17th May 2013


Clear weather, great enthusiasm from students and staff and even an on-site ice cream van made for a memorable annual sports day at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann last week. This day is one of the highlights of the school calendar, with a huge variety of events and activities taking place for students. There were 14 separate events: three team events and 11 for individuals, ranging from the long puc, the three legged race, tag rugby, badminton, high jump, penalty kick and a basketball shoot-out to soccer sixes and athletics, including a very hotly-contested 100m, 400m and 1500m race. All events had a separate junior and senior competition. This was a great day for the whole school community to spend outdoors, enjoying CCA’s sports facilities and spending time together as a group. 


It is a busy time of year at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, with many important end-of-year events taking place. Last Friday, our whole school community and invited guests took time to recognise the hard work and great efforts of our students, at our annual prize giving ceremony. This day is a big highlight of our school calendar, where senior and junior students are recognised for their contributions to the school and our community in a wide variety of prizes, including academic, sporting, leadership, entrepreneurship, civic, cultural, musical and artistic categories. Students were awarded academic prizes in each subject area, with a number of Sixth year students receiving perpetual awards for subjects studied in their Leaving Certificate year. There were many sporting awards, covering sports from Camogie, soccer and hurling to basketball and athletics. Individual awards were given to students who had made significant achievements outside school, including students who have won national and international recognition for sports such as tae-kwon do, fencing and soccer, and for computing, Irish dancing, music and vocal performances. 


The Fifth year Leaving Certificate Applied hotel and catering class recently completed a task which involved students producing beautifully produced and packaged home-baked ‘farmers market’ produce. The class sourced their own recipes for popular baked products such as scones, biscuit cakes, and cookies. Each student prepared three varieties of their product, and labelled and packaged them professionally. Students then wrote a report detailing their work, and the items they produced, and were interviewed about their product. The results were stunning, professional quality baked goods. Well done to the class of 5GMY and many thanks to Ms Walsh and Ms Reilly for their work with the students on this very successful task. 


The Coláiste Chraobh Abhann student council have organised a time capsule, as part of our 10th anniversary celebration of the school's opening. Included in the capsule are letters from a 1st to 6th year student, describing their experience in CCA and their hopes and wishes for where they will be in ten years’ time. There are also photos of a school day in 2013, a school newsletter and a copy of The Irish Times, dated 15th May 2013. The time capsule also includes the minutes of the Parents Association's last meeting, a tapestry made by Ms Walsh’s Home Economics class and six beautiful clay hand prints of one student from every year, made by Mr McRory and the Art class. The capsule was planted in the school garden beside the entrance with the assistance of Mr Hunt and we hope it will remain there until it is dug up in 2023, when we will invite all the staff and students back to celebrate in this event. 


Next week will see our First, Second, Transition and Fifth year students start their annual summer house examinations. Students have been preparing for these exams under the close supervision of teachers for several weeks, and we wish every student the best of luck. Practical, oral and aural exams are taking place this week. This week our Leaving Certificate Applied students are completing their oral examinations in French, Irish and English and Communications. We wish them the best of luck in these important exams. 


This Thursday, 23rd May, our Sixth year students will attend their final event at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, their graduation ceremony. This is always an emotional and heartfelt evening for students, staff and parents. Music and singing will be provided by our Transition year choir. We look forward to this evening and for the opportunity to formally wish all of our students the best of luck in their Leaving Certificate exams and for their future. 


Another event in our packed calendar is next week’s Transition year exhibition evening on Tuesday 28th May. All Transition year students get the opportunity to showcase the imaginative and varied work which they have carried out this year. From short films to mini-companies, environmental awareness projects and trips to different parts of Ireland and to Europe, students have tested themselves in a very wide variety of skills and team activities. Many thanks to TY tutors Ms French, Ms Armstrong, Ms Tarrant and Mr McKenna and to TY year head Mr Kennedy, for the huge commitment they have shown to the TY students this year. We look forward to an action-packed evening on Tuesday.

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