16th November 2012


This week we are delighted to welcome fifth and sixth class pupils and their teachers from Kilcoole Primary School, Newtownmountkennedy Primary School and St. Francis National School in Newcastle for our annual primary school transition programme. The students from each school will spend the day at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann sampling our comprehensive range of subjects and facilities and viewing our facilities. They will have the opportunity to meet several of our teachers who will act as ‘tour guides’ for the students, bringing them on a tour of our building and our classrooms. Students will get a chance to sample subjects and take part in organised activities. This is always a very enjoyable event and an ideal way for the primary students to get a real sense of the second-level school environment.



Congratulations to the CCA Junior Camogie team who had a very comprehensive victory over Coláiste Chill Mhantáin in Kilcoole last Monday. There were some lovely passages of play as well as some great individual displays. Special mentions to Rachel Rugg, Anneliese Dunne, Robyn Rooney, Caitlin O'Toole and Leanne Carlin Hannon. The team will now face a tough match away to Dominican on Friday 23rd November. Training continues for all players every Monday from 4-5pm on the school pitch. Thanks to Frances Kearns from the County Board for her help with training. Thanks also to Ms Donnelly for her work with the team. Congratulations also to Stephen McGuinness of Fifth year who recently represented the school for Leinster in the inter-provincial tournament in the AUL complex. Although they were unfortunately defeated eventually, Stephen played very well in goal for Leinster.



A big congratulations also to three of our senior boys who have become the first in the school's history to be called up for Irish international schools trials which are taking place of the next few weeks. Stephen McGuiness, Ciaran Lawless and David Crosbie of Fifth year are the three students called for trials and we wish them the best of luck competing amongst the best players in the country. Stephen McGuinness recently narrowly missed out on a call up to the Irish Uunder-18 international squad for the match in Switzerland. Hopefully next time he will receive his international cap that his recent performances merit. Good luck to all the boys’ soccer teams as they enter a busy and important period of matches leading up to Christmas. Hopefully with a bit of luck they can all be successful this year!



Last week Coláiste Chraobh Abhann celebrated its annual ‘Science week’. Students took part in a range of activities and event during the course of the week. The science department held a special competition, focusing on the theme of ‘Everyday Experimenting’. Students were invited to make a video of an everyday experiment, to upload it to YouTube and email the link to their science teacher. The best video will win a prize – more details shortly!



We are delighted to announce that Killian Carlin Hannon of Second year took part in a highly competitive taekwondo challenge in Barcelona last weekend and came first in the sparring category. Killian, who is working towards achieving his black belt in taekwondo-do, was competing in a keenly fought category against students from Belgium, Italy, Spain, Germany and the UK for his win. Killian is a member of East Coast Taekwondo and has won several competitions in Ireland and the UK already. He is now building on his success to compete in the European championships in Barcelona next year. Well done Killian and we look forward to following your achievements in the future.



Students and staff had the chance to see the Olympic torch up close last week when local community member Ms Paula Bradley brought the torch into our school. Students had the chance to hold and view the torch, which has thousands of tiny holes to represent the thousands of people who held it on its historic journey.



Many thanks to the parents, students, staff and members of our local community who attended last week’s remembrance service. It was a beautiful service by which to remember those who we have lost. Many thanks to Fr Liam Belton for his words and to Ms Madden, Ms Armstrong and Mr McKenna for organising this service.



First year students enjoyed a recent orienteering trip with Ms Connolly. They took part in a ‘Star’ Orienteering Competition – so called because the centre point of the activity is in the middle of the area covered, and students go in and come back, making the shape of a star. Students had an answer sheet with 24 different boxes and they were each given a different map which brought them to a control point. When they reached the control point they punched the appropriate box and then returned to the central point to get a new map. There were 24 different routes in total all within the school grounds. Although the weather was damp and foggy it was a great success. Well done to all those who took part.


It’s that time of year again! The TY students have begun to sell their products to staff and students this week, following on their recent, very successful, marketing and promotions drive. Six different companies will each exhibit in the GP area at lunch time over the next two weeks. More news on our entrepreneurs in coming weeks as they compete for awards for their companies.



Our Fifth year Leaving Certificate Applied class are looking forward to their week of work experience, starting on Monday 26th November. The students will have a chance to try a range of jobs as part of the process of deciding on future career options. We wish them the best of luck. The LCA students will also be taking part in an overnight trip to Killary Adventure Centre as part of their task work this Thursday. This trip is a very enjoyable experience for the students, and allows them to take on organisational responsibilities and bond as a group.



We look forward to welcoming our Sixth year students and their parents to our annual information evening on Wednesday 28th November. This evening is an important opportunity for parents to further acquaint themselves with college entry systems, grant applications and the study and preparation path which their child is on during sixth year.


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