14th September 2012


Congratulations to our Transition and Fifth Year students who received their Junior Certificate results this week.  A lot of hard work was rewarded.  Many thanks to all of our teachers who put in a huge effort to help our students achieve their results.



Congratulations to the new members of Coláiste Chraobh Abhann’s student council for this year who have just been elected. They are: Eamon Keane: Chairperson; Anna McGuinness: Vice-Chairperson; Olivia Meakin: Fundraiser co-ordinator; Lydia Sinnott-Elliott: Fundraiser co-ordinator; Katie Coleman: Secretary; Katie Merriman: Student Council promoter and assistant secretary; Keegan Heffernan: Treasurer; Caolán Doyle: Student Council Promoter and assistant treasurer; Bradley Delaney: Green Schools, Jaroslaw Blacharski: IT and Green Schools; Sarah Mohan: 1st year REP and Cian Cullen: 1st year REP.  We look forward to their hugely valuable input into the running of our school this coming academic year.



This year, Coláiste Chraobh Abhann is celebrating the European Day of Languages with several events, including projects on the different cultures represented in our school, a cooking demonstration and music, posters and signs around our school in all of the different languages spoken.  We look forward to celebrating our multi-cultural environment. This day is an initiative by the Council of Europe to remind us of the importance of language learning, and to encourage learning outside as well as inside the classroom.



Call-backs for the 2012 Coláiste Chraobh Abhann school musical, “All Shook Up!” took place last week and the cast list for this year’s show will be issued shortly.  Students who are not given main parts will be very welcome as part of the chorus.  We are really looking forward to this year’s show, and we hope it will be as much fun as always!



Our TY Enterprise students got a ‘kick-start’ last week when Jacqui McNabb from Business Solutions visited the school to deliver a “kick-start talk” and idea generation workshop to transition year students on setting up their own mini companies.  The real-life experience that students gain in Transition Year, dealing with the excitement and the challenge of setting up and running an actual business is invaluable, in preparing them for Leaving Cert and also as giving them a taste of entrepreneurship for their own future.

Geraldine Cassidy from AIB in Greystones also visited the school on Thursday 6th September to speak to the students about setting up their own branch. The students are in the process of applying for management positions and setting up a school bank.



Our Transition Years enjoyed the good weather on their two day trip to Causey Farm near Slane, Co. Meath. The students took part in everyday farming activities including milking cows and baking bread.  This was a fantastic team-building activity. Many thanks to the TY tutors, Mr Kennedy and Mr McKenna for supporting the students on their trip.



They’re back!  The girl’s football team has started training with Ms Doyle, every Wednesday after school, from 2 – 3pm.  Please ask Ms Doyle for more information, or come along on Wednesdays after school. All are welcome and anyone who thinks they might like to take part should come along and give it a try.



There will be a lunchtime badminton club for First Year boys every Thursday lunchtime in the PE hall, with Ms Downey.  There are limited places so please contact Ms Downey if you are interested.



Girls’ basketball training is starting back this term, with Ms Cummins, every Wednesday from 2 – 3pm.  All are welcome.



Three of our senior boys – David Crosbie, Stephen McGuiness and Ciarán Lawless - have been shortlisted for this year’s Leinster Schools Under 18 team.  Places on this team, representing the best of Irish schools soccer, are much coveted, and we are delighted that the boys have gotten this far.  Best of luck to them in the final selection which will take part in coming weeks.



This year’s drama production by the CCA players will be based on the exploits of the serial killers Burke and Hare, who terrorised Edinburgh in the 1820s with a series of murders.  This grisly story will be penned by CCA English teacher Mr O’Súilleabháin, and co-directed and produced with his colleague Ms Hennessy.   We look forward to another superb production from our resident players.


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