22nd February 2013


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!


Well done to everyone who took part in this year’s ‘Healthy Eating Week’ at CCA. Each day during the week had its own theme, starting last Tuesday with ‘Healthy Breakfasts’. Wednesday’s theme was increasing our consumption of water and reducing fizzy drinks. On Thursday, students concentrated on the theme of eating 5+ Fruit and Veg, with the goal of having one extra piece of fruit/veg a day. On Friday the theme was limiting the amount of fast food we consume. Posters with information on the fat content of fast food and information about the dangers of over consumption of fizzy drinks were displayed around the school. Information and YouTube clips were given to tutors to show students during tutor time. Peer mentors spoke to 1st year groups during SPHE class on Healthy Eating. Power Points were displayed on monitors throughout school daily. A breakfast club available to students from Wednesday to Friday in the Home Economics room from 8.15-8.45am. Healthy snacks were available in the GP area: fresh fruit, smoothies and a variety of seeds. Competitions were organised during the week for students to test their food knowledge. Many thanks to Ms Walsh and the Home Economics team for organising this informative and fun week.


Many thanks to the parents, guardians and students who attended last week’s parent-teacher-student meeting. Transition Year is an important year in the overall development of each student, and allows our students to explore new subjects, and work individually and as part of different teams on projects and competitions. We look forward to Exhibition Night at the end of the school year when students showcase their year’s work.


The CCA savers are out in force this week! Our own TY Credit Union has been set up in association with Greystones and District Credit Union. The TY Credit Union will be open at lunchtime on Fridays in the Music Drama Room. New and existing members are encouraged to save with the school credit union and will be rewarded with a bonus €5 deposit to their account upon opening or with their first lodgement in school. We are also very excited to announce details of our Poster Competition. The competition is open to all students, First prize is €100 and the runner up prize is €50. The winning poster will also be displayed in the branches of Greystones and District Credit Union. Posters should be given to Ms Donnelly or any member of the TY Credit Union team. The theme of the competition is "Dreams come through with the Credit Union".


Our Sixth year LCVP students continued their assessments for this subject by completing their recorded interview part of the portfolio for the 2013 Leaving Certificate exam last week. They were interviewed and recorded answering questions on themselves, their futures and their experience during the LCVP programme. They are currently putting their finishing touches for their portfolios.


This week, parents and guardians of our Third and Transition Year students will have the opportunity to be informed about the senior cycle options available to their children, at our Senior Cycle Options Information night, on Thursday 28th February. The evening will comprise 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. Students in Third year and TY are currently examining their subject options for senior cycle, and will be given information and listen to presentations from senior students about different subject areas, before making their final choices.


Students are reminded that the following after-school activities are continuing: cross-country running takes place on Wednesday. Boys’ basketball with Martin Molitor starts this week, and Mr Maher’s Second year hurlers have training. All activities take place between 2-3pm and new players are always welcome.


Transition Year students welcomed representatives of Accord, the relationship counselling service, to the school last week for a talk. The talk took place on Tuesday 19th February, from 9.30 to 12.30. Three facilitators carried out the workshop with one facilitator for each group. Accord focuses on personal and relationship growth along with emotional development of adolescents. There was a lot of group discussion and students were actively involved in the workshop. Many thanks to Ms Madden for organising the talk.

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