15th March 2013


What a fantastic week for CCA last week as we rocked to the sounds of this year’s school musical, ‘All Shook Up’. Three fantastic evening shows and two matinees were performed in the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray on Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th and Friday 15th March 2013. The cast, crew and many helpers worked together to produce three nights of really great entertainment for their audiences. One of the surprise treats of the performance was the star turn by Mr McKenna, Mr Kennedy, Ms French and Ms Armstrong on stage! The principal performers and the chorus were stars in the making at each performance, with a huge amount of energy packed into their roles and songs. Head boy and girl Eoin Codd and Holly Neary were great comperes for the show. Many thanks to everyone who spent so much time preparing for the musical, rehearsing, making costumes, props, posters, helping backstage and selling tickets. We look forward to next year’s production already!


The Second year school tour to Paris is fast approaching. This very memorable trip will take place at the beginning of the Easter holidays, with students and teachers departing from at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann on the morning of March 21st 2013. The trip will take in such sights as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, a boat trip on the river Seine and of course the highlight of the trip, a day at Euro Disney. Students are really looking forward to this opportunity to use their French which they have been preparing, in shops, restaurants and tourist sites. Many thanks to Ms Smith, Second Year head, and the Second year tutor team, for their work in preparing for the trip, and to Mr Halpin, extra-curricular coordinator, who was responsible for organising the tour. 


Go n’eirí linn! Seachtain Na Gaeilge 2013 at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann was a great success, with events going on for two weeks in recognition of this important event. The Irish department encouraged everybody, staff and students, to get involved and use the 'Cúpla Focal' to bring the language alive around the school. Comórtais postaeir agus filíocht were held, students were treated to bodhrán music in the classroom and as a great finale to the celebrations of our language and culture, last Friday students held a ceili dancing session during Irish class. Many thanks to the Irish department for organising the events and encouraging us all to use our cúpla focal! To link in to Seachtain na Gaeilge and as part of the on-going gaeilge initiative between Newtown Primary School and Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, the CCA Irish dancers, accompanied by Ms Armstrong, took part in a morning of demonstrating and performing traditional Irish dancing with the Fifth class students. Ms Armstrong and the CCA dancers also took part in an Irish dancing activity with all the children of St Catherine’s Special National School in Newcastle. Many thanks to Ms Armstrong for organising these events.


Attention all budding scientists! CCA’s ‘Science Club’ meets on Thursdays at 12.45pm in F1 science room. For anyone interested in entering competitions like ‘SciFest’ or the Young Scientist, membership of this club is a must. Anyone interest please talk to Ms O’Gara for further information.


We are eagerly awaiting the new drama production from our school’s own drama group, the CCA Players. Every year the Players, under the direction of Mr Ó’Súilleabháin and Ms Hennessy, write, produce and stage a unique play starring CCA student actors. The play is always a hugely successful event and we expect this year to be no different. The play, titled ‘Burke and Hare’ tells the story of a couple of notorious serial killers from the 1800s.


Nominations are being taken at the moment for our next year’s Senior Prefect team. Eight boys and eight girls will be awarded the prestigious roles of prefect following on student and staff nominations. These roles are a crucial part of our school system and allow these 16 students to become role models for their peers and younger students.


Well done to all the students who took part in the recent Arklow Feis, and to Robyn Phipps Rooney of Second year who was awarded a commendation by the judges. Many thanks to Ms French for organising this event.


Best of luck to our Junior and Leaving Certificate students who are doing their oral examinations for Irish and modern languages this week. After many months of preparation we wish them the very best with their results. Thanks to the teachers who have supported their students in their preparation for these exams.


This week, our Transition Year students are undertaking their second work experience placement. Students are working in such diverse areas as healthcare, media, education, sports and the food sector. Many thanks to the employers who have given of their time to allow our students such a valuable chance to experience different workplaces. This experience is a very important tool for our students when they are preparing their CAO choices in Sixth year.


We wish everyone a relaxing Easter holidays after the hard work of this past term. School will finish at 12.35pm this Friday, 22nd March, and reopen on Monday, 8th May.

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