11th May 2012


Huge congratulations to First Years Ella Neary and Ciara Kelly who won First Prize for their piano duet at the recent Wesley College under 14s duet competition and also won First Prize at Kilcoole Feis.  This is a fantastic achievement for our students.  We are also delighted to announce that Coláiste Chraobh Abhann First Year students Daniel Bradley, Conor Rubalcava and Neil Greene won the Ensemble Prize for guitar at the Bray Music Centre Festival.  They will now be performing at the Competition Final & Student Gala Concert at the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray on the evening Tuesday 29th May. 



This coming week there will be a Tráth na gCeist with CCA Transition Year students and the 4th class students at Newtown Primary school.  This is part of our ongoing Gaeilge initiative. TY students will work with the 4th class students and award the prizes to the winning teams. Many thanks to Ms Ni Suaird and Mr Rice who will accompany the students.  We look forward to this great opportunity to further our links with Newtown Primary school and its teachers and students.



The musical talent of our Music Outreach Programme students will be showcased at a concert which will take place on Thursday 17th May at the school at 7:30pm. Parents and guests will be able to see the great progress that our musicians have made through the outreach programme over the course of this year. We have many talented musicians who have won prizes at competitions in this group.  All parents, staff and students are invited to attend.



There will be an end of season girls football blitz held on Wednesday 16th May at Kilcoole GAA grounds.  Teams made up of all year groups from CCA will compete on the day.  Best of luck to all involved, and many thanks to Ms Doyle for organising this event, and for her commitment to girls’ football all year.



This year’s final Coffee Morning of the year for parents and students of Coláiste Chraobh Abhann’s Autistic Spectrum Disorder group will take place on Wednesday 23rd May from 12:30pm until 1:30pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity for parents of students and staff to meet informally and share experiences.  



Well done to our Junior and Leaving Certificate Art, Metalwork, Engineering, Construction and Woodwork students who have completed their practical state examinations in these subjects.  Students have been working very hard in the past few weeks in preparation for these exams, and for their upcoming Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations in June.



Well done also to our First and Second Year SciFest entrants, who had a fantastic day at the event which was held in Tallaght IT on 9th May.  Josh McCabe, Joseph Keenan, Jack Mohan, Micaiah Murray, Holly Martin, Cormac Lock, Maciej Goszczycki, Max Clarke, Jack O’Connor, Robyn Phipps Rooney and Rachel McNamee took part.  Maciej Goszczycki won the prize for ‘Best Use of Maths in Science’ and Holly Martin won ‘Best Communicator’ in the Junior Category. Well done to all entrants for the huge preparatory work they put in to their projects.  Many thanks to Ms O’Gara for her support and encouragement of students and for organising their participation in the event.



Coláiste Chraobh Abhann’s first ever Social Justice week was a huge success.  Each morning, students at assembly were treated to a short film, made by Transition Years, about their experience learning about social justice.  Transition Year students also visited classes and made corridor displays. The TY social justice module consisted of learning about different unjust situations or global issues that affect people today.  They learned a lot about themselves and how as individuals, we can all make a positive difference in the world.



Students and staff are looking forward to our annual prize day, which will take place on Friday 18th May at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann.  Each year, students are awarded prizes in subject areas, sports, music, drama, environmental awareness and many more categories.  The day is an opportunity for everyone in our school community to reflect on the great work and effort that has gone on throughout the year, and to recognise the many outstanding achievements and talents of our students.

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