26th October 2012


Many thanks to all who participated in our 10th anniversary celebration of Open Night last Thursday evening.  It was a great success, with a wide range of activities and student achievements on show.  Highlights included the displays in the metalwork and woodwork rooms, the art rooms, the science laboratory and many of the classrooms where our wide range of subjects were displayed.  In the Home Economics kitchen, visitors were encouraged to browse exhibits of student work, and sample some delicious cooking.  In the music room, Ms Armstrong and the CCA school choir gave a beautiful performance.  The atmosphere was electric and visitors, staff, parents and students had a fantastic night.



Twenty German students and two teachers visited CCA recently as part of our on-going German exchange programme.  They spent the day in school where they got to try Gaelic games with Ms Doyle, to enjoy a trad performance with students in Ms Armstrong’s music class, and got to try their hand in the Engineering room making a small project with Mr Kennedy.  After lunch in the school, they then did the cliff walk from Greystones, and sampled traditional fish and chips on their arrival in Bray.



Our Fifth year Leaving Certificate Applied students are continuing their historical research on Kilcoole village as part of their Social Education class. Led by their teacher, Ms Cluskey, the class recently visited two historical sites in Kilcoole, the old graveyard and church and the ‘Rock’, which overlooks the sea and has been a place of shelter throughout history.  Carrying out this active learning has helped the class to properly understand the significance and local context of what they are researching.  Many thanks to Ms Cluskey for organising this activity.



We look forward to meeting parents and guardians of our Third year students on Thursday, 8th November for the forthcoming parent-teacher-student meeting. This meeting is a very important part of the Third year calendar, because it gives parents and students the opportunity to reflect on how students are progressing towards their Junior Certificate.  Students will have the opportunity to discuss how effective their study is, and how to improve their grades, after having completed a programme of study during the mid-term break. 



Third year CSPE students took part in an action project last week in which they welcomed Lorna Cahalin, from the Oireachtas Outreach Education Programme, to the school for a talk and discussion about the work of the Houses of the Oireachtas.  Local TDs Anne Ferris, Andrew Doyle, Simon Harris and Billy Timmins also attended the talk and answered questions from students. Well done to the students on their hard work in preparation and carrying out this action project, which was very successful.  



The Student Council organised a non-uniform day in aid of Aware and Suicide or Survive, two important charities.  Students paid €3 of a donation to the charities on the day, and €1500 was raised. Many thanks to Mr O’Súilleabháin for his work in supporting the Student Council.



A big well done to the Ashford under 16s who beat Rathnew in Newtown yesterday.  Thomas Kearns, Aaron Meath and Sean Duffy played extremely well.  Adam Hill won man of the match with Robert Clarkson captaining the team for the great win. The final score was 4-7 to 2-2. Come on the black and amber!



Congratulations to Maciej Goszczycki, Peter Kinsella and Jaroslaw Blacharski who won the trip to Google as part of our recent Maths week.  The three students will spend the day at Google headquarters in Dublin.  We will report back on their experience shortly! Also congratulations to Jade Byrne of First year who won the CCA by numbers competition.



Huge congratulations to Anna Mudziejewska who came sixth in yesterday’s National ‘Poetry Aloud’ competition in Dublin.  Anna beat off stiff competition with her beautiful poem recital to win sixth place.  Well done also to Oscar Hancock, Claire Greene, Siobhan Creavin, Elsbieta Blacharska, Josh Loveridge, Eva Michaelis and Jarek Blacharska who all recited two poems by heart and were wonderful representatives of our school.



We wish all our staff, students and parents a restful and safe Halloween break.  This has been a busy half term, with a huge variety of academic and extra-curricular activities taking place.  A sincere thanks to our staff for their enthusiasm and hard work with our students. We look forward to seeing everyone on November 5th.

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