16th May 2014


Coláiste Chraobh Abhann's Student Council and Green Schools' committee attended the KWETB 10k Hike for Life in Glendalough on Tuesday, May 13th.  The hike was attended by a large number of schools from across both Wicklow and Kildare to raise awareness for mental health issues in our schools and communities.  The Student Council also held a non-uniform day on Wednesday, May 14th, with the proceeds going to this good cause. 


Transition Year students have had an extremely busy few weeks.  On Friday May 2nd, the Innovation and Change class visited Sunbeam House to look at disability provision in the area   A representative from Open Door gave a presentation to the students to conclude the disability module.

Local historian, Ross Keddy visited the school on Friday May 9th, to give a talk to the students about the Kilcoole Gun Running of 1914. 

The module of Krav Maga classes, run by Andrew Maher, has recently concluded for the TY students.  This module was a great success, with all students benefitting from this course in martial arts and self-defence. 


On Wednesday last, May 14th, the school welcomed Brent Pope and Joanna Fortune, who did a workshop entitled ‘It’s OK not to feel OK’, with all TY students.  The focus of this workshop was on mental health, confidence building and empowerment. 


Well done to Luke Murphy in Transition Year who came second in a recent inter schools sailing event.  


Many thanks to Transition Year students who assisted in the Happy Heart campaign last week by selling happy heart badges in the community, in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation. 


Well done to students from first and second year who travelled to IT Tallaght last week to take part in this year’s SciFest competition.  SciFest is a series of one-day science fairs for second-level students hosted in schools, at regional level in Institutes of Technology and finally in a national competition for the overall winners.  CCA submitted a total of 13 projects, including ‘How Fast Does Food Spoil’, ‘Handedness’, ‘Do Video Games Affect Memory’ and ‘How Do Football Players Curl the Ball’.   


It is a busy time of year at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, with many important end-of-year events taking place. Last Friday, our whole school community and invited guests took time to recognise the hard work and great efforts of our students, at our annual prize giving ceremony. This day is a big highlight of our school calendar, where senior and junior students are recognised for their contributions to the school and our community in a wide variety of prizes, including academic, sporting, leadership, entrepreneurship, civic, cultural, musical and artistic categories. Students were awarded academic prizes in each subject area, with a number of Sixth year students receiving perpetual awards for subjects studied in their Leaving Certificate year. There were many sporting awards, covering sports from camogie, soccer and hurling to basketball and athletics. Individual awards were given to students who had made significant achievements outside school, including students who have won national and international recognition for sports such as tae-kwon do, athletics and computing.  


Coláiste Chraobh Abhann’s Board of Management held its last meeting of this school year on Monday. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of the committee for their hard work and commitment to the progress and stability of our school this year and into the future. 


Next week will see First, Second, Transition and Fifth year students start their annual summer house examinations. Students have been preparing for these exams under the close supervision of teachers for several weeks, and we wish every student the best of luck. Practical, oral and aural exams are taking place this week for many class groups.  This week the Leaving Certificate Applied students are completing their oral examinations in French, Irish and English and Communications. We wish them the best of luck in these important exams.  


This Thursday, 22nd May, Sixth year students will attend their final event at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, their graduation ceremony. This is always an emotional and heartfelt evening for students, staff and parents. We look forward to this evening and for the opportunity to formally wish all of our students the best of luck in the Leaving Certificate exams and for the future.  


Another event in the school’s packed calendar is the Transition Year exhibition evening on Tuesday 27th May. All Transition year students get the opportunity to showcase 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 Walsh, Ms Armstrong and Ms Tarrant and to TY year head Ms McCormack, for the huge commitment they have shown to the TY students this year. We look forward to an action-packed evening on Tuesday. 

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