25th May 2018

CLASS OF 2018

The ceremony for Coláiste Chraobh Abhann’s Graduation Class of 2018 took place last Thursday, 24th of May, where achievements were celebrated, fun memories rekindled and emotional farewells shared by all.

The theme of the ceremony was ‘Taking Flight,’ with an airport destination board backdrop announcing that that Flight Number 240518 was ready to board. The ceremony was opened by the beautiful singing of Glenda Tigirigi, followed by readings and offerings by 6th Year students and class tutors, wishing each graduating student advice and best wishes for their future.

Class tutors Ms O’Driscoll, Ms Phillips, Mr Brophy, Mr Halpin and Mr McRory then called their class roll call for the very last time, where each student was presented with their graduation cert and medal.

Rev. William Bennett gave a thought provoking address to the students, telling them that if there are turbulent times ahead, never to be afraid to ask for help and support to help them through.

Molly Hayes gave a wonderful reading of a poem she especially wrote for the occasion, before the final address by Head Boy and Head Girl, Brian Short and Jade Byrne, brought us on a journey of their last six years in the school, thanking everyone for the memories shared and the friendships wrought, with a special recognition given to their 6th year Year Head Ms McCormack and their 5th year Year Head Mr Evoy.

Mr Eivers stressed the importance of travel and education in his address, with a few funny observation being read out from the Graduation Year Book to the embarrassment of a few blushing students.

Parents Ms Helen Crimes and Ms Áine Conway addressed the class of 2018, while Board of Management member Mr Shay Cullen acknowledging the ‘two captains’ of the flight, Mr Eivers and Ms Buckley. He stated how they go above and beyond to support each student who steps through the doors of Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, guiding them to become the mature young adults who now have the world at their feet as they take their wings.

Ms Buckley then awarded Kate Toner a cert for full attendance, recognising her remarkable achievement of not missing one day of school over her entire six years in CCA. Mr Eivers then awarded the Gradam Speisialta, (an award for outstanding achievement) to Aoife Cullinan, Brian Short and Molly Hayes, before Year Head Ms Margaret McCormack announced the overall winner of Rogha na Bliana (Student of the Year Award) to Mark Brady and Kate Toner.

The evening was brought to a close with a selection of songs from Luke Byrne on guitar with the accompaniment of a number of 6th Year singers. Students, parents, staff and friends then mingled together after the ceremony, with thoughts and memories of the past now blending with the excitement of what the next chapter will bring.

A special thanks to everyone involved in the organisation of the ceremony. To Mr Eivers and Ms Buckley. Year Heads Ms McCormack and Mr Evoy. 6th year class tutors Ms O’ Driscoll, Ms Phillips, Mr McRory, Mr Brophy and Mr Halpin. To Ms Tarrant and Mr McRory and the 6th Year art students who had the school looking so well on the night with all the artwork celebrating the ceremony’s theme of ‘Taking Flight.’ To Ms Reilly and Molly Hayes who designed the Graduation Year Book and to the musicians, Prefect Team and Parents’ Council, all making this celebration a night to truly remember. 

GERMAN EXCHANGE

Transition Year students involved in the German exchange set off on their five day return trip to Würzburg in Germany on the 9th May. When they arrived, they were met their exchange students and were given a tour of Riemenschneider-Gymnasium school following a musical welcome, performed by the school brass band.

The students then explored the historical city, enjoying a walk to the old fortress in Wurzburg and taking in the city sights, before meeting all their host families in the evening. The following day the students cycled 30km through the local vineyards and enjoyed a delicious lunch of traditional German food in the school with all the host families.

The students also experienced a taste of German school life by attending a number of classes with their host student. Other trips included a visit to Würzburg Cathedral, Würzburg Residence Palace and a lake-trip where they enjoyed some zip-lining.

Great times were had by all and strong friendships were made. Thanks to Ms Egan and Mr Kennedy who accompanied the students on the trip. 

GLOBAL PASSPORT AWARDS

The Global Passport Award was recently awarded to Coláiste Chraobh Abhann. The Global Passport Award is a Development Education quality mark, offering schools a framework to integrate Development Education into their teaching and learning. It is recognition of the efforts made by schools to raise awareness about various global issues.

In Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, this is done by the schools involvement in Junk Couture and Young Social Innovators. And events in the school such as Diversity Week, LGBT week, Global Issues Fortnight. There were also CSPE projects on the IRISH AID CENTRE and voting rights. Many thanks to all the students and teachers involved in making this award possible.

The Global Passport Award is a grant assisted programme funded by Irish Aid through its subsidiary, Worldwise Global Schools. Thanks to Mr Healy for all the work with this project.                                                                                         

GAISCE AWARDS

Twenty three Transition Year students took part in the Gaisce Awards with an overnight camping trip and hike, which took place on Tuesday 22nd of May. The students camped in the Scout Camp site beside Loch Dan and hiked over 20km over the Wicklow Mountains, including a sunset hike to the peak of Scarr Mountain. The students will be awarded their Gaisce bronze medal in September. Thanks to Mr Kennedy, Ms Lillis, Mr Ryan, Mr Creavin and Ms O’Reilly for accompanying the students on this memorable trip. 

EXAMS

Wishing all our students the very best of luck in their Summer exams that begun on Friday the 25th May and will continue to Friday the 1st of June. We especially wish our 3rd and 6th year students the very best with the last few weeks of study before the State Exams begin.


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