23rd November 2012


Coláiste Chraobh Abhann are very excited to welcome Bobby Kerr, the entrepreneur and Dragon from ‘Dragon’s Den’ to our school on Thursday 29th November, as part of ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ week. He will facilitate an enterprise workshop and give a talk to students. As part of this event, our new school website will be launched. The rest of Enterprise week has a packed schedule. Starting last Thursday and Friday, 22nd and 23rd November, the Transition year mini-companies exhibited in Bank of Ireland, Greystones. On Monday, First year business studies took part in an enterprise workshop. On Wednesday Sixth year business and accounting students took part in an enterprise workshop and welcomed a guest speaker on franchising. Ms Sheelagh Daly, CEO of Wicklow Enterprise Board, also spoke to Sixth year LCVP students about enterprise as a career option, and Ms Anne Michelle McDonald, “the worm woman”, spoke to the Fifth year LCVP class about entrepreneurship. Bobby Kerr’s visit on Thursday was topped off by a specially organised trip for First year students to Kilcoole credit union, to find out first-hand about the workings of a credit union for its members. Many thanks to Mr Farrell for his work organising these activities. 


Our Transition year students are delighted to be taking part in a specially-designed ‘Youth Leadership programme’ organised by Greystones Toastmasters. The Toastmasters volunteers are doing a series of eight workshops with TY students every Friday, focusing on improving and developing speaking skills, on a variety of themes and in different settings. Each session builds up the students’ skills and self-awareness in relation to communicating and speaking in public, including work on impromptu speaking, preparing and delivering a speech, listening, gestures and voice. Many thanks to Mairéad, Cormac and Brendan from Greystones Toastmasters for facilitating this wonderful opportunity for our students. 


We were delighted to welcome fifth and sixth class pupils and their teachers from Kilcoole Primary School, Newtownmountkennedy Primary School and St. Francis National School in Newcastle for our annual primary school transition programme at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann last Wednesday, 21st November. The students enjoyed a very varied day at CCA, listening to musical recitals by our students, including the Transition Year choir, and sampling subjects. Our teachers acted as ‘tour guides’ for the students as they visited science labs, PE hall, practical rooms and classrooms. Mr Eivers welcomed the students in our GP area, and spoke to them about the ethos and atmosphere at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, and the high expectations we have for our students. 


Well done to all the boys who took part in last week’s win against Baltinglass in the Senior Gaelic Football championship. The epic journey through the meandering hills of the Wicklow Gap didn’t dampen the spirits of the CCA lads who went on to win the game by 1-16 to 2-10. It was a fine team performance but special mention goes to Kyle Flynn in goal, Conor Short at full back and Stephen Davis at midfield, all of whom put in excellent performances. Man of the Match goes to Lee Dutton at centre forward whose precise passing and accurate shooting helped to propel the team to a memorable win.

The under-16 junior Gaelic players enjoyed a great day last Thursday at their blitz in Bray with Mr Ryan. The players really enjoyed themselves and everyone took part in what was a really fun event. 


Well done to our Fifth year students, who spent a week out on work experience, to help them focus on career objectives and third level study options for their Leaving Certificate. This week was an invaluable help to them, as a way to find out about different career areas hands-on, and gain advice and the perspective of mentors in the workplace. We would like to say a very big thank you to all the employers who facilitated this week for our students. Many thanks also to Ms Driver for her coordination of the week. 


We look forward to welcoming our Sixth year students and their parents to our annual information evening this evening, Wednesday 28th November. This evening is an important opportunity for parents to further acquaint themselves with college entry systems, grant applications and the study and preparation path which their child is on during sixth year. 


Our parent-teacher-student meeting for Second year students takes place next Thursday, 6th December, at 4.15pm. We look forward to meeting the parents and guardians of our Second year students, to discuss their academic and personal progress at school. The parent-teacher-student format allows for the student to take an active part in discussions about their studies and progress at school, and allows them to take personal responsibility for their actions and to plan their progress together with their parents and teachers.

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