22nd March


Well done to the First year girls’ Camogie team who reached the finals of the indoor Camogie blitz in Aughrim recently. A great team effort by all players and a special mention to Jade Byrne for her great performance. Camogie training continues on Mondays on the school pitch from 4-5pm. Thanks to Ms Donnelly for her hard work with the team. Congratulations also to the girls under 15 soccer team who had a great run recently. Although unfortunate with some results the team’s efforts, commitment and attitude were always fantastic. This was evident in the numbers for training and matches which were always over 23 players at least. This definitely bodes well for the future for girls’ football in the school. The highlight of the season was a great cup run of which the best of was a brilliant 3-1 win against a very good Loreto Bray team last month. They eventually were beaten in the quarter finals by an excellent St Killian’s. Some of the top performers during the season were Captain Aisling McDonald who also scored some great goals, Lauren Nolan, Simone and Olivia Meakin, Shauna Murtagh, Analiese Dunne and Holly Martin. There were some very impressive performances from the first year girls on the team also. A big thank you to Ms French for her help during the season and Mr Rice for his inspiring coaching. The season will finish with a girls indoor tournament after Easter.


The Second year school tour to Paris was a very memorable trip for all who travelled. Students and teachers departed from Coláiste Chraobh Abhann on the morning of March 21st 2013. They arrived in Paris and went on a city tour, visiting many historic Parisian sights including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees. Other outings included a boat trip on the river Seine and of course the highlight of the trip, a day at Euro Disney! Many thanks to Mr Halpin, the extra-curricular coordinator, Ms Smith, Second year head, and the Second year tutor team, for their work in preparing for this trip.


Congratulations to the six TYs from Coláiste Chraobh Abhann who have won the regional final of the AIB Build a Bank Challenge! The team of Alannah Bellamy, Sinead O'Connor, Conor Eivers, Cillian Molloy, Katie Coleman and Laura Flood set up their school bank, 'Scrumptious Savings', inspired by the theme of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The students received a cash prize for themselves and the school and they now go onto the National Final where they will compete against the top student banks in Ireland for a chance to win €5000 in prizes. Many thanks to Mr Farrell for his support of our students in this enterprise.


We are also hugely looking forward to this year’s drama production from our school’s own drama group, the CCA Players. 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, is 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. Based on a true story, the dark tale gives us a frightening insight into the world of the grave-robber and the mind of the serial killer! The play will run for three nights at the Knights Theatre, Newcastle, 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.


Attention all budding scientists! CCA’s ‘Science Club’ meets on Thursdays at 12.45pm in F1 science room. For anyone interested in entering competitions like ‘SciFest’ or the Young Scientist, membership of this club is a must. Anyone interest please talk to Ms O’Gara for further information.


We have benefited greatly this term from the work done by our Comenius French language assistant, Martin Molitor. Martin, from Belgium, has become a valued member of our French Department and has taken part in many extra-curricular activities with students, including coaching the boys’ basketball team. Martin has helped our French students in preparing for their oral exams, and has brought new ideas to our language classrooms. We wish Martin the very best of luck with his studies in education and languages and his future teaching career.


Many thanks to all the employers who provided a week of very valuable work experience for our Transition Year students this week. The opportunities provided, in the areas of media, business, retail, food and childcare, to name a few, have allowed our students to experience the world of work in a way that will give them a very practical guideline for their working futures. Many thanks to Ms Driver for helping students with their work placements.


We wish all our students, staff and parents a relaxing Easter break. School will reopen on Monday, 8th April.

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