Launch of Magenta Principles Ireland

On Wed 14th November, the school was privileged to host the launch of the new book "Magenta Principles Ireland" by the world leading educationalist Mike Hughes, whose work is at the cutting edge of educational thinking.

The Magenta Principles is an approach to teaching based on the premise that learning should be both exciting and engaging.

It is underpinned by the belief that:

  • Learning is the consequence of thinking…. Therefore we need to get students to think
  • Language is central to thinking….Therefore we need to get students to talk about their thinking
  • Learning is an active process…Therefore we need to students doing by being active leaders of their learning


Over the past few years many teachers here at Castlecomer have received training in incorporating these principles into their lessons, and the whole school is benefitting as a result.  In this new book there are multile examples of excellent teaching that were contributed to the book by teachers in CCS.

We were delighted to have the author present for the launch, as well as representatives from the NAPD, the County Council, the Board of Management and Parent's Council among others, as well as live broadcasts by KCLR and interviews for the Kilkenny People.

The principal Mr. O'Connor then presented Mr. Hughes with a Kilkenny jersey and a hurley signed by Henry Shefflin as a souvenir of his visit to Castlecomer.

Click on the photo below to view some photos of the day.


Magenta Day Nov 14th 2018


Open Day 2018-19

We had a fantastic day in CCS on Tuesday when we welcomed nearly 300 5th and 6th class students from our feeder schools and beyond to experience a day in the the school. On arrival at the school they were brought on a tour of the building and grounds by TY students and then experienced 4 lessons from a range of subjects such as metalwork, home economics, science, french. music , business, religion, woodwork, PE and art.  The students were fed at break and lunch and brought back to their primary school at about 2 o'clock, all very excited about the prospect of coming to school in Castlecomer Community.


Click on the picture below to view more photos of the day.



Open Day 2018


Castlecomer Community School launched its new running track on the 10th of March 2015.

The school has invested €530,000 in completely renovating its sporting facilities (the bottom pitch, top pitch, running track and upper basketball/tennis courts).  A new gym and changing rooms have also been built.  However, the school needs to raise over €100,000 more to pay for the fitting out of the building.  When all renovations are finished an estimated €650,000 will have been invested in the buildings and pitch/track reconstructions.

On the 10th of March the school launched its final phase of the development with some staff and student races and a lot of fun.

After the Whole School Evaluation last October, the final report hads arrived and is available to read here. I am sure you will agree that it shows the excellent work being done by everyone involved in our school community. Well done to all.


As part of our 1916 commemorations our latest Emailatale competition was on the theme of 1916 and the format was broadened to take in various interpretations of the theme. The standard of entries was as high as always and the following were judged to be the winners:




Best Short Story  Muireann McSweeney (2 Byrne)
Best Poem  Katie Clarke (1 Nolan) 
Best Interpretation  Ava O'Shea (1 Ryan)
Dan d'Eirinn

Sinead Ni Bhraonain - winner  (5th year)

Beibhinn Ni Bhraonain - runner up (1st year)


You can read Muireann's story by clicking here , Katie's poem by clicking here.and all the finalists in the Dán d'Éirinn competition here.

We are further delighted that Kilkenny Co Library Service have announced that Sinead Brennan’s poem “ An Damhsa Gaelach”  has won the county final of “A poem for Ireland”, which was organized by The Department of Education and Skills, the Public Library Service and Libraries Development, Local Government Management Agency  as part of the commemoration events for Ireland 2016. Sinead will now represent Kilkenny at the national finals next month.

Comhghairdeas leat a Shinéad agus go n-éirí an t-ádh leat sa chraobh.


We also received entries from a local primary school. Pictured below are Mr. Behan and Mr. Clarke with the 3rd/4th and 5th/6th class winners from the Presentation Primary School. Well done to the girls for their inventive pieces which will be published in the CCS Literacy Magazine.


Calendar CS


Wellread Programme


We are delighted to announce that we have received the "wellread" award, an initiative designed and organised by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It aims to create heightened awareness about the importance of creating a culture of reading in school communities for our young people as part of their personal and academic development. The school community is now recognised nationally as a school that promotes and encourages a culture of reading.

You can read more about the award on the PDST website by clicking here, and you can find out more about our school initiatives under the "extra-curricular" tab above.



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