23rd May 2014


The First Year Music Class held their end of year concert last Wednesday, May 21st.  Parents, guardians and grandparents were invited in to listen to the pieces they had learnt on tin whistle and to their 2 part singing.  It was an excellent performance and many of the parents shared their experiences of what secondary school was like for them. Refreshments and chat followed.  


Congratulations to the winners of the girls’ indoor tournament which was held in the school last week.  The winning team was: Molly Hayes, Caitlin O’Toole, Rebecca Hayden, Erika Bellamy and Sarah Prendergast, with the player of the tournament going to Caitlin O’Toole.  Well done girls! 


Last week, TY students completed the bronze medallion in Gaisce by completing a 2 day hike in the Glendalough / Lough Dan area, followed by camping in Lough Dan.  Thankfully the weather held up for the students and it was a most enjoyable experience for everyone involved.  Many thanks to the teachers who accompanied the students over the two days. 


The annual Transition Year Exhibition evening took place in the school last night where the students got the opportunity to showcase to parents and invited guests the imaginative and varied work which they have carried out this year.  From mini-companies to bank launches, global 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.   


Well done to the Transition Year Journalism class, who produced a great school magazine this year.  “Inside the Big Blue House” is on sale at the school at the price of €2, and includes interviews with staff and students, features on all highlights of this school year and lots of great photos.  Many thanks to Ms. Donnelly for her work with the journalism class on this publication.  


Last Thursday evening our Sixth year students said an emotional and heartfelt farewell to Coláiste Chraobh Abhann at their final graduation ceremony. A packed audience of students, staff and parents heard very moving speeches from Mr. Maher, Sixth year head, Conor Short, head boy and Seanaí Ryan, head girl.  A beautiful series of songs were sung by students from fifth and sixth year.  Also in attendance were Father Belton and Reverend Bennett from our local parishes.  This evening was a wonderful opportunity for all staff and parents to formally wish all of our students the best of luck in their Leaving Certificate exams and for their future.  Many thanks to Ms. Armstrong, Ms. Madden and Ms. Leydon for their work in preparing for this ceremony, and to all the teachers who have worked so hard to prepare the Sixth year students for their upcoming exams. 


This week First, Second, Transition and Fifth year students are undertaking 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.  These exams are a very important part of the year’s assessment.  Third and Sixth year students are doing revision classes as a final preparation for the Junior and Leaving Certificate exams.  


After so many months of commitment to their exam preparation, we would like to wish the Leaving Certificate class of 2013 the very best of luck in their forthcoming exams in June, and in their future studies and careers. We would like to wish the best of luck to the Junior Certificate class in their important exams also.   


The annual summer holidays commence this Friday, May 30th at 12.35pm.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank every member of our school staff, Board of Management, Parents Council and our parents for their huge commitment to the school over this past year.   It has been a year of many highlights, and we look forward to welcoming everyone, including our new First years, back in August after a well-deserved break.

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