19th April


Coláiste Chraobh Abhann celebrated its first annual Literacy and Numeracy week last week, to strengthen our continued commitment to enhancing the levels of literacy and numeracy of our students, across all curricular areas. As part of the week, students were challenged by daily numeracy tasks and quizzes, and encouraged to develop their awareness of literacy and numeracy as key life skills. One of the highlights of the week was a competition for students entitled ‘the Six Word Story’, which encouraged our student writers to condense their imaginations to produce a story told using just six words. The results of this story competition and the poetry competition will be announced shortly.


Girls’ Gaelic training and boys’ basketball training – a reminder to players that both are continuing this week. All students are eagerly awaiting our annual sports day coming soon in May. This event is always a hugely enjoyable day and a wonderful showcase of our school’s sporting and athletic talent. 


Ms Driver’s Fifth year Agricultural science class will be attending a research day at Grange Research Farm, in Dunsany, Co. Meath, on Friday 26th April. This trip is part of their course work for this subject. The students are looking forward to the practical element of this subject. 


Well done to all our Leaving Certificate Irish students who worked so hard and performed very well in the Irish oral examinations which were held last week. Many thanks to the Irish teachers who took so much time to help students with extra preparation. This week, French students are taking their final oral exams. We would like to thank our French teachers for all their support of students, and in particular Martin, our French assistant, for the work he has put in helping the students to prepare for this important exam. 


Well done to Mr Ó’Súilleabháin and Ms Hennessy’s ‘CCA Players’ who staged an outstanding theatrical event over three nights last week, in the Knight’s Theatre, Newcastle. Every year the Players, under the direction of Mr Ó’Súilleabháin and Ms Hennessy, produce and stage a unique play starring CCA student actors. This year’s play, titled ‘Burke and Hare’, written by English teacher Mr Ó’Súilleabháin, was set in Edinburgh in 1827. Two Irishmen, William Burke and William Hare are struggling to find work in a city ravished by poverty and disease, and turn to desperate measures to survive. The play will run for three nights, from the 16th-18th of April. The Coláiste Chraobh Abhann Players was founded in 2005 to cater for students who have an interest in acting and production. They have staged plays including The Riddle Man, I Do Not Like Thee Dr Fell, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, How Many Miles to Babylon? and The Dumb Waiter. They have won numerous awards in the Arklow Drama Festival including best play, and best actor. 


Thirty of our students are eagerly awaiting their trip to Sweden, as part of our on-going Comenius partnership with a Swedish school. The partnership is based around music, and many of the students are members of the school choir, and have prepared some beautiful songs for performing with their Swedish partners. All students travelling are also taking part in a course of Swedish language and cultural study. 


We will be wishing a fond farewell to our international students from Austria and Spain who have been us for the year at the end of May. These students, who have contributed to hugely to our school community throughout their year here, will be presented with a coin each as a token of our appreciation for their contribution to the school in classes and extra-curricular activities. These coins will be presented to students at assemblies the last week before the summer exams commence. 


Well done to our Third year Home Economics students who were tested on their culinary skills in their Junior Cert practical examinations this week. The students prepared a range of dishes for the examiner. Well done to all for their hard work and many thanks to the efforts of their Home Economics teachers who supported them for the week’s exams. 

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