28th September 2012


Work is proceeding apace on this year’s school musical, “All Shook Up!” and students are starting to feel the excitement of another school production in the works.  Last week, came the exciting moment when the cast list was issued.  Well done to all those who got roles, and to the members of the chorus who will be singing their hearts out to all those Elvis Presley hits!  Rehearsals are starting in earnest now, and cast members will be getting to grips with their scripts, their dance moves and their songs.  We look forward to hearing from them with another update soon.



Coláiste Chraobh Abhann’s budding orators are preparing themselves to perform onstage next month: a group of students from all years will travel to the National Library in Dublin to perform poems for the Poetry Aloud Competition in mid October.  These students are all currently rehearsing a range of poems by Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats and Wilfred Owen which they will recite from memory.  We hope that they will do well and qualify for the Leinster heats.  Last year Anna Mudziejewska gave a winning performance that gained her first prize in her category.



Our Sixth year mentoring programme will get underway next week.  The programme matches each Sixth year student with a teacher who shares their interests, over a two-year period. With the support of the guidance counsellor, this programme provides an extra source of advice and help to students during the difficult process of making their CAO choices. The student, with their parents, will sit down with the mentor for an initial meeting in October, which is followed up by three further meetings during the school year.  Student mentees are encouraged to help their mentor set the agenda for their meetings, and follow up independently on research, meeting project deadlines and improving study techniques.  We wish all our mentors and mentees well in their work this year.



Our Transition Years have been taking part in a variety of activities this past week: the male students went to Croke Park for a scoreline tour while the girls went to the RDS for a beauty seminar.  Both activities were thoroughly enjoyed by the students.  TY students also benefited from a very informative and thought provoking talk from the ISPCC, about childhood issues and the work of the charity helpline, ‘Childline’.  The TYs will be selling holly to raise funds for the ISPCC later in the term.  Students will also be attending a performance of ‘Psycho Spaghetti’, a play about teenage life, in the Laughter Lounge in Dublin.



We are delighted to announce the launch of our school debating programme for 2012/13.  Our English students have proven themselves to be great debaters, and this year all 1st, 2nd and TY classes will be engaged in inter-class debates during the autumn term.  Each year group will have a winning class.  We look forward to the lively interaction and thought-provoking opinions these debates will produce!



Coláiste Chraobh Abhann celebrated its annual ‘Diversity week’ this week.  The week celebrates the diversity within our school community which we value very highly.  The week was full of activities and classroom learning based on the theme of diversity.  One of the highlights of the week was when our Sixth year Head Boy Eoin Codd and Head Girl Holly Neary spoke to their fellow students at assembly about the importance of respecting difference and celebrating diversity in our school.  Their words were more powerful than the words of any teacher could be, in reaching out to their peers.  Well done to Holly and Eoin for their valuable input.     The school also celebrated our first European Day of Languages last week.  Students investigated how many languages are spoken at our school, and the origins of these languages in Europe.  A great array of posters and multi-lingual signs adored the school walls.  Students were encouraged to speak in different languages, and find out the languages that their fellow students could speak.

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