12th April 2013


Many thanks to the staff members who made our annual school tour to Paris such a very memorable trip for all who travelled. Second year students and teachers departed from Coláiste Chraobh Abhann on the morning of March 21st 2013, and arrived in Paris where they embarked on a city tour. They travelled the river Seine on a night cruise, and spent the day at Euro Disney. Many thanks to Mr Halpin, the extra-curricular coordinator, Ms Smith, Second Year head, and the Second year tutor team, for their work in preparing for this trip.


Best of luck to our six Transition year students who will compete in the national final of the AIB Build a Bank Challenge this week! The team of Alannah Bellamy, Sinead O'Connor, Conor Eivers, Cillian Molloy, Katie Coleman and Laura Flood set up their school bank, 'Scrumptious Savings', inspired by the theme of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and won the regional final of the competition last month. The students received a cash prize for themselves and the school. They will compete against the top student banks in Ireland for a chance to win €5000 in prizes. Many thanks to Mr Farrell for his support of our students in this enterprise. 


We are eagerly awaiting this year’s drama production from the CCA Players, our school’s drama group. Every year the Players, under the direction of Mr Ó’Súilleabháin and Ms Hennessy, produce and stage a unique play starring CCA student actors. This year’s play, titled ‘Burke and Hare’, written by English teacher Mr Ó’Súilleabháin, is set in Edinburgh in 1827. Two Irishmen, William Burke and William Hare are struggling to find work in a city ravished by poverty and disease, and turn to desperate measures to survive. Based on a true story, the dark tale gives us a frightening insight into the world of the grave-robber and the mind of the serial killer! The play will run for three nights at the Knights Theatre, Newcastle, from the 16th-18th of April. The Coláiste Chraobh Abhann Players was founded in 2005 to cater for students who have an interest in acting and production. They have staged plays including The Riddle Man, I Do Not Like Thee Dr Fell, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, How Many Miles to Babylon? and The Dumb Waiter. They have won numerous awards in the Arklow Drama Festival including best play, and best actor. 


Well done to Maciej Goszczycki, who has recently won third place at a computer programming competition aimed at third level undergraduate and postgraduate students. This is an outstanding achievement for a Third year student. Maciej will also be competing in June for a place at the International Olympiad of Informatics, to be held in Australia in the autumn. Maciej represented Ireland last year at this event, and is also a national winner of a coderdojo competition run for young programmers. 


CCA is gearing up for our annual prize day, which will take place on Friday 17th May. On this day, senior and junior students are recognised for their contributions to the school and our community in a wide variety of prizes, including academic, sporting, leadership, entrepreneurship, civic, cultural, musical and artistic categories. We are always delighted to welcome members of our board of management and local community to what is an important reminder of the commitment and talents of our students at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann. 


Twenty of our TY students enjoyed a unique cultural experience last week as they travelled to Wurzburg, Germany, to visit our partner school, the Reimenschneider Gymnasium. Students spent time with their German counterparts, attending school and also visiting Wurzburg and its surrounding area on this social and cultural exchange. The German teachers and students visited our school last October. Many thanks to Ms Hudson, Mr Kennedy and Ms Buckley for their work in coordinating the exchange. 


Irish oral examinations for Leaving Certificate students are taking place this week, followed by French next week. We wish all our students the best of luck in this part of their language examinations. Many thanks to Ms Toulliou and Martin, our French language assistant, for their invaluable help in preparing students for the exam. 


This week is literacy and numeracy week at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann. Our school has a continued commitment to enhancing the levels of literacy and numeracy of our students, across all curricular areas. As part of the week, students will be challenged by daily numeracy tasks and quizzes, and encouraged to develop their awareness of literacy and numeracy as key life skills. Coláiste Chraobh Abhann strongly supports the national goals of increased the literacy and numeracy levels of Irish students. 


Fifth year history students, accompanied by Ms Cowap, spent an afternoon at the National Archives in Dublin, as part of the research component of their senior cycle history studies. Students are expected to undertake an individual project of their choice as part of their Leaving Certificate history course, and this trip was a great opportunity for students to become researchers for a day and see the real-life application of their knowledge of history.

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