14th December 2012


Our students enjoyed a very informative visit from Elverys Sports, who spent the day working with students in our PE hall last Thursday. Elverys’ staff did a presentation on the importance of proper footwear during sports and did an analysis of students’ gait, followed by advice on the correct footwear. They showed students how to do a core work-out session and a treadmill session. The day was really enjoyed by students. Thanks to Ms Connolly for organising this event. 


All our Third year students took part in Differential Aptitude Tests (DATS) last Friday. DATS is a day-long set of tests that assesses verbal, numerical, mechanical, spatial and abstract reasoning as well as spelling and language usage. It is a profiling measure which helps students decide which subjects and career areas suit them as they move forward in their school life. Thanks to Ms McDonagh and Ms Hudson for their work on this. 


Well done to the First year boys for taking part in the Co. Wicklow First year hurling blitz last week. Narrow defeats for the team but all played well and represented the school very well in cold conditions. Well done to Kieron Byrne, Cameron Cosgrave, Brian Short, Lachlan Fleming, Marwan Machaalani, Thomas Moorehouse, Adam Cummins, Christy O’Brien and Matthew Byrne. Our player of the tournament was Adam Cummins. Thanks to Mr Maher for his support of the team. 


Our Sixth year students had a visit from representatives of Aware, the organisation which supports those affected by depression. Aware were speaking to Sixth years about life issues that may affect young people such as relationships, life changes, issues that cause them stress and the importance of positive mental health. Students took part in a workshop on coping methods, dealing with everyday challenges and in particular using cognitive behavioural therapy techniques. Many thanks to Aware for facilitating this important session with students.


Well done to Sixth year student Sandra Schopf who fenced the Women’s Epee category in the Irish Fencing Open at UCD last week. Sandra was within reach of the top ten after the first round, and reached the quarter-finals but lost the fight by a hair's breadth. Sandra is delighted with her performance in a very competitive field and she will now be on the Irish National Women's Ranking. Congratulations Sandra on this fantastic achievement. 


Many thanks to the Transition Year students who coordinated this year’s St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hamper appeal. The student volunteers did fantastic work and lots of goods were donated. Many thanks to all who donated. The hampers will be handed over to St Vincent de Paul at our carol service on Friday. 


We would like to wish our students the best of luck in their forthcoming Christmas exams. This is an important time of year for assessment and focus on study habits for our students. Many thanks to all teachers for their work on preparing students throughout the term, and to parents for their on-going support of students and the school. 


Many thanks to all those who attended the recent Christmas carol service in Kilcoole church. The CCA Transition year choir was joined by the choir from Kilcoole primary school, for a beautiful seasonal service, attended by many members of our schools and local community. As a celebration of Christmas 2012 and to mark the end of the school term, students and staff of our school will also take part in our annual carol service on Friday 21st December. The school choir will sing many traditional favourites and be accompanied by several of our talented student musicians. All are welcome to this event which will start at 11.30am on Friday. Many thanks to Ms Armstrong for her work in preparing for both of these events.


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