26th April 2013

SPORTS UPDATE AND SPORTS DAY

Congratulations to the Kilcoole under 15 Camogie team who won both their matches last Saturday, and are now number two in the leader board! Also, very well done to our First year Camogie team who had a great win in the annual Super 7's competition last week in Bray. They brought home the silverware to prove it! The squad was Caitlin O'Toole, Rachel Crimes, Jade Byrne, Lauren Coughlan, Sinéad Conway, Sarah Mohan, Megan Byrne, Róisín Belton, Grace Bruton, Sophia Smirnova and the bainisteorí on the day were Laura Flood and Rachel Finnegan. Well done to all involved. This week is also a very important week in the school sporting calendar, as Wednesday 1st May is our annual sports day. This event is always a hugely enjoyable day and a wonderful showcase of our school’s sporting and athletic talent. We will provide a detailed update of all the fun and events in next week’s news! 

AG SCIENCE TRIP

Ms Driver’s Fifth year Agricultural science class attended a fascinating research day at Grange Research Farm, in Dunsany, Co. Meath, on Friday 26th April. The trip, organised by Teagasc, allowed students to take part in practical demonstrations of skills and aspects of farming and agricultural production in Ireland, as part of their course work for this Leaving Certificate subject. Areas covered included farm machinery, grassland, calf rearing, understanding greenhouse gases, quality of meat, DNA extraction and the dairy industry. Many thanks to Ms Driver for her organisation of this valuable trip. 

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS AWARDS

Well done to all the Coláiste Chraobh Abhann students who presented their innovative and practical projects to the judging committee for consideration as part of this year’s Environmental Awareness awards. These awards, created by Wicklow VEC to encourage students to become aware of their local and school environments, allow our students to create a wide range of projects reflecting the importance of environmental awareness. This year’s projects included art, IT and outdoor-based ideas. Best of luck to our students at the awards ceremony, which will take place in May. 

LEAVING AND JUNIOR CERT EXAMINATIONS

Well done to all our Leaving Certificate students who worked so hard and performed very well in the French oral examinations which were held last week. Many thanks to the French teachers who took so much time to help students with extra preparation, and in particular Martin, our French assistant, for the work he has put in helping the students to prepare for this important exam. Well done also to all students who completed the practical element of their music exams. We are very proud of our students’ hard work and wish them the best of luck in their results. Many thanks to Ms Armstrong for her preparation and guidance of the students through their practical exams. 

SUPER STRIKERS MINI COMPANY

Well done to the Year 1 Leaving Certificate Applied class of 5GMY, who organised a mini company event, “School Super Striker”, last week at CCA. Staff and students were invited to try their luck at scoring three goals, for €1, with the lucky scorer of a hat trick winning €5. Many thanks to Ms French who helped the students organise this event as part of the Enterprise communications module of the LCA English and Communications course. 

TRIP TO SWEDEN

Best of luck to our thirty students and three teachers who departed on their trip to Sweden on Monday, as part of our on-going Comenius partnership with a Swedish school. The partnership is based around music, and many of the students are members of the school choir, and have prepared some beautiful songs for performing with their Swedish partners. All students travelling are also taking part in a course of Swedish language and cultural study. The trip will last six days, and will include a variety of school-based, musical and cultural activities. Two teachers from our Maths and Science departments are also travelling with the students, to share ideas with their Swedish colleagues on maths and science-related classroom learning experiences. We look forward to all the news on their return. 

NEW FIFTH YEAR PREFECTS

Congratulations to our newly appointed Fifth year prefects. There is always very stiff competition for this prestigious and rewarding role as student leaders in our school. The newly appointed prefects are Conor Short, Seanai Ryan, Eoghan Marah, Aimee Byrne, Conor Bradshaw, Laura Lynskey McWatt, Anna McGuinness, Colm Layton, Shane Evans, Leah Sullivan, Caoimhe McHugh, Stephen O’Toole, Alanna Lacey McGuire, Keith McCormack, Kevin Cullinan, Kassie Foley and Zoe Williams. We look forward to seeing them take on their student leadership roles at the end of term. 

TY ‘BANK YOUR FUTURE’ WORKSHOP

Well done to all Transition year students who have now completed their Junior Achievement “Bank Your Future” talk which was kindly facilitated by Bank of Ireland. Bank employee Avril Jackman volunteered to complete the programme with the students and it involves various games and activities to demonstrate the importance of third level education, employment, budgeting and cash flow management. The students will go on a branch visit to our local branch in the coming weeks for more hands on learning. Many thanks to Manager John McCarthy, Avril and all the staff at Bank of Ireland for supporting this venture.


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