2nd May 2014


Maciej Goszczycki recently competed in the Google ‘Call to Code’ competition.  He finished fourth overall from a field of 4000 initial entries.  Maciej was also one of the younger entrants in the senior category. Minister Eamon Gilmore was at the closing ceremony and spoke about the importance of STEM subjects and preparing students for the world they will be working in.  During the day, all entrants were given a tour of Google headquarters and had a talk from two senior software engineers.  Many thanks to Ms O Connell who accompanied Maciej on the day.  Well done Maciej! 


Our annual school sports day took place last Thursday, with a huge variety of events and activities taking place for students. There were 14 separate events taking place, 3 team events and 11 for individuals, ranging from the long puc, the three legged race, high jump, penalty kick, basketball shoot to the 100m, 400m and 1500m race. All events have separate junior and senior categories, and medals and trophies were awarded to the winners. This was a great day for the whole school community to spend outdoors, enjoying the sports facilities and spending time together as a group. Many thanks to Ms Connolly for her organisation of the day, and to the staff and parents who worked tirelessly on the day to ensure its success.  


Well done to the many Third and Sixth year students who completed practical exams recently.  LCVP, Art, Engineering, Home Economics and Metalwork were some of the exams completed at CCA.  Many thanks to the teachers of these and other practical subjects who have spent so much time helping their students prepare for these important exams. 


We are all looking forward to our annual prize day, on Friday 16th May.  This day is always a highlight of our school calendar, and this year will be no different.  On this day, 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.  We are always delighted to welcome members of our Board of Management and local community to what is an important reminder of the commitment and talents of the students at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann.  Preparations for the day are now well underway. 


The return leg of the German exchange has just taken place in the school, which saw students from CCA travelling to Wurzburg.  This is the sixth exchange to take place between CCA and Wurzburg.  Many thanks to Ms Hudson and Mr Kennedy who accompanied the students on the trip. 


CCA students have had some recent success in the East Leinster Track and Field Competition in Irishtown.  Troy Scully, a first year student, and Isobel O Grady, a fifth year student, were successful in receiving a medal in their respective disciplines. 


The TY Social Justice class held a Global Citizenship and Awareness Day in the school last Friday.  Their aim was to raise awareness about issues which are taking place around the globe and to highlight the importance of social justice for all.


A reminder to students that the school will be closed on Monday May 12th due to a staff in-service.


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