5th October 2012


Coláiste Chraobh Abhann staff and students will be putting on their walking shoes on Wednesday, 10th September, to take part in a special walk to mark the 10th anniversary of our school.  Students and staff will start the walk about 11am from the school. Anyone from the community, who is over 18, and would like to join us, is very welcome. Please meet at the school at 11am sharp. Senior students will walk from the school down to the beach towards Greystones and back through Charlesland. Junior students will also walk down to the beach, turning towards Newcastle and then when they reach the river will turn back to Kilcoole. There is also a short walk for any students with reduced mobility. We are all looking forward to this most enjoyable walk which will be one of many activities to celebrate our very proud 10th anniversary. We would like to say thanks to staff and members of the Parents Council for all their help in facilitating the day.



Congratulations to the girls’ senior football team who were narrowly defeated by St David’s yesterday in a tightly fought contest.  The whole team played excellently against a strong wind in the first half but found it hard to convert possession into scores in the second half.  ‘Stand-out’ performances from Lara Broughan, Aisling McCabe, Sarah and Emma Kavanagh and Lauren Nolan.  Congratulations to all involved and thanks to Ms Doyle for her great support to the team.



Transition Year students have had another busy week, including a really enjoyable trip to see ‘Psycho Spaghetti’, a play about teenage life, in the Laughter Lounge in Dublin. TY students are also busy preparing their mini-company products, and marketing posters are appearing all over the school for a very broad and interesting range of products, from vintage clothing to cup cakes!  TY students are looking forward to their forthcoming two weeks of work experience, which commences on Monday 15th October until the mid-term break.  Students have worked hard to earn the chance to experience a variety of public and private sector job placements, in education, media, healthcare, accountancy, retail and many more.  We would like to wish our TY students well in what we hope will be a very valuable learning experience in the world of work. 



Preparations are underway for this year’s annual ‘Open Night’ where we welcome prospective and current parents and members of our community to visit our school.  This year, as Coláiste Chraobh Abhann celebrates its 10th year, will be a special night.  Students and staff will be showcasing the range of academic, extra-curricular and sporting activities which take place in our school, as well as the work of our student council, our choir, dancing, drama and the many more roles our students play in their rich and diverse school life. We will be welcoming past pupils to visit their former school on this special anniversary, and look forward to a memorable evening.



Our Second Year students are starting to prepare for the annual school trip to Paris, which will take place in March 2013.  The students will spend three nights in this fantastic city, taking every opportunity to use the French they have learned in class to communicate and hone their oral skills in the language.  The trip will include Eurodisney, a boat trip on the Seine, the Louvre museum and a shopping trip.



Maciej Goszczycki from Third Year has just returned from his trip to Italy where he took part in an international Olympiad for school students who have exceptional computing skills.  Maciej, who plans to work as a programmer when he leaves school, had to design a short program to win a place at the prestigious event, and has been offered a third-level scholarship after his performance.  Congratulations to Maciej for his great achievement.



We look forward to meeting parents and guardians of our Sixth Year students at the upcoming parent-teacher-student meeting and mentoring evening.  Each sixth year student and parent will meet their mentor teacher during the course of the evening, to discuss their CAO choices, as well as engaging with each of their subject teachers to discuss their progress, and individual targets for each subject they are taking at Leaving Certificate.  We would like to thank all our teachers for the work they are doing to prepare our Sixth Years for their final exams, and we look forward to working with parents to support all our students.



We are delighted to announce that our Sixth Year student, Stephen McGuinness, has been selected as a member of the Leinster Schools soccer team, after beating off very stiff competition.  This is a very prestigious role for Stephen, and we are very proud of him.  We would also like to congratulate David Crosbie and Jack Moran Lowry, two senior students who reached the final selection.



Work is proceeding apace on this year’s school musical, “All Shook Up!” by cast members who are getting to grips with their scripts, their dance moves and their songs.  We wish them well in their hard work and look forward to seeing the final show early next year.


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