11th January 2013


Transition and First year students enjoyed a fascinating and educational day at the BT Young Scientist 2013 last Friday.  The students travelled to the RDS together on Friday morning and spent the day at the exhibition centre, browsing the many and varied projects created by students.  The Young Scientist exhibition gives students a chance to see the real-life application of science, and encourages them to see the study of science as an important skill for life.


All students will receive their Christmas reports this week, and every student will spend time reflecting on their progress with their class tutor on Thursday.  During this session, tutors will be emphasising the importance of attendance and punctuality as part of successful academic progress. Students will also be setting their targets for their mock exams – for exam years – and Easter assessments. 


This week is Health and Safety week at our school, and there are a range of activities in progress to focus our attention on the importance of health and safety in our working environment.  Community Garda Alan Thompson spoke to First and Second year assemblies about personal safety.  Third years also had a talk about health and first aid, and Sixth years will hear about environmental health and safety on Friday morning.  This is a week where we are all especially aware of health and safety in the classroom and are taking the time to put a special emphasis on it during lessons this week.  


Congratulations to the CCA under 15 boy’s soccer team, who beat Dublin Oak Academy last week 3-1 in a nail-biting match. Thomas Kearns was man of the match for his fantastic display and teamwork.  The all-crucial goals were scored by Ryan Heffernan, Dillon Carthy and Michael Coughlan.  We eagerly await the next match, the semi-final of the Wicklow/Wexford under 15 league, where we will play either Gorey Community College or Wexford Vocational College.  


The senior boys’ Gaelic football team once again made their way across the Wicklow Gap to Baltinglass but unlike their encounter in November, the CCA team were defeated by a performance from the west Wicklow lads.  Aodhan Garvey, Eoghan Marah, Stephen Davis and Dylan Forde deserve a special mention for their spirited and committed displays.  Man of the match goes to Stuart Synnott for an excellent performance in the middle of the park – he even managed to slot in a well worked goal in Bernard Brogan style.  Well done to the team and to Coach Mr Ryan.  


Training for the girls’ basketball team will recommence this Wednesday, 16th January.  New members are always welcome so come along to the hall at 2pm to join Ms Cummins and her players.  


On Monday 14th January the Coláiste Chraobh Abhann Board of Management will hold their first meeting of 2013.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the board for their continued support and commitment which is so important to our school.


We look forward to welcoming the parents and guardians of our First year students to their parent-teacher meeting next Thursday 17th January, at 4.15pm.  Our First year students have had a very successful first term, making the transition from primary to second-level.  We wish them well for the rest of the school year.

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