NATIONAL COMPUTER PROGRAMMING WINNER
Third year student Maciej Goszczycki received a huge accolade last week when he was the national winner of the ‘Coolest Project’ Awards, held by CoderDojo, the youth computer programming initiative. CoderDojo members from all over Ireland demonstrated their projects to a team of judges led by CoderDojo founder James Whelton. Maciej scooped the overall award for ODA, a software language he is pioneering. He was presented with a brand new ultrabook for winning the competition. During the summer, Maciej was a member of Team Ireland in the competitive International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) Competition, which took place over seven days in Italy, with second-level students from around the world. He was awarded a scholarship to a third-level college in Italy at the competition. Maciej will also join two of our students, Peter Kinsella and Jaroslaw Blacharski, on a trip to Google in coming weeks. The three students won the prize of a trip to Google HQ in Dublin in a maths-related competition as part of our recent Maths week.
SWEDISH PARTNER SCHOOL VISIT TO CCA
Staff and students at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann were delighted to welcome four teachers from our partner school in Helsingborg, Sweden, for a partnership planning visit last week. CCA and Helsingborg school have been approved for a two-year Comenius EU partnership, focusing on music appreciation and performance. The four teachers spent two days at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, visiting classes and working with our Transition Year school choir, with guidance from Ms Armstrong, our music teacher. Students enjoyed discussions about Swedish geography and literature with the visitors. We look forward to the many activities, including student exchange visits, which will take place as part of our partnership.
FIFTH YEAR STUDENTS WORK EXPERIENCE
Next week, our Fifth year students will spend a week in the workplace as they complete work placements as part of their academic programme. The experience is very valuable to our senior students, in helping them focus on areas of career interest that they wish to explore in advance of making their all-important CAO choices in Sixth year. We wish them the best of luck in their placements and would like to take the opportunity to thank the many employers who will be hosting them.
THIRD YEAR PARENT-TEACHER-STUDENT MEETING
Many thanks to the parents of third year students who attended last week’s parent-teacher-student meeting. The evening allows parents, students and staff the opportunity to review the work done so far this year by students and offer guidance and advice as to how students can maximise their potential in advance of the Junior Certificate exam in June.
OPEN NIGHT A HUGE SUCCESS
We would also like to extend our thanks to everyone who attended our recent 10th anniversary Open Night. The evening was a huge success for the school community, and a great celebration of the many activities which take place in the school. We are very grateful for the support of the Parents Council and the local businesses and Gardaí who were part of the evening’s presentations.
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT MEETING
Our school’s Board of Management held their second meeting of the school year on Monday, 12th November. The work of our Board is crucial to the successful running of our school and we would like to thank all members for their continuing support.
This week is ‘Science week’ at CCA! Students are celebrating the annual national week promoting science with a range of activities, including a poster competition, project work showcasing different scientists and many other activities. We will include an update on everything that took place in school news next week.
6th YEAR ECOLOGY TRIP
The Sixth year Biology class enjoyed a recent trip to Dublin Zoo with their teachers Ms Grauer and Ms Nolan, as part of their Leaving Certificate Biology programme. The students completed ecology field work at the zoo, and had the opportunity to explore the environment. Many thanks to Ms Grauer and Ms Nolan for organising this activity.
PRIMARY SCHOOL TRANSITION PROGRAMME
On Wednesday 21st November we look forward to welcoming fifth and sixth class pupils and their teachers from Kilcoole Primary School, Newtownmountkennedy Primary School and St. Francis National School in Newcastle for our annual primary school transition programme. The students from each school will spend the day at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann sampling our comprehensive range of subjects and facilities and viewing our facilities.
AIB BUILD A BANK CHALLENGE
Transition Year students who are budding bankers were put through their paces last week by Geraldine and Cillian from AIB Greystones, who came to the school to interview students who have applied for positions in the AIB Build a Bank Challenge 2013. They had a very difficult job selecting six students from a very talented field of 18 applicants for positions in the student bank. The successful students will attend bank training in AIB in the coming weeks. Many thanks to Cillian and Geraldine for their involvement in this project which is a valuable experience for our TY students as well as a hugely enjoyable challenge.