21st September 2012


Coláiste Chraobh Abhann celebrates its annual ‘Diversity week’ this week.  The week celebrates the diversity we have within our school community which we value very highly.  Experiencing and working in a diverse setting is a key part of the personal growth of our students.  We value every member of our school and recognise everyone’s differences as important.  During this week there are a range of activities going on, including poster and poetry competitions, speeches at assembly and guest speakers.



Our sixteen newly appointed Sixth year prefects attended a training morning last Friday with Ms Karen Carter of Arklow Springboard. Karen, who trained the Fifth year peer mentors in their roles, facilitated the training to help the prefects in developing their roles. The training was hugely valuable to the students.  Many thanks to Arklow Springboard for their continuing and valuable work for the school in this area.



The search is on!  Anyone attending school with a talent can apply for this very popular contest throughout Ireland, and Coláiste Chraobh Abhann hopes to have several students represented at the heats, which will be held in Wicklow.  The finals for the lucky heat winners will take place in the Helix theatre at DCU, hosted by celebrity presenter Brian Ormond and broadcast on TV3.  Application forms are available from Ms Armstrong in the Music Meeting room and all would-be stars are encouraged to put themselves forward!



We wish the very best to Maciej Goszczycki, one of our Third year students, who represents Ireland this week at the International Olympiad in Informatics in Italy.  Well done to Maciej for doing so well against stiff competition from around the country to gain a place at this prestigious event.  He won the All-Ireland Schools Programming Competition, at DCU, last May.



Cross-country training with Ms Connolly has started back for the new term.  Please meet Ms Connolly in the sports hall at 2pm on Wednesday if you are interested.  First year students are very welcome to join.



First and Second Year boys hurling training has commenced, with Mr Maher.  Any boys interested should join Mr Maher on the pitch between 2pm and 3pm on Wednesday. Budding Joe Cannings or Henry Sheflins welcome!



This year’s Music Outreach programme will begin its schedule of activities shortly.  Any student who is interested in taking part in the programme should contact Ms Mitchell.



This year, Coláiste Chraobh Abhann is celebrating the European Day of Languages with several events, including projects on the different cultures represented in our school, a cooking demonstration and music, posters and signs around our school in all of the different languages spoken.  We look forward to celebrating our multi-cultural environment. This day is an initiative by the Council of Europe to remind us of the importance of language learning, and to encourage learning outside as well as inside the classroom.



Our Fifth year Leaving Certificate Applied class are studying their local community as part of their social education course.  They have chosen to do some research on Kilcoole village, as everyone in the class has a link with Kilcoole through our school.  As part of this research, the class had a visit from Mr Hugh Lee, a local historian who has lived here for 34 years.  He talked about the old Woodstock Estate which was a large estate in the area and was located near the school. He also gave a fascinating description of how the Vikings had landed in Delgany and visited Kilcoole.  The class made Mr Lee very welcome. They hope to do more research by visiting the old graveyard and church in the village to learn more about the families buried there.  Many thanks to Ms Cluskey for organising this creative and informative activity.



We would like to say thank you to all the parents who attended our information evening last Thursday, 20th September.  Parents of our First year and Leaving Certificate Applied year one class came to the school to gain a deeper insight into the work their children are doing at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, and to avail of advice and information about how to support their children’s learning and development.  We look forward to meeting all the parents at further events during the school year.



Our Sixth year students enjoyed a very productive and informative day at the Higher Options conference last week.  At this time of year our Sixth years are making their all-important CAO choices and the day was a welcome chance to have a broad look at what is on offer from third-level institutions, and to focus on their options.  We wish our Sixth years the best of luck during this busy term and we look forward to supporting them in their work.  Many thanks to Ms McDonagh, our Guidance Counsellor, for organising this trip.



Auditions are taking place for a chance to take part in this year’s play from the Coláiste Chraobh Abhann Players.  The play ‘Burke & Hare’, penned by English teacher Mr O’Súilleabháin, is based on a story about a couple of notorious serial killers from the 1800s. There are five male parts, three female parts and the production is looking for behind the scene assistance also. 


Developed by MIT Education Solutions