20th September 2013


Coláiste Chraobh Abhann celebrates its annual ‘Diversity week’ this week.  The week celebrates the diversity we have within our school community which we value very highly.  Experiencing and working in a diverse setting is a key part of the personal growth of our students.  We value every member of our school and recognise everyone’s differences as important.  During this week there are a range of activities going on, including poster and poetry competitions, speeches at assembly and guest speakers.  


This year, Coláiste Chraobh Abhann is celebrating the European Day of Languages with several events, including projects on the different cultures represented in our school, a cooking demonstration and music, posters and signs around our school in all of the different languages spoken.  We look forward to celebrating our multi-cultural environment. This day is an initiative by the Council of Europe to remind us of the importance of language learning, and to encourage learning outside as well as inside the classroom. 


Our Sixth year students enjoyed a very productive and informative day at the Higher Options conference last week.  At this time of year our Sixth years are making their all-important CAO choices and the day was a welcome chance to have a broad look at what is on offer from third-level institutions, and to focus on their options.  We wish our Sixth years the best of luck during this busy term and we look forward to supporting them in their work.  Many thanks to Ms McDonagh, our Guidance Counsellor, for organising this trip.  


Coláiste Chraobh Abhann was mentioned in the recent Tidy Towns Competition report for Kilcoole.  The adjudicators noted that the school is well painted and has plenty of boundary planting.  The unusual choice of Pittosporum for hedges in the grounds of the school caught the attention of the judges and were thought to effectively break up the car park area.  The daily patrols and schools taking responsibility for areas near the school are proving worthwhile as the marks for litter control increased this year.  Well done to all involved and let’s keep up the good work! 


This year’s Music Outreach programme will begin its schedule of activities shortly.  Any student who is interested in taking part in the programme should contact Ms Mitchell.  


Well done to the CCA students from the Newtown Ladies Junior squad.  They travelled to Roundwood to take on a well-experienced AGB team in the Junior B championship recently.  Newtown led by 2-2 to 1-4 at half-time, but it was in the second half that they really showed their metal.  Despite being reduced to 13 players for 10 minutes due to sin bins, they fought back for their victory and in a thrilling finale they proved victorious on a score of 3-8 to 3-6.  The victorious team had the following CCA representatives: Lydia Sinnott-Elliott, Leanne Hannon, Holly Martin, AnneLiese Dunne, Lauren Nolan and Aisling McDonald, who scored a magnificent 2-1 on the day. 


Training continues after school every Thursday for the U17 Girls Soccer team, with the FAI League beginning soon. 


The school Credit Union is re-opening on Thursday 26th of September at lunch time. First year students opened their accounts last Friday, when Credit Union officials visited our school. The Credit Union is being run by Transition Year students in conjunction with Kilcoole Credit Union. 


Congratulations to Ava Condon and Jade Byrne who were runners-up in the All-Ireland U14 County Camogie competition.  They beat teams from Donegal, Cavan and Mayo, and were narrowly defeated by Kerry in the final.  Well done girls! 


Our U17 Boys Soccer team played a friendly match against St. David’s last Wednesday.  The game finished in a 2-2 draw, with the goals for CCA from Michael Treanor and Bradley Delaney.  Best of luck to the players for the new season which begins in 2 weeks.

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