14th March 2014


What a fantastic week for CCA last week as we rocked to the sounds of this year’s school musical, ‘Grease’. Three fantastic evening shows and two matinees were performed in the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray on Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th and Friday 14th March 2013. The cast, crew and many helpers worked together to produce three nights of really great entertainment for their audiences. The principal performers and the chorus were stars in the making at each performance, with a huge amount of energy packed into their roles and songs. Head boy and girl Conor Short and Seanaí Ryan were great comperes for the show. Many thanks to everyone who spent so much time preparing for the musical, rehearsing, making costumes, props, posters, helping backstage and selling tickets. We look forward to next year’s production already! 


The Second year school tour to Paris is fast approaching. This very memorable trip will take place at the beginning of the Easter holidays. The trip will take in such sights as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, a boat trip on the river Seine and of course the highlight of the trip, a day at Euro Disney. Students are really looking forward to this opportunity to use their French which they have been preparing, in shops, restaurants and tourist sites. Many thanks to Mr Farrell, Second Year head, and the Second year tutor team, for their work in preparing for the trip, and to Mr Halpin, extra-curricular coordinator, who was responsible for organising the tour. 


Go n’eirí linn! Seachtain Na Gaeilge 2014 at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann was a great success, with events going on for two weeks in recognition of this important event. The Irish department encouraged everybody, staff and students, to get involved and use the 'Cúpla Focal' to bring the language alive around the school. Comórtais postaeir agus filíochta were held and students were treated to bodhrán music in the classroom. Many thanks to the Irish department for organising the events and encouraging us all to use our cúpla focal! To link in to Seachtain na Gaeilge and as part of the on-going gaeilge initiative between Newtown Primary School and Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, the CCA Irish dancers, accompanied by Ms Armstrong, took part in a morning of demonstrating and performing traditional Irish dancing with the pupils. 


The Transition Year choir sang in the Helix Concert Hall on Tuesday March 4th as part of the Emmanuel Concert.  This was an amazing experience for all concerned as they joined forces with 60 other schools along with soloists, readers and musicians. The choir was under the direction of Ms. Armstrong. Well done to all who participated. 


The Irish dancers in the school have been busy over the last few weeks. They joined the students in St Catherine's on Friday March 7th to help them celebrate their Irish Day.  They are presently joining students in Newtownmountkennedy in preparation for Seachtain na Gaeilge.  Ms. Armstrong and the students are all enjoying the D.E.A.D. class! Drop Everything And Dance.

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