29th November 2013


Coláiste Chraobh Abhann was placed 4th in Irish Times ‘league tables’ for college entry statistics with a figure of 85% of students progressing to 3rd level.  At a recent Board meeting, the Principal, Mr. Eivers, congratulated students from the 2013 Leaving Certificate class on their tremendous success and wished them well in their future careers in college.  The Principal also thanked staff for their hard work with students and, in particular, for their work as individual mentors to students as part of the school's Mentoring Programme.


Best wishes to Maciej Goszczycki, who will be representing the school in the Technology section of the upcoming Young Scientist’s Exhibition in the RDS in January.  His project is on Computer Programming.  He has developed an interactive first person shooter game where a user must write specific pieces of code to enable his/her character to perform actions.  The overall aim of the project is to teach programming to young people by introducing simple code to the player in a fun and interactive way.  There are lots of statistics about programming, with almost 5,000 jobs a year being left unfilled in Ireland due to the lack of people who can program or write code. 


Well done to Troy Scully who came 1st in the Under 13 Boys 1500m race at a recent event in St. Gerard’s Bray.  Well done also to Molly Hayes who came 7th in the Under 14 Girls 1500m, and to Eoghan Marah who came 6th in the Senior Boys 1500m. 


Well done to Cormac Gilnagh who has been chosen to take part in an Anti-Bullying subgroup as part of the Irish Red Cross.  They have developed a campaign with the aim to stop bullying.  The national launch of this campaign took place in the Mansion House in Dublin last Saturday.  This is a great achievement for Cormac as hundreds of people applied to be a part of this group, with only seven being chosen for the final group. 


Our parent-teacher-student meeting for Second year students takes place tomorrow, 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 Under 17 Girls Soccer team began their competitive season last week against East Glendalough. The girls were unfortunately beaten by a stronger team on the day. The panel was made up of Aisling McDonald, Anneliese Dunne, Becky Johnston, Clodagh Bradshaw, Eleanor Kenna, Grainne O Donoghue, Jade Byrne, Jessie Kenny, Jodie Byrne, Leanne Carlin Hannon,  Lydia Sinnott Elliott, Nikita Sannakki, Olivia Meakin, Simone Meakin and  Rachel Grimes.  Aisling Mcdonald and Lydia Sinnott Elliott each scored a goal on the day.


Congratulations to the U15 Kilcoole Camogie team who recently won their semi-final against St. Kevin’s on a scoreline of 2-6 to 0-0. 


On Thursday the 28th of November the 6th Year Geography students made their way over the Sally Gap to Kippure Estate to complete their River Study for their Geography field Investigation.  It was a chilly day but thankfully the rain stayed away.  All in all it was a really enjoyable day with all students taking part in many river activities.  The 6th year students will now complete their investigation booklets describing and evaluating their findings.  Many thanks to Ms. Smith, Ms. Hennessy and Ms. Egan who accompanied the students on their trip. 


Students will commence their Christmas exams on Monday, 16th December. The exams will finish on Friday, in advance of the annual Christmas carol service. We wish all our students the best of luck in these exams.



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