7th September 2012


Congratulations to the new members of Coláiste Chraobh Abhann’s student council for this year who have just been elected. On Monday, all students in our school voted in the new student council in what was a very exciting morning.  By voting for fellow students, each member of the CCA student community learns the importance of democracy, and of being represented in decisions made about the school.  The student council will be working on a range of issues this year, from uniform, environmental, health and safety, nutrition, fundraising and our 10th anniversary celebration.  A detailed list of our all new council members will be published next week.



This year, Coláiste Chraobh Abhann is celebrating its 10th year.  In September 2003, our doors opened for the first time to students.  Over the course of this year, there are several events planned to mark this historic occasion.  We look forward to inviting members of our school community, past and present, to celebrate with us.



The 2012 Coláiste Chraobh Abhann school musical will be “All Shook Up!”, a celebration of the songs of Elvis Presley.  Auditions took place last week and successful students will be called back before a cast list is published shortly.  Last year’s musical was a huge success and we wish everyone the best of luck this year again. 



Congratulations to our 2012 Leaving Certificate students who secured places in a wide variety of third level institutions.  Our graduates will be pursuing courses in a range of disciplines, including psychology, science, commerce, entrepreneurship, genetics and many more.  Students have chosen to study at institutions around Ireland and in the UK, including UCD, TCD, NUI Galway, UCC and DCU. We wish them the very best in their studies and their future careers.



We are delighted to announce that Coláiste Chraobh Abhann has secured funding from the European Commission to pursue a two-year partnership with a Swedish school.  The partnership, which promotes EU citizenship, music and sport, will be fully funded and allow students from both schools to take part in visits and activities together. 



Our competitive sporting spirits were running high last Wednesday as all boys at CCA were invited to try out at soccer trials after school. Mr Rice will be training the first year boys team this year and it looks like we have some very talented players coming up through the ranks. This year, the senior U-19 boys will be looking to leave the school on a high this year with a Leinster winners medal! Mr Hughes will be training the U-15 boys and they're hopeful of a successful season also, as well as Mr Melley’s U-17 boys who have a strong team this year. Matches will be starting shortly. 



We look forward to welcoming the parents of our new First Year students to a special information evening on Thursday 20th September.  We reserve this night especially for parents of our First Years, who have achieved so much in integrating into the culture of secondary school so well.  Parents are encouraged to come along on the night with any questions or uncertainties they might have, and we will ensure that everyone is given the information, help and advice they need.  Discussions will include study, nutrition, school involvement, extra-curricular activities and many more areas. We look forward to meeting our new parents on this evening.  Please contact the school if you need any further information.



As part of helping our First Year students integrate into their new school, our senior peer mentors play a very important role.  These twelve Fifth Year students - selected after a rigorous interview process – were given comprehensive leadership training excellently facilitated by Karen Carter from Arklow Springboard during the summer. They have hit the ground running and have put a lot of work into ensuring the first year students settle into our school. They have activities organised at lunchtimes and are currently planning a first year bonding trip. We are very proud of the peer mentors and the impact they have on our school community.  We are delighted to announce that Karen Carter will be facilitating the training of our Sixth Year prefect team shortly.  This training will allow our prefects to understand their role as managers of their peers, and role models for the school community.  Many thanks to Arklow Springboard for the wonderful work they do with our students.


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