alternatively, click on the links below to download our enrolment information letter and form.

Enrolment Letter 2018

Enrolment Form 2018

Important Dates

Parent Information Evening: Wednesday October 4th, 7pm at the school

Closing date for receipt of completed enrolment forms: Thursday October 12th, 2017 (4pm)

Places offered: Wednesday November 15th 2017

Closing date for acceptance of places: Friday November 24th 2017

We look forward to welcoming your child to CCS in 2018.

*CCS does not run entrance assessments. Individual parent interviews will be held in mid-May 2-18.

Whole School Evaluation (MLL) Report

Last April, CCS welcomed a team of inspectors from the Department of Education, who carried out a Whole School Evaluation (Management, Leadership & Learning). During their three-day visit they examined many aspects of our school, including meetings with various co-ordinators and others involved in the running of the school, a tour of the school building, meetings with students and visits to classes to observe teaching and learning at CCS. Parents and students completed questionnaires in relation to their experiences of CCS, and the Board of Management also met with the inspectors.

The report has now been reviewed by the Board of Management and published on the Department of Education website. We welcome the inspectors’ very positive feedback, particularly in relation to our comprehensive curriculum, care of students and the quality of teaching and learning in the school.

The inspectors’ findings included the following:

  • The school provides a comprehensive curriculum, which includes subject sampling, to nurture the talents of all students academically, in sport and through other extracurricular activities
  • Supports for students are of very high standard in the inclusive school environment.
  • Overall, the quality of teaching and learning ranged from very good to good (the highest level of evaluation on the inspectors’ rating scale)
  • The Board provides effective leadership of the school and the senior management team presents as energetic, committed to excellence and promotes a culture of improvement and innovation in relation to teaching, learning and assessment
  • The school has engaged in the school planning and self-evaluation process
  • Staff are empowered to undertake leadership roles and lead learning

We look forward to working together with our staff, parents, students and the Board of Management to maintain and build on these positive findings, and to work on implementing the inspectors’ recommendations for the further improvement of our school.

Click here to download the full report.

Here are some of the comments of the inspectors:

“The senior management team presents as energetic, committed to excellence and promotes a culture of improvement and innovation in relation to teaching, learning and assessment.”  

“The school provides a comprehensive curriculum, which includes subject sampling, to nurture the talents of all students academically, in sport and through other extracurricular activities.” 

“Supports for students are of very high standard in the inclusive school environment.” 

“The quality of teaching and learning ranged from very good to good (very good is the highest category assigned by the Inspectorate)” 

“A new senior management team is in place. This team presents as energetic, committed to excellence and quality improvement.”

“Cross-curricular teams have been put in place to lead the areas of literacy, numeracy and technology enhanced learning. Staff engage in a consultative, collaborative process and very effective strategies have been implemented at whole-school level, particularly in relation to literacy and numeracy. This is excellent.” 

“A spirit of volunteerism and staff leadership is central to the school culture and has a significant impact on students’ outcomes and experiences.” 

“Teachers are self-motivated and display an enthusiastic and clear commitment to the school and their students. This is illustrated by staff’s significant willingness to provide a myriad of co-curricular and extracurricular activities for students.” 

“Commendably, open and inclusive student enrolment practices operate in the school.” 

“Management and staff are committed to the holistic development and achievement of the full potential of each student. The school provides a comprehensive, balanced and inclusive curriculum to nurture the talents of all students academically, in sport and in other extracurricular activities. The curriculum includes the widest range of subjects offered within all available programmes.” 

“The operation of a subject-sampling system in first year and in TY is commended as it facilitates informed subject choice.”

“Subject options selection procedures demonstrate best practice. Very good guidance and support systems assist students as they make subject choices.” 

“Commendably, a comprehensive TY programme, which incorporates core, modular and calendar events, assists in furthering students’ holistic development.” 

“Significant care is given to provision for students with special educational needs (SEN). The coordinators of both SEN and the resource centre demonstrate significant commitment to their work and endeavour to ensure that the needs of their students are met, as do the core team and special needs assistants (SNAs).” 

“Responses from questionnaires completed during the evaluation indicate that Carrigaline Community School is a caring, friendly place, in which its core values are being implemented well in the day-today life of the school.” 

“A wide range of care structures and interventions support student welfare. These include the very effective student support team which leads this valuable provision.” 

“The majority of students surveyed said they feel safe and cared for in the school.” 

“A whole-school approach to student support is evident.”

 

 

 

 

“Excellent support is provided for students and parents during transitions. This includes a strong induction process, and a student mentoring system.” (WSE-MLL Report, 2017)

 

“The school understands the diversity of its population and promotes positive mental health through its Amber Flag activities.” (WSE-MLL Report, 2017)

 

 

 

“The school is very well maintained and its up-to-date facilities, which includes a significant extension, provide a very positive learning environment for students.” (WSE-MLL Report, 2017)

 

 

“All lessons were conducted in a classroom environment which was focused on the care of students and very good relationships were evident between teachers and students. This sense of community and care was also evident between students on corridors between lessons. Student behaviour was very good.” (WSE-MLL Report, 2017)

 

 

 

“The school corridors present as a powerful reinforcement of the school’s identity as a united community of learners. Corridors feature artwork and displays which are current, attractive and provide a strong sense of community identity.” (WSE-MLL Report, 2017)