30th November 2012


Congratulations to Kyle Corcoran, CCA Leaving Certificate student from 2012, whose outstanding Leaving Certificate results have been recognised by UCD, where he is studying Science. Kyle has been enrolled as an Entrance Scholar, a highly competitive award for outstanding students. Well done to Kyle and we wish him well in his future studies.


The Junior Gaelic team had a great day at the recent blitz in Bray. They won two matches and lost two, against a strong selection of teams from Wicklow schools. Their victory against St Brendan’s was secured by some excellent points from Aaron Meade, Mikey Treanor and Sean O’Gara. Goal poacher Ryan Heffernan was on target to ensure a four point victory for CCA. Special mention for the spine of the team, Kenneth Turner, Kyle Flynn, Darragh Carthy, Sean Dease and Mikey Treanor who played with heart and determination in all games. CCA return to Bray tomorrow for Round Two.


We would like to congratulate our CCA student Gareth McDonagh who recently won “Football’s Next Star” on RTE and has been signed to Celtic Football Club by manager Neil Lennon. All the students and staff of the school are absolutely delighted to see Gareth do so well and his talent to be recognised. We look forward to hearing a lot more about him in the future!


Coláiste Chraobh Abhann had a very exciting day last Thursday, 29th November, Bobby Kerr, the entrepreneur and Dragon from ‘Dragon’s Den’ came to the school. Mr Kerr facilitated an enterprise workshop and gave a talk to students. The event, organised by Transition year students Conor Eivers and Alannah Bellamy, was the highlight of a busy Enterprise week. 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. 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 and may thanks also to the local entrepreneurs from our area who gave up their time. We would also like to thank Wicklow Enterprise Board for their constant support throughout the year.


Many thanks to the Sixth year students and parents who attended our annual information evening last week. The evening was a great success and gave parents the opportunity to engage with topics including 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 tomorrow, 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.


Students will commence their Christmas exams on Monday, 17th December. The exams will finish on Friday, in advance of the annual Christmas carol service. We wish all our students the best of luck in these exams.


All parents and staff are invited to attend the annual Christmas coffee afternoon which will be held to recognise the work of students in our Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) unit, and their parents. The event will take place on Thursday 13th December at 3:10pm in G1.


We would like to announce that the Music Outreach Programme hopes to recommence in January 2013. Students have an opportunity to learn electric and acoustic guitar and/or other instruments such as the piano. Miss Mitchell will distribute enrolment forms for the programme at all assemblies the week beginning Monday 7th January 2013.


Congratulations to all those who participated in the recent Kilcoole music festival. Ciara Kelly, Niamh Short and Ella and Holly Neary performed very well in piano solo and duet competitions. Congratulations also to the Transition Year choir who came first and second in sacred and secular music competitions. Many thanks to Ms Armstrong for her work with our musicians and choir in preparation for this event.


Well done also to all those who participated in last week’s Schools Talent Search County final. The participating acts were “More than a Dollar”, Jack Mohan, Cia Walsh, “Pretty Little Things”, Keith McCormack and Ciara Kelly. Many thanks to all those who travelled to support them. Congratulations to April Nyakudya who has gone through to the South Leinster final, and Cian Gallagher who is already in the final, which will be held in DCU’s Helix Theatre. Well done to all


The Fifth year Leaving Certificate Applied class recently enjoyed a two night stay at Killary Adventure Centre in Galway as part of their Leisure and Recreation task. Each student carried out specific roles in organising and booking the stay. As part of the activities, students completed an outdoor course and team building activities. A lot of fun was had by all. Many thanks to Ms Connolly for supporting the LCA students in this activity.


The Sixth year Geography students took a trip last Friday, 23rd November to the Kippure Adventure Centre in Wicklow. About 50 students took part along with their teachers Ms. Smith, Mr. Morahan, Ms. Travers and Ms. O' Reilly. The objective of the study was to investigate 'Geomorphic processes of erosion in a fluvial environment'. Students undertook a number of investigations to determine river velocity, clast sizes on the river bed, river gradient and cross-section analysis of the fluvial environment. Students recorded the data and will work over the next few weeks to analyse and compile their findings. This will culminate in students writing up their field report which will comprise 20% of their Geography Leaving Cert grade. Well done to all involved on the day. The trip was enjoyed by all the students despite the Arctic conditions!

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