7th February 2014


Well done to Dillon Keenan in sixth year who recently took part in an all expenses trip to Strasbourg, which was awarded by the Michael Sweetman Trust in recognition for his Social Education task work in the area of Autism.  While in Strasbourg, and as part of a group of 24 students, Dillon visited the old city of Strasbourg and the European Parliament.  Dillon really enjoyed the trip and the school is very proud of his achievements. 


Tickets are on sale for this year’s CCA musical, ‘Grease’, which will be performed in the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray, on Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th and Friday 14th March 2014.  Students and staff are looking forward to a great show and the excitement is already building.  Tickets are available from the Mermaid box office, on (01) 2723140, at www.mermaidartscentre.ie and through the school.  We look forward to seeing everyone there! 


A reminder to all parents and guardians of Transition Year students that the Parent Teacher Student meeting takes place on Thursday February 13th, from 4.15p.m. to 6.45p.m.  All students are encouraged to attend this meeting.  Classes will finish at 3.30p.m. to facilitate this. 


Congratulations to Emma Martin who won first prize in the recent Credit Union Art competition.  Róisín Keegan came second, followed by Laura Setlere and Elzbieta Blacharska who were joint third.  Well done to everyone who took part. 


Well done to Alannah Bellamy who recently competed in the second round of the Leinster Schools’ Debating Competition in UCD.  Although she didn’t make it through to the next level, she did herself and the school very proud. 


Congratulations to the Junior Camogie team who made history by becoming the first Camogie team in our school to win a Junior Camogie championship recently.  They beat Dominican Wicklow in the ‘B’ final.  The team played superbly from start to finish and was deserved winner against a well fancied Dominican team.  The girls excelled in the difficult conditions and their superior fitness, team spirit and hard work won out in the end to give them a 4-3 to 1-1 win.  It is impossible to pick out an individual performance as it really was a full team and panel effort.  Scorers on the day were Caitlin O Toole (2-0), Aisling Garland (1-0), Amy Byrne (1-0), Ciara Kelly (0-1) and Anneliese Dunne (0-1).  The county board will be making a presentation to the team in the coming weeks. 


CCA Boys First Year Soccer Team recently travelled to Greystones to take on St David’s in the First Round of the First Year League.  CCA came out of the traps at full speed with some fantastic link play between Oisin Hill, David Eivers and captain Liam Odlum giving the Colaiste Chraobh Abhann strikers close to ten chances at goal.  Unfortunately with each of the chances Conor Odlum and Adam Heffernan found it difficult to find their target with the ever changing wind swirling around the pitch.  Nonetheless Colaiste Chraobh Abhann continued to push forward with some blistering shots on goal coming from Conor Devlin and Cian Davis with the latter finally breaking the stalemate with a fine goal from edge of the box.  Prior to the half time whistle, a beautiful corner kick from Conor Devlin found the boot of David Eivers to send a Denis Bergkamp-esk volley screaming past the David’s defence and goalie.   David’s began the second half with a brace of goals, thankfully Conor Odlum had finally found his bearings to score two fine goals in response.  The score now at 4-4 and with the game being played at a ferocious intensity, substitutions in the form of Glenn Dunne, James Synott, Michael Behan and Ross Stephenson were required.  While the substitutions settled into the game, David’s unfortunately slipped a further goal past CCA.  Now trailing 5-4, Captain Liam Odlum called for a push forward in pursuit of an equaliser which unfortunately never came.  The team were: Joseph McDermot, Charlie Delaney Byrne, Oisin Hill, Sean Garland, Jack Doyle, Liam Odlum(Capt), David Eivers (1), Conor Devlin, Cian Davis (1), Adam Heffernan and Conor Odlum (2). Subs were Glenn Dunne, James Synott, Michael Behan, Sean Byrne and Ross Stephenson. 


We welcome our partner students and teachers from Helsingborg, Sweden who are visiting Coláiste Chraobh Abhann this week as part of our two-year Comenius school partnership. The students and teachers will spend time in classes, doing sports, Irish dancing and other activities during their visit.  Many thanks to Ms Armstrong for her hard work in preparing for this visit. 


Our Third and Sixth year students are in the second week of their mock exams. We wish them well in their continued hard work.  


Many thanks to the parents and guardians of the students who will join us as First years in September 2014, who attended last week’s information evening.  The evening was very well attended and parents found it an invaluable opportunity to familiarise themselves with the policies and procedures of Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, as well as to understand  the specific needs of First year students, who are taking on a huge change in their transition from primary to secondary school.  Our First year students are very well supported by tutors, year head and a team of peer mentors at CCA.  Parents also had the opportunity to ask questions about important items including school trips, homework policy and extra-curricular activities.  We look forward to welcoming our new First years in September. 

MID-TERM BREAK We wish all students, staff and their families a restful week off for the mid-term break and look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday 24th February.

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