4th May 2012


Our budding actors from the Coláiste Chraobh Abhann Players staged a fantastic production of Harold Pinter’s “The Dumb Waiter” at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann last week.  This intriguing play, which was the inspiration for the Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson film “In Bruges” starred Conor Black, Neil Foot and Andrew Connaughton.  It told the story of two hit men waiting in a basement in Birmingham, for their orders to carry out their hit.  The play centred on the tension between the characters as they wait.  Congratulations to the actors and to Mr O’Súilleabháin and Ms Hennessy for their hard work in preparing this production.  We look forward to another fantastic production from the drama group next year, who have previously brought us ‘One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest’, ‘The Riddle Man’ and ‘How Many Miles to Babylon’.



Many thanks to the Coláiste Chraobh Abhann Parents Council and especially Valerie McGlynn for her great work in organising the recent table quiz in aid of the school, which took place in The Mill Room in Kilcoole on Thursday 3rd May.  A hugely entertaining and successful night was had by all, with much needed funds raised for our school.  The work of the Parents Council at CCA is crucial to our school and we are very grateful for their continued work.



Well done to our athletes Eoghan Marah, Eve Wood, Emma Kavanagh, Sarah Kavanagh, Isobel O’Grady, Lara Broughan and Aisling McCabe who took part in the Leinster Athletics competition in Irishtown last week. Some of our senior students have produced outstanding displays of athletics this year and we are very proud of their achievements.



Next week students at CCA will be taking part in a specially designed programme on social justice.  Following completion of a Justice Module, Transition Year students are running a Justice Awareness week from May 8th - 11th. The justice module consisted of learning about different unjust situations or global issues that affect people today. The students divided into groups and took on the responsibility of researching different issues such as gender equality, racism, homophobia and poverty. They discussed ways theses issues could be solved and how they, as individuals, and also as a community, could help.  They learned a lot about themselves and how as individuals, we can all make a positive difference in the world. TY students will be speaking at assemblies and showing a video of what they have learned about social justice and talking to junior students about the importance of understanding and developing awareness of social justice in our community.



Our newly appointed Fifth Year prefect team got together with the outgoing Sixth Year team for an informal lunch last week.  The new team got lots of helpful and practical advice on how to best approach the enjoyable but challenging role of being a prefect in school.  We wish the new team the very best in their new roles and we are delighted to see them already embrace their new responsibilities.   A sincere thank you to our Sixth Year team for their hard work, enthusiasm and flexibility throughout the year. 



Attention student savers!  The Coláiste Chraobh Abhann credit union is now officially up and running.  It will be open during lunchtime and students are encouraged to join up.  There is no joining fee.  The credit union is one of Ireland’s most important institutions, with profits shared by all member shareholders.



Another busy and rewarding week ahead for our TY students: on Tuesday, 18 students will spend the day being trained in Basic First Aid.  On Wednesday, Transition Year students who have applied to become peer mentors in Fifth Year will be interviewed for the roles.  These roles are among the most significant in our school, as the peer mentors guide and advise younger students, and provide them with a role model. We also wish best of luck to three of our TY students, Eoghan Marah, Adam Hill and Conor Shortt who will be taking the Young Whistlers refereeing exam. Next week will come to an exciting end for TY students as they will spend a full day taking part in a film workshop.  This event is always one of the most memorable activities for TY students, and often budding actors and directors discover their talents on the day!



Our annual Sports Day takes place next Thursday, 10th May.  A huge range of sporting events and activities will be taking place on the day, from soccer, hurling, football, running, high jump and tug-of-war to the ‘puc fada’, basketball and ‘welly throwing’!  Students and staff always look forward to this day as it gives us an opportunity to spend time together outside the classroom, and appreciate the huge amount of sporting talent in our school.

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