18th May 2012


Well done to our student council, who have been awarded their second green flag for energy awareness at a special ceremony in Croke Park. The student council carried out an audit of energy in use, monitored heating in classrooms, encouraged simple changes which could be carried out in school and home to save energy, for environmental reasons and to reduce cost.   The council is looking forward to next year when they hope to be awarded a third green flag for water preservation.



Congratulations to the many students who were awarded prizes at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann’s annual prize day ceremony, which took place last Friday.  This is a day which is hugely anticipated as a highlight of the school year.  Students who have made great efforts in subject areas, project work, sports and extra-curricular activities were recognised for their hard work.  Well done to everyone. 



Coláiste Chraobh Abhann got a special musical treat last Thursday at our annual concert to celebrate the achievements of the students who took part in the music outreach programme in conjunction with the Bray Music Centre.  Our performers were Robyn Phipps-Rooney, Aaron Kearney, Eoin Codd, Daniel Bradley, Neil Greene and Conor Rubalcava, who performed a range of beautiful pieces of music across a wide range from Beethoven to Johnny Cash.



Thirty students from fourth class at Newtown Primary School enjoyed a ‘tráth na gCeist’ competition last week, organised by teachers and Fifth year students from Coláiste Chraobh Abhann.  The students were in teams of three, answering a range of questions as Gaeilge.  Prizes were awarded and everyone had great fun on the day.  Many thanks to Mr Rice and Ms Ní Suaird for organising this event.  The competition is part of the ongoing Irish links programme between Coláiste Chraobh Abhann and Newtown Primary school.



Students from our Transition Year group took part in interviews for the coveted positions of Peer Mentors last week, which the successful candidates will take up in September.  Twelve students will be trained by Karen Carter of Arklow Springboard, to develop their mentoring skills in advance of working with next year’s incoming First years. Thanks to Mr Farrell, Mr Kennedy and Mr Farrell for interviewing all the students who applied. There was a very strong field.



Students and staff enjoyed a fantastic day of sports last Wednesday, with good weather and an on-site ice-cream van adding to the enjoyment!  Our annual school sports day was filled with events, from athletics, tag rugby, high jump and basketball to soccer, tug-of-war, badminton, chess and an Puc fada.   One of the highlights of the day was the annual soccer match between Transition Year students and the staff.  Congratulations to the staff team! Many thanks to all the teachers who organised and ran events, and to Ms Connolly for her organisation of the day overall.  A special mention must go to Ms Hennessy who was a tireless and highly entertaining compére for the day.



We are very proud to announce that Maciej Goszczycki, one of our Second Year students, has won the All-Ireland Schools Programming Competition, at DCU.  Maciej, a keen programmer who also recently won an award at ‘SciFest’ 2012, will now represent Ireland at the International Olympiad in Informatics in Italy this summer.  Well done to Maciej for doing so well against stiff competition from around the country.



A very strong Newtown United side beat Liffey Valley Rangers last weekend to win the Leinster under 21 club final. CCA Sixth year student Sean Heffernan was captain of the winning team, and Fifth year student Luke Martin scored the two goals from Newtown.

CCA students Ian Farrell, Keith McCormack, Karl Carthy, Steven Davis and Stuart Synnott were also on the team.  The final score was 2 - 2 and Newtown United won 4-3 on penalties. 



Congratulations to our students who won several awards at this year’s Co. Wicklow VEC Environs awards.  The students who won were Aimee Byrne, Transition Year, whose “No Seatbelts, No Excuse” project was runner up in the Road Safety Category.  Rebecca Davidson, Brian Kennedy and Luke Kinsella, Transition Year, won third prize in Built Environment category for their mosaic entitled “The Night of Starry Tiles”. Conor Bradshaw, also Transition Year, was given a special commendation for his school musical montage video. Holly Neary, Fifth year, Clodagh Bradshaw, First Year and Dean Kelly, 6th Year won second prize in the Energy Conservation category for their project on ‘Energy Awareness Week”.  Transition Year Kevin Cullinan’s entry “Litter Pickers” also won 2nd prize.  The aim of the Environs projects is to promote excellence in our school environment. The benefits are a well kept, well organised and inviting school which allows students to feel a sense of ownership and a spirit of community and teamwork. Students develop a sense of social responsibility as well as personal organisation, team and leadership skills through creating and promoting their Environs project.



Transition Year students had a very enjoyable, and challenging, two day hike as part of their ‘An Gaisce’ award work.  They walked two subsections of the Wicklow Way with teachers accompanying them. The first began in Laragh near Glendalough and made their way over Scarr Mountain to Lough Dan.  There they stayed over in the Lough Dan Scout's Hostel where students camped, cooked their own food and built open fires to keep warm!  The second section was around the perimeter of Lough Dan.  A smaller group of students made their way over Knocknaloghoge hill and the group met for lunch at Lough Dan house.  After a very scenic walk through the valley with deer sightings and one final hill the group were met by their bus on the Lough Tay road.  It was a tiring but hugely enjoyable trip.

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