25th May 2012


A wonderful evening was held at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann last Friday at our Sixth Year graduation ceremony.  Staff, students and parents gathered at the school to bid farewell to our final year students, and to look back in celebration at the achievements our students have made in their time at our school.  A beautiful musical ensemble was provided by Sixth year music students, with the help of Ms Armstrong.   Mr Farrell, Sixth year head, spoke about the students’ bright future, and wished them well in their upcoming exams.  Mr Eivers spoke about the new part of their life’s journey that our students are now embarking upon, and the importance of their parents’ support in their lives.  Our Head Boy and Head Girl, Calvin Swords and Caressa O’Toole, spoke about their time at school and their wishes for the future. Afterwards, parents, students and staff had a chance to mingle and enjoy refreshments.  It was a fantastic evening and we wish our Sixth years the very best of luck in all that they achieve.



Congratulations to our Transition Year students who were presented with their Bank of Ireland Junior Achievement Awards at Bank of Ireland, Greystones, last week.  The awards recognise six weeks of work on the part of the students, who participated in workshops facilitated by representatives of Bank of Ireland, learning about personal finance and budgeting, and the importance of understanding financial matters. Many thanks to Bank of Ireland for providing this valuable experience for our students.



A group of twelve primary school students from Newtown Primary school accompanied by the Principal Carmel Dempsey and the Deputy Principal Gerardine Mullins visited our school last Friday, as part of our ongoing initiative between the two schools.  Students had a great day taking part in a range of fun activities. The students were all involved in the Gaeilge initiative during the year and are a representation of 3rd, 4th and 5th class.  Many thanks to the teachers involved in working with them on this visit, and to all the other teachers involved in the programme during the year. It has been a very successful programme due to the great work and commitment by the teachers and TY students.



Many thanks to Ms Doyle for organising the hugely successful girl’s football blitz that took place last Thursday at Kilcoole GAA grounds.  Girls from First to Sixth year took part, and a very enjoyable day was had by everyone.  Some great sporting prowess was displayed by our students and well done to all who took part.



Congratulations to Cian Gallagher, Seanaí Ryan, Laura Lynskey-McWatt, Leah Sullivan and Andrew McManus, who were awarded a Silver Achievement award by AIB as part of their Build a Bank Challenge.  Seanaí was also given an award for best bank worker.  Well done to the students for their hard work on this project which is a valuable learning experience.



Tuesday 29th May will mark the Transition Year’s opportunity to showcase the work they have completed during their busy and eventful Transition Year. Each student will present a box of excellence, and speak about a project or piece of work that was particularly important to them.  We look forward to welcoming students and their families to the school on this night, which is always a very enjoyable event.



Our First, Second, Transition and Fifth year students will start their summer examinations on Monday 28th May.  The exams will continue for a week, until Friday 1st June when the much-anticipated summer holidays will begin.  We would like to wish all our students the best in their exams.  Students have been revising very hard for many weeks now, and will be given the opportunity to reap the rewards of all their hard work.



Coláiste Chraobh Abhann is delighted to announce that we will be hosting a French speaking language assistant for the school year 2012/13.  The assistant will be working at the school for approximately 12 hours a week, bringing the French language alive for students, and encouraging it to be spoken as often as possible.  We are delighted to announce the appointment of the language assistant as a valuable addition to our staff, to promote modern language learning in our school.

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