5th December 2014

COLLEGE ENTRY STATISTICS 2014

We are delighted at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann to have been acknowledged as one of Ireland’s most improved schools in terms of our numbers of students progressing to third level since publication of college progression statistics commenced in 2009.   In the Irish Times, principal Shane Eivers commented on the consistent upward trend in numbers of CCA students progressing to third level - at present, the figure stands at more than 75% of students.  The school has also received a formal apology from Carlow Institute of Technology, which made an error in returns to the CAO which resulted in incorrect statistics being sent to the national newspapers.  As a result of the error, Carlow IT did not include any CCA students in their CAO returns, which meant an incorrect percentage of 66% college progression from CCA appeared in national newspapers.  Carlow IT have since rectified the fault and clarified their CCA student numbers to the CAO.

MUSICAL EVENTS AT CCA THIS CHRISTMAS

The festive spirit was in full swing at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann last week, with a series of musical events to celebrate Christmas.  On Monday 8th December, students and staff at Kilcoole Primary school enjoyed a joint carol service with Ms Armstrong’s CCA choir.  Transition Year students will visit Eyrefield Manor nursing home in Greystones this Thursday, to perform some carols for the residents and staff.  First year students at CCA will also take part in their own carol service on Thursday afternoon at school.  The festive spirit will also be in evidence with all junior and senior music classes singing carols in the GP area on Friday! Many thanks to Ms Armstrong and the CCA school choir for their hard work in preparing for these most enjoyable Christmas events.

CHRISTMAS COOKERY CLUB

First year students are enjoying their ‘Christmas cookery club’ which takes place on the Wednesdays before the Christmas exams in the Home Economics kitchen with Ms Walsh from 2 – 4 pm. The students have made ‘Rudolph’ buns and stained glass cookies, and decorated shoeboxes to display their delicious treats and offer them as presents.  Lots of fun has been had.

MEMORY LANE PHOTOGRAPHS

Thanks to the photographers from Memory Lane who visited the school last week and took photos of our staff and students.

SVP SHOE BOX APPEAL

Many thanks to the students and staff who gave to our annual shoe box appeal for St Vincent de Paul.  Our school has always contributed very generously to this important appeal for Christmas.

2nd YEAR PTS MEETING

Many thanks to the parents and guardians of our Second year students who attended last Thursday’s Parent/Teacher/Student meeting.  Parents, students and teachers had the chance to review the work of the last term and plan for the rest of the year.  It was a very positive evening all round.  

CHRISTMAS INDOOR BOOT SALE AT CCA

The Mega Christmas Indoor Boot Sale, held on Sunday at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, was a great success and much enjoyed by all who attended.  There was a great variety on offer including crafts, bric-a-brac, festive fare, Santa Claus and face painting.  The proceeds of the day went to funds for the Parents Council.  Many thanks to the council for organising this very valuable and enjoyable fundraising activity.

CAROCBUSINESS WEEK WINNERS

Well done to the following students who won the ‘slogan of the day’ competition for our recent annual Business Week.  The winners were Ciaran Crimes, 1st year, Colm Roche, 2nd year, Bronte Magee Baker, 3rd year, Nikita Sanaki, TY, Sarah Byrne, 5th year and Carrie Thorpe, 6th year. 

HOUSE EXAMINATIONS

We wish the best of luck to our students in their annual Christmas house exams.  Students and teachers, supported by parents, have worked very hard this term.

GOLD MEDAL WINNING STUDENT

A huge congratulations to Transition Year student Oscar Hancock, who won a first place gold medal in weightlifting last Saturday at the Irish Drug Free Weight Lifting competition in Midleton, Co. Cork.  Oscar’s medal was in the 50kg weight class.  Well done Oscar.

CHRISTMAS OUTING

A group of our senior students including some of our international visiting students and some junior CCA students took part in a pre-Christmas outing to the cinema in Dun Laoghaire with Ms Mitchell and Ms Cluskey.  Many of our international students will be leaving after Christmas and have enjoyed huge benefits of learning English and getting to experience Irish school life and culture.  We wish them well in their studies.

CROSS COUNTRY EVENT

Well done to everyone who ran at St Gerard’s Cross Country in Bray last week.  Especially well done to Isobel O’Grady, who came first in the Senior Girls, and Troy Scully, who came first in the under 15 boys.  Irene Gomez Romero came sixth in the under 14 category.  Mikel Counihan came seventh, Cian McHugh ninth and Oisin Cullen 11th in the boys under 13 category.  Jack Doyle came eighth in the under 14s, and finally Lucy McCabe came in the top twelve of the age 12 girls.  Well done to all!

MUSIC OUTREACH PROGRAMME

The music outreach programme will be taking enrolments for term 2 at present.  The new term will start in January.  Students can access piano, singing and guitar lessons.  Please contact Ms Mitchell for further information – annemitchell@wicklowvec.ie


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