12th October 2012


Coláiste Chraobh Abhann staff and students took part in a very memorable ten kilometre walk last Wednesday, to mark the start of the celebrations of the school’s tenth anniversary.  Students left the school at 11am, taking a route down towards the beach at Kilcoole.  Junior students took a route through Newcastle and senior students walked along the coast to Greystones and back to the school via Charlesland.  A small number of students with reduced mobility walked to the graveyard in Kilcoole.  The outing was hugely enjoyed by all participants.  We would like to say a special thank you to the parents, members of the Parents Council and the Chair of our Board of Management, Mr Tom Fortune, who accompanied us on the walk and prepared refreshments for the returning staff and students. Thanks also to the staff team of Ms Smith, Ms O’Gara, Ms Nolan and Mr Maher for their organisation of this most enjoyable event.



Transition Year students have had another week full of activities, including a special appreciation of the power of music and song to improve mental health, by celebrating National Choral Singing Week as part of World Mental Health Week.  Ms Armstrong, the music teacher, gathered the Transition Year students together to listen to the school choir sing two pieces as a reminder of the importance and uplifting value of music in the workplace.  TY students were given a presentation on tips for good mental health and on healthy eating and how that relates to good mental health. Ms Armstrong spoke about the importance of being resilient, having the courage to be yourself and to be imperfect, but to also recognise your own individual achievements.  Students were encouraged to take time out for themselves, to accept who they are and not to judge themselves harshly, but instead to set realistic goals and keep things in perspective.  A healthy diet and good friendships were equally important to good mental health, she added.   Many thanks to Ms Armstrong for organising this activity.



TY students are currently on work experience, for a two week period up until the mid-term break.  Students have secured placements in a variety of public and private sector job placements, in education, media, healthcare, accountancy, retail and many more.  We would like to wish our TY students well in what we hope will be a very valuable learning experience in the world of work.



This week our students are celebrating their annual ‘Maths Week’.  This is a week where students take part in various maths-related activities, particularly activities which give them the chance to see how maths can be applied to everyday situations and be a useful tool for everyday life.  Each morning, the Maths department will set a ‘Problem of the Day’ which all members of our school community will be encouraged to solve. There will also be a Junior quiz and other activities during the week.



Preparations are ongoing for this year’s annual ‘Open Night’ where we welcome prospective and current parents and members of our community to visit our school.  This year, as Coláiste Chraobh Abhann celebrates its 10th year, will be a special night.  Students and staff will be showcasing the range of academic, extra-curricular and sporting activities which take place in our school, as well as the work of our student council, our choir, dancing, drama and the many more roles our students play in their rich and diverse school life. We will be welcoming past pupils to visit their former school on this special anniversary, and look forward to a memorable evening.



Many thanks to the parents and guardians of our Sixth Year students who took part in last week’s parent-teacher-student meeting and mentoring evening.  Each sixth year student and parent had a chance to discuss their areas of career interest and possible CAO options with their mentor teacher, as well as how to best approach their study for the coming months.  We would like to thank all our teachers for the work they are doing to prepare our Sixth Years for their final exams, and we look forward to working with parents to support all our students.



Work is proceeding apace on this year’s school musical, “All Shook Up!” by cast members who are getting to grips with their scripts, their dance moves and their songs.  We wish them well in their hard work and look forward to seeing the final show early next year.



Congratulations to our senior debaters, who took part in a workshop to enhance their debating skills in Trinity College, Dublin, recently. Angelica Einstein, Orlaith de Paor, Gabriella Kastriti, Jaroslaw Blacharski, Áine McCarthy, Sinead O’Connor, Conor Eivers and Alannah Bellamy took part in the workshop, where members of TCD’s Philosophical Society coached them in debating techniques.  The students then took part in a debate on the motion, “That this House would lie to its citizens in time of war”.  The students will enter a debating competition run by TCD in the New Year.  We wish them the very best of luck. Many thanks to Ms O’Driscoll for organising this activity.



Coláiste Chraobh Abhann was delighted to welcome Dr David Jordan to our school last week to speak to students who work with our Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) unit.   Dr Jordan has a doctorate from Trinity College, Dublin, in Geology, and has Asperger’s Syndrome.  He spoke about the social and organisational difficulties encountered by students with Asperger’s Syndrome at second level.  We would like to thank Dr Jordan for his inspiring talk, and we are delighted to announce that he will be returning to the school on Thursday 25th October at 3.10pm to meet the parents of our ASD students.  It will be a great opportunity for parents to meet and share ideas at the end of our first half term and all are welcome.  Many thanks to Ms Mitchell for organsing this talk.

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