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CCA School News 26 November 2021

CCA School News 26 November 2021

Business Erasmus Programme

Six students from fifth year travelled to Novo Mesto, Slovenia in November as part of a Business Erasmus. This involved working with Slovenian and Estonian students. While in Novo Mesto, the girls worked in international teams and presented their ideas on business products. They engaged in market research and used their findings to decide whether their ideas would be feasible. During the week, they got the opportunity to visit a business incubator and observe how technology can be used to produce different products. During the trip the students also got to do some sight-seeing and were able to visit the fabulous Lake Bled! The girls had a fantastic week and learned a lot from their international friends. In February six other students will visit Estonia as part of the next stage in the Erasmus programme. We look forward to welcoming both Slovenian and Estonian students and their teachers to Ireland in May.

Creative Schools Programme:

As part of the Creative Schools program, Fashion Designer Joanne Hynes kindly visited CCA this week. She took time out of her busy schedule to speak to a group of 3rd year students about her career as a fashion designer and share some of her sources of inspiration. Joanne Hynes has a highly personal, unconventional approach to fashion. Her clothing and accessory lines have sold internationally from Dunnes Stores to Pretty Polly hosiery and Topshop.

Joanne spoke to the students about the design process, the advantages of being experimental with materials, how to use their sketchbooks and the importance of sustainable fashion. The students at the talk have all expressed an interest in fashion and the Transition year program will offer them the chance to enter fashion competitions next year. Joanne’s inspirational talk will hopefully encourage them to start thinking about their designs now and over the summer in preparation for TY. We look forward to seeing some successful and unique designs next year being entered into the Junk Kouture and Relove Fashion competitions. CCA sends a big thank you to Joanne!

6th Year Cinema Trip

On Tuesday 23rd November, sixth year CCA students enjoyed a trip to the cinema as part of a Media and Communications module. The students watched 'King Richard' at the IMC Dun Laoghaire. Ahead of the trip, the students investigated the plot of the film, watched the trailer, discussed the promotional posters, and learned about key cinematic techniques. They also watched a YouTube biography clip about Will Smith, who plays the role of Richard Williams, the main character in this film. On return to the classroom, students will analyse key scenes, review the film, and will examine Richard Williams' role as a father. Thanks to Mr. Redmond for organising the trip. A great day was had by all.

College Awareness Week

This week in CCA we celebrated National College Awareness week. Thanks to the guidance department we had numerous activities organised throughout the week. Teachers were asked to contribute by sharing information about their career pathways which was displayed in the GP area for all to see. Students were also encouraged to ask their teachers about their college experience and career paths. 1st year and 2nd year students created wonderful displays depicting their dream jobs which were also on display in the GP area. There was a Kahoot house competition for junior students to take part in in order to raise awareness but also gave the students a chance to win points for their house. A Padlet was created with a list of video links from different colleges on a variety of courses which was shared with tutor classes.

On Wednesday we held a mini careers fair where past pupils were invited in to speak about their chosen career path and their college experience so far. A huge thank you to everyone that came in. It was wonderful to welcome them back to our community and to hear how they have been getting on since they left CCA. Thank you to the guidance department for organising a wonderful week.

U17 Boys Soccer


Our first league match ended in a stalemate after a hard fought battle. We started brightly and looked to create chances. Mark Gray and Josh Bishop were getting through a massive amount of work in midfield and were playing some great football. We took the lead on 15 minutes. A great corner from Mark Gray was headed home from close range by Sam Greene. We almost doubled our advantage minutes later. Craig Davies went past his man wide on the left and whipped a beautiful ball low across the box that was begging to be tapped home but unfortunately just evaded Lewi Stokes. Lewi had another good chance that he crafted out himself through his hard work. Lewi chased down the keeper and blocked the clearance and the ball went towards the goal but the keeper just recovered to claw it off the line. Unfortunately we were pegged back just before halftime. A CCM corner was headed home to send the sides in level at the break.

The second half was a half of few chances. CCM were on top for the first 20 minutes of the second half and had us pegged back to their credit. When we got the ball down and knocked some passes together we were the better side again. There was one clear chance in the second half and it came in the dying minutes. The ball fell to Xander Johnson in the box and his effort was blocked by the defender and Xander’s second effort hit the side netting. Shane Synnott and Josh Bishop were two of our standout performers but Man of The Match goes to Mark Gray for a commanding midfield display.

Senior Boys Soccer
The senior boys' soccer team had their second match of the year on Wednesday against CCM, Wicklow. We started very strongly and played some excellent football over the first 20 minutes and deservedly scored a fine goal through JP Nolan. The rest of the half was quite even and we conceded a goal around the half hour mark. The CCA team came out all guns blazing in the second half and created numerous chances throughout the half. We scored a goal with 20 minutes left to play and continued to put the pressure on to get a third. The game finished 2- 1. It was a good win for the team and they can build on this performance in their next match against Arklow CBS next week. Everyone played well but the top performers were JP Nolan, Ciarán Murphy, Shane Collins, and Sam Bishop.

Senior Gaelic Football

Well done to the Senior Boys Gaelic Football team who had a great victory this week winning on a margin of 3-13 to 3-8 against CBS Arklow in the South Leinster Semi Final.

Girls Senior A Football

Last week saw CCA's first out in the Girls A competition this year and after finishing second in our group we are delighted to reach the semi-finals of the A competition. We had two fantastic wins against Loreto Bray and Dominican College with a loss against St. Mary's Arklow. A huge well done to the team and Ms. Miley.


Senior Boys Gaelic Team - Senior Boys Gaelic Team in CCA who recently had a great victory over CBS Arklow in the South Leinster Semi Final

Senior Girls Gaelic Team - Senior Girls Gaelic Team in CCA who recently reached the semi final of the Wicklow A competition.

Creative Schools Programme - Fashion Designer Joanne Hynes visiting Mr. McRory's 3rd Year Art class in CCA recently.

Business Erasmus - CCA students Alex Adderley O'Brien, Abbie Wills, Sarah Cullen, Lucy McGowan O'Reilly, Ciara Short and Charlotte Nagle with teachers Mr. Hughes and Ms. Page who recently travelled to Slovenia and took part in a Business Erasmus Programme.

Business Erasmus 2 - CCA Student Charlotte Nagle pitching her business idea in Slovenia as part of a Business Erasmus Programme.

Business Erasmus 3 - CCA Student Alex Adderley O'Brien taking part in a Business Erasmus in Slovenia.

U17 Boys Soccer - CCA U17 Soccer Team who recently drew with CCM.

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School Closure (JCT Planning Day)
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Senior Cycle Options Evening
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