6th September 2013


Killian Carlin Hannon, 3rd Year student, travelled to Barcelona in July for the TKD European Championships and won the Gold medal in his chosen discipline  Killian has had a number of national successes in the past in his chosen discipline and the school is very proud of his achievements.


Maciej Goszczycki, Transition Year student, was placed 2nd in the AIPO training camp on 26th June 2013 and was selected to represent Ireland at the IOI (International Olympiad in Informatics) for the second year in succession. Last year the IOI was in Italy with this year’s competition taking place over a 2 week period in Brisbane, Australia. 


A full list of extra-curricular activities is currently being compiled will be available next week for students.  In the meantime, among many of the activities that have already commenced are the Senior Boys Gaelic Training for 3rd, 4th 5th and 6th year students, Girls U-17 Soccer, 1st Year Gaelic Training, After School Study, Musical auditions and Camogie.


Two students from senior cycle, Keith McCormack and Cian Gallagher, performed with the Music Theatre 4 Youth (Ireland) in a production of Les Misérables in Belfast recently over a six day period. The students worked with a top level artistic team from London’s West End and Sweden to put the musical extravaganza together.  Music Theatre 4 Youth (Ireland) is the only all-Ireland performing arts education charity for young people. They have delivered dozens of projects across Ireland and have had many successes performing in top venues such as The Rose Theatre, Kingston and St James’s Palace, London.   We are very proud of Keith’s and Cian’s performances on the big stage.


Elections will be held on the week beginning Monday 9th September for this year’s representatives on the Student Council.  Campaigns have begun in earnest with posters by candidates to be found around the school.  The work of the council this year will be focusing on obtaining our third Green Flag, with the theme this year being ‘Water’.


Coláiste Chraobh Abhann’s 10th Anniversary celebrations are coming to a close this month.  In September 2003, our doors opened for the first time to students.  Over the course of the last year, there were several major events held to mark the occasion.  One of the final events planned is to have a professional photograph taken of the whole school community to mark the closure of the celebrations.


The 2013 Coláiste Chraobh Abhann school musical will be announced shortly. Auditions take place during this week and successful students will be called back before a cast list is published shortly.  Last year’s musical, ‘All Shook Up’ was a huge success and we wish everyone the best of luck this year again.


Congratulations to our 2013 Leaving Certificate students who secured places in a wide variety of third level institutions.  Our graduates will be pursuing courses in a range of disciplines, including psychology, science, commerce, entrepreneurship, computers and many more.  Students have chosen to study at institutions around Ireland including UCD, TCD, NUI Galway and DCU. We wish them the very best in their studies and their future careers.


We look forward to welcoming the parents of our new First Year students to a special information evening on Thursday 19th September.  We reserve this night especially for parents of our First Years, who have achieved so much in integrating into the culture of secondary school so well.  Parents are encouraged to come along on the night with any questions or uncertainties they might have, and we will ensure that everyone is given the information, help and advice they need.  Discussions will include study, nutrition, school involvement, extra-curricular activities and many more areas. We look forward to meeting our new parents on this evening.


As part of helping our First Year students integrate into their new school, our senior peer mentors play a very important role.  These fifteen Fifth Year students - selected after a rigorous interview process – were given comprehensive leadership training excellently facilitated by Ms Karen Carter from Arklow Springboard during the summer. They have hit the ground running and have put a lot of work into ensuring the first year students settle into our school. They have activities organised at lunchtimes and are currently planning a first year bonding trip. We are very proud of the peer mentors and the impact they have on our school community.  Ms Karen Carter also facilitated the training of our Sixth Year prefect team.  This training allowed our prefects to understand their role as managers of their peers, and role models for the school community.

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