1st March 2013


Coláiste Chraobh Abhann welcomed a group of teachers and students from our German exchange school in Würzburg to the school last week for the Irish part of the annual exchange between our schools.  The students arrived on Wednesday 27th February, and spent the afternoon at school taking part in activities in Metalwork and Home Economics.  On Thursday, the group visited Dublin, taking in the Guinness Storeshouse, Trinity College and the Book of Kells.  Friday was the day for a visit to Glendalough, where they saw several sites of historical interest and took part in a guided walk.   On Friday night, the students met at the school to take part in our annual ‘Stay Awake’ fundraiser.   On Saturday, the students spent the day with their host families, and went bowling in Bray on Saturday evening.  After a relaxing day on Sunday with their host families, our German visitors spent Monday morning at CCA, hosting a morning meeting to evaluate the exchange and discuss the return visit of Irish students to Würzburg and taking a short walk, followed by a ‘good bye’ lunch before departing for their airport on Monday afternoon.  The visit was hugely enjoyed by all who took part.  Many thanks to Ms Hudson, Mr Kennedy and Ms Buckley for their work in making it possible.


Congratulations to our Third year student, Maciej Goszczycki, who is through to the final round of the All-Ireland Programming Competition organised by DCU.  Maciej and five other finalists will now compete for two available places to represent Ireland at the International Olympiad in Informatics in Australia later this year.  Maciecj represented Ireland at this international event last year, and was the winner of Coder Dojo’s ‘Coolest Project’ this year.  We wish him the best of luck in the final. 


Senior students at CCA put on a very informative and enjoyable event last Wednesday to showcase the range of subject options available for the Leaving Certificate cycle.  Third and Transition year students browsed different stands manned by students of each subject, viewing project work and asking questions about the different subjects.  Many thanks to the senior LCVP students for their work in preparing the event, and to Mr Farrell and Mr Hughes for their support.  


Many thanks to the parents and guardians of our Third and Transition Year students who attended our Senior Cycle Options Information night, on Thursday 28th February.  The evening comprised of presentations about the traditional Leaving Certificate, the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme and the Leaving Certificate Applied programme, as well as information about the expected outcomes and career and further study options of each of the programmes. 


Congratulations to the First year camogie players who put on a wonderful display at the county indoor school’s blitz last week.  We won two of our three games, beating St Kevin’s and Baltinglass 2-1 and 9-0 respectively. We narrowly lost out to the Dominican College by three goals to two. Great teamwork from all involved but special mention goes to Jade Byrne on a great individual performance.  Training continues on a Monday from 4-5pm on the school pitch. 


Well done to the girls under 15 soccer team who suffered a disappointing defeat in Arklow last week, despite some great saves by goalie Jodie Byrne.  A fantastic goal was scored by Lauren Nolan and CCA were in the lead for the first half of the game.  Unfortunately, the girls from Arklow gaelscoil came back stronger.  Player of the match goes to Olivia Meakin who was fast and consistent throughout the game. 

Girls’ soccer and Gaelic training continue on Wednesdays after school and new players are always welcome.


We look forward to meeting our incoming First years on Wednesday 6th March for their individual interviews.  These interviews are a crucial early step in our integration of First years into the school.  The students will be asked about their extra-curricular interests and any questions or concerns they might have can be raised.  It is another great opportunity for them to take in the school atmosphere and become comfortable in what will be their new school environment.


Well done to the student teams behind the CCA mini companies ‘Cloud Cupcakes’ and ‘Piles of Tiles’ which have been chosen to represent the school at the Wicklow County Enterprise Board finals in Rathnew in March. They are currently preparing their business plans and writing their speeches for the finals. Best of luck to Conor, Kelly, Aaron and Cillian


Our annual Transition Year ‘stay awake’ took place at CCA last Friday night. It is a fundraiser that the students organise to raise funds for the school musical. Students were sponsored to stay awake for 24 hours.  Many thanks to the teachers who stayed awake with our students on what was a great and very worthwhile night!


A meeting of the CCA board of management took place on Monday 4th March at the school.  We would like to thank all the members of our board for their continued work and support of our school.


Our Year 1 Leaving Certificate Applied students are on their second week of work experience this week.  Our students have chosen to avail of experience of a wide range of career areas, including hairdressing, car mechanics, retail, voluntary work and primary teaching. Students will follow up this work experience session with further research in career studies class and in their reflection and planning task.  Many thanks to Ms Driver for helping students to secure placements, and to the employers who have given them this great opportunity for career and personal development.


Well done to Orlaith de Paor, Angelica Einstein and Jaroslaw Blacharski, for reaching the semi-finals of the Wicklow County Council Debating competition. Unfortunately, the team were narrowly defeated by Coláiste Chill Mhantáin in the semi-final. They all spoke very well, in favour of the motion, “that the government should incentivise the rapid development of wind energy’.  Many thanks to Ms O’Driscoll for her work with the team.


The dates for this year’s musical, ‘All Shook Up’, which will be performed in the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray, are Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th and Friday 15th March 2013. Students and staff are looking forward to a great show and the excitement is already building. Tickets are available from the Mermaid box office, on (01) 2723140, at www.mermaidartscentre.ie and through the school. We look forward to seeing everyone there!


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