SPORTS DAY 2015
Well done to everyone who took park in our annual Sports Day last Friday, 1st May. This day is one of the highlights of the school calendar. There were a huge variety of events and activities taking place for students, from the long puc, the three legged race, tag rugby, badminton, high jump, penalty kick and a basketball shoot-out to soccer sixes and athletics and a very hotly-contested 100m, 400m and 1500m race. The whole school community really enjoyed the chance to spend the day together as a group. Many thanks to Ms Connolly and all the teachers, staff and parents who helped out on the day.
NEWLY APPOINTED PREFECT TEAM
Congratulations to our 16 newly appointed prefects who were elected last week. These 5th year students will take up temporary positions to allow the 6th years to concentrate on their studies, and will take up their roles fully in September. The students are Sarah Louise Byrne, Rebecca Johnson, Lydia Sinnott Elliott, Kim Whelan, Caoimhe Doyle, Sara Hamdona, Saoirse Yuan, Jade Britton Davies, Sam Doyle, Stephen Harmon McDonald, Aaron Healy, Darren Gillespie, Peter Kinsella, Luke Murphy, Ross Davis and Sean Carthy. We wish them well in their roles.
CCA SCHOOL CREDIT UNION
The school credit union is now open! The credit union is run by a team of students chaired by Transition Years Ciara Kelly and Jessie Kenny. New account holders are invited to join the credit union, whose motto is “Saving and Paving your Future!”
STUDENT DRAMA PRODUCTION AT THE NEWCASTLE INN
Well done to the student dramatists the Coláiste Chraobh Abhann Players and directors Mr Seán Ó Súilleabháin and Ms Sharon Hennessy who staged a very successful run of Shadow of a Gunman by Seán O'Casey in the Newcastle Inn Theatre on Thursday 28th, Friday 29th and Saturday 30th April. Set during the War of Independence, the play centres on a case of mistaken identity, where a building tenant is thought to be an IRA assassin. The show was a great success, and a tribute to all the hard work invested by the CCA Players team.
LEAVING AND JUNIOR CERTIFICATE PRACTICALS AND COURSEWORK
It is a busy few weeks at school with coursework submissions and practical exams for many of our Junior and Leaving Certificate students. Thanks to all the teachers who have put in time to help students prepare for these important deadlines in their exam year, and well done to the students for all their hard work.
END OF YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS
May is always a busy month with several important end of year events taking place: on Friday 15th May our Senior and Junior Prize giving ceremonies will take place, and on Thursday 21st our 6th year Graduation evening will be a last opportunity for parents and family of our Leaving Certificate 2015 class to reflect on their journey from 1st to 6th year at CCA. Transition Years will have the opportunity to present the huge variety of work they have done this year at their Exhibition Night on Tuesday 26th May.
PEER MENTOR TRAINING
Our newly appointed peer mentor team of Conor Murphy Toole, Eoin Vines, Conor Rubalcava, Thomas Kearns, Holly Martin, Orla Bradshaw, Ella Neary, Shauna Murtagh, Clodagh Bradshaw, Jessie Kenny, Olivia Mackey, Aoife Meagher, Chloe Davidson, Eleanor Kenna, Jodie Byrne and Rachel Kennedy have started their training with Karen Carter of Arklow Springboard. The team of peer mentors play a very important role in the school, as part of helping our 1st year students integrate into their new school environment. The peer mentors are assigned to different 1st year classes at the start of each academic year, and spend time mentoring, advising and supporting the students throughout the year. The peer mentors are selected after a rigorous interview process and are given comprehensive leadership training before their roles begin.
SCHOOL WEBSITE PHOTO GALLERY AND PROSPECTUS
The CCA school website has an updated gallery of photos highlighting all the events and activities in which students have been involved this year: parents and anyone interested is invited to browse at http://colaisteca.ie/index.php/about-cca/media-gallery/photo-gallery-2014-2015/. We have also launched a new school prospectus, which can be found on the school website at http://www.colaisteca.ie/index.php/about-cca/prospectus/