Awards Night May 2019
Our awards night took place last week in the gym. It was a celebration of all the academic, sporting and extra curricular success of our students during the year. You can view the awards night photo brochure by clicking here. Please note that it is designed for booklet style printing so the 6th year group photo is split in two!
Basketball National Finals
After winning the South East third division title for a third successive season, the Castlecomer boys under 16 basketball team travelled to Killorglin, Co. Kerry to take part in the All Ireland qualifiers on Wed 9th January 2019.. Standing in their way were Killorglin Community College and Skibbereen Community School. First up were Skibbereen and after falling behind early, Castlecomer battled back to within 4 points at halftime. Tommy Coogan was on song scoring 10 points in the first half. Tommy's precocious court awareness saw him add a further 8 points in the third quarter and things were poised for a grand slam finish. Unfortunately, with time ticking down, Castlecomer were forced to pressure Skibbereen but Skibbereen showed fantastic passing ability and shooting to outmanoeuvre the Castlecomer defence and win comfortably.
The boys did not have long to bow their heads as they had less than half an hour to prepare for Killorglin. Castlecomer had an unfortunate start to the second game with Rory Buggy hitting the only basket in a listless first quarter. Things started to improve when Liam Doyle hit 9 points in the second quarter including a deep three pointer which lifted the team's momentum. Tommy was reintroduced despite his ankle troubles and electrified the travelling supporters that made the arduous journey with a massive three pointer to cut the lead to 7. Luca Downey hit 7 fast points and suddenly the encounter sprang to life. Killorglin led by 4 going into the final quarter but Castlecomer were really finding their groove. Yet another slow start proved costly as Castlecomer quickly feel behind by 10. With back to back games, Castlecomer struggled to find the energy they possessed in the third quarter and much like the earlier game they had a disappointing finish. Despite the unfavourable results, the scorelines do not reflect the competitive nature of these games and Castlecomer Community school should be extremely proud of their achievements this year.
By Jamie Maher
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:
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.
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.
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.