31st May 2013


Following on from the success of the Coláiste Chraobh Abhann school bank team in the National Finals of the AIB Build a Bank challenge, we were absolutely delighted to welcome GAA legend and AIB Youth Ambassador Colm “Gooch” to CCA recently.  He presented the winning students with their gold plaque to mark their achievement. He also spent some time coaching the senior boys’ and girls’ football team during his visit, which was hugely appreciated by all the players.  Presentations were made to the students and AIB student officer Deirdre Healy.  Many thanks to Mr Farrell for his continuing support of students in their entrepreneurial achievements! 


 There was further recognition of the outstanding entrepreneurial talents of our CCA students when Bank of Ireland Manager John McCarthy along with Avril Jackman from the Greystones branch of the bank visited the school last week to present the annual Bank of Ireland student awards to successful students.  They also presented certificates to students for completing the Junior Achievement “Learn to Earn” programme, which teaches students about the importance of proper financial management and saving. The awards went to two Transition Year students selected by the branch for having excelled in the areas of entrepreneurship and music.  Cillian Molloy, who had success with his mini company “Cloud Cupcakes”, was awarded the award in the area of entrepreneurial spirit and Juan Bidegain Flores was awarded in the area of music due to his success in all aspects of music in CCA. Many thanks to Bank of Ireland for their continued work with our students through so many projects and programmes. 


Last week our Transition year students got the opportunity to showcase to parents and invited guests the imaginative and varied work which they have carried out this year.  From short films to mini-companies, environmental awareness projects and trips to different parts of Ireland and to Europe, students have tested themselves in a very wide variety of skills and team activities.  Many thanks to TY tutors Ms French, Ms Armstrong, Ms Tarrant and Mr McKenna, and to TY year head Mr Kennedy, for the huge commitment they have shown to the TY students this year.  


Well done also to the Transition Year Journalism class, who produced a great school magazine this year.  “Ten Years of Chit-Chat at CCA” is on sale at the school at the price of €2, and includes interviews with staff and students, features on all highlights of this school year and lots of great photos.  Many thanks to Ms Donnelly for her work with the journalism class on this publication. 


After so many months of commitment to their exam preparation, we would like to wish our Leaving Certificate class of 2013 the very best of luck in their forthcoming exams in June, and in their future studies and careers. We would like to wish the best of luck to our Junior Certificate class in their important exams also.  


Our annual summer holidays commenced last Friday, 31st May at 12.35pm.  The school will reopen to students on Monday 26th August 2013. We would like to take this opportunity to thank every member of our school staff, Board of Management, Parents Council and our parents for their huge commitment to the school over this past year.   It has been a year of many highlights, and we look forward to welcoming everyone, including our new First years, back in August after a well-deserved break.

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