22nd November 2013


Congratulations to the newly appointed AIB Build a Bank team who have recently been appointed following an application and interview process conducted by bank staff.  The 6 students have been tasked with setting up a school bank and running it over the next 6 months. The team, under the management of Luke Murphy, will aim to replicate the success of last year’s bank that got to the national final and finished among the top 16 schools in the country.  The team are Luke Murphy (Manager), Niamh Short (Assistant Manager), Micaiah Murray (Auditor), Lydia Synnott Elliott (Sales and Marketing) and Sarah Byrne and Tom Brady (Tellers). 


Congratulations to our six successful mini companies who exhibited at the Bank of Ireland national annual enterprise week showcase in our local branch in Greystones.  12 of our TY students exhibited and sold products to the public, which ranged from candles and face scrubs to Christmas ornaments and T-shirts. The students are now preparing for the Parents’ Council craft fair which takes place on Saturday November 30th. 


Our senior boys took on St Kevin's, Dunlavin last week in the Senior Boys Wicklow Post Primary School's "A" Championship. CCA started and finished the game as the strongest team but unfortunately St Kevin's scored a few killer goals either side of half time that put the game out of reach.  It was a spirited performance from the CCA team with some excellent displays of skill and determination from Robert Clarkson, Stuart Synnott and Conor Shortt.  CCA now enter the Wicklow Post Primary School's "B" Championship and await the winners of Arklow CBS or Gaelcholáiste na Mara. 


Our annual ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ week is taking place this week and has a packed schedule of events.  Transition Year mini companies are selling their products at break and lunch time each day.  On Monday last, Serena Bryans from the Wicklow County Enterprise Board visited our fifth year students to discuss careers in Business.  We were delighted to welcome back past pupil Lisa Coffey who talked to our students about the journey from studying Business in CCA to studying Business at Masters level, and also Shane Mooney who talked about ‘From Business in CCA to Business in college via the scenic route’.  On Wednesday and Thursday, the Transition Year enterprises will showcase and sell their products in the Bank of Ireland Greystones  There were presentations on ‘Creating a winning CV’ from Clodagh O Brien, Director of Human Resources, Druids Glen Resort and ‘Careers and Degrees in Business and Enterprise’ from Therese Moylan, IADT.  


We were delighted to welcome 250 fifth and sixth class pupils and their teachers from Kilcoole Primary School, Newtownmountkennedy Primary School, St. Laurence O Toole Roundwood and St. Francis National School in Newcastle for our annual primary school transition programme at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann last Wednesday, 20th November. The students enjoyed a very varied day at CCA, listening to musical recitals by our students, including the Transition Year choir, and sampling subjects. Our teachers acted as ‘tour guides’ for the students as they visited science labs, PE hall, practical rooms and classrooms. Mr Eivers welcomed the students in our GP area, and spoke to them about the ethos and atmosphere at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, and the high expectations we have for our students.  


Well done to our Fifth year students, who spent a week out on work experience, to help them focus on career objectives and third level study options for their Leaving Certificate. This week was an invaluable help to them, as a way to find out about different career areas hands-on, and gain advice and the perspective of mentors in the workplace. We would like to say a very big thank you to all the employers who facilitated this week for our students. Many thanks also to Mr Kennedy for his coordination of the week.  


Our parent-teacher-student meeting for Second year students takes place next Thursday, 5th December at 4.15pm. We look forward to meeting the parents and guardians of our Second year students, to discuss their academic and personal progress at school. The parent-teacher-student format allows for the student to take an active part in discussions about their studies and progress at school, and allows them to take personal responsibility for their actions and to plan their progress together with their parents and teachers. 


The Parents’ Association will hold their annual Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday November 30th from 10.30am to 5pm.  Santa and his elves will be here on the day to meet and greet all our visitors.  Entry to the craft fair is free and there will be mulled wine and mince pies available on the day. 


The CCA Transition Year students visited the Hugh Lane Gallery last Tuesday where their tour guide focused on an exhibition dedicated to The 1913 Dublin Strike and Lockout. The exhibition included portraits of some of the main figures associated with The Lockout including William Martin Murphy, Jim Larkin and Countess Markievicz. The students really enjoyed the tour which provided an excellent insight into this important event in our history.

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