7th March 2014


 Congratulations to the seven students from CCA who represented the school at the Wicklow County Enterprise Board Student Entrepreneur awards last Thursday, with competition from 27 other mini companies from 14 different schools in Wicklow. Luke Murphy, a sole trader, presented his Bailer sticker company and received praise from the judges for his innovative idea to improve sailing.  The 'Fresh Faces' team of Niamh Short, Sarah Byrne, Lydia Sinnott Elliott and Eva Plummer wowed the judges with an all singing, all dancing pitch and won the award for the 'Best Overall Presentation' for their organic face scrubs winning a large trophy and €100.  Sean O'Toole and Lainey O'Grady won the award for the 'best quality product' for their 'Chraobh Abhann Cookbook' and received a glass trophy and €100 prize money.  


Luke Murphy (Manager), Niamh Short (Assistant Manager), Lydia Sinnott Elliott (Sales/Marketing), Aaron Healy (Financial Controller) and Tom Brady and Sarah Byrne (Customer Service representatives) represented the school very well and received gold standard for their 'Bank of Rock and Roll' and got lots of positive feedback on their ideas of bringing banking back to basics. 


Congratulations to the newly appointed group of 15 peer mentors who have been selected from our current transition year group to guide and help the first years who will be new to Coláiste Chraobh Abhann next September. They will undergo leadership training in the next month and we look forward to the positive contribution they will make to our school community. The students selected were Stephen Harmon McDonald, Sarah Byrne, Lydia Synnott, Niamh Short, Eva Plummer, Jodie Martin, Aisling McDonald, Luke Murphy, Caoimhe Doyle, Emma Cummins, Peter Kinsella, Becky Johnston, Saoirse Yuan, Sam Doyle and Evan Bruton.


Go n’eirí linn! Seachtain Na Gaeilge 2014 has begun at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, and there will be events going on this week in recognition of this important event.  The Irish department is encouraging everybody, staff and students, to get involved and use the 'Cúpla Focal' to bring the language alive around the school. There will be events going on in Irish classes and some other classes over the course of the week.  A comórtas postaeir agus filíochta is taking place for all year groups.  Many thanks to the Irish department for organising the events and encouraging us all to use our cúpla focal! 


The Second year school tour to Paris is fast approaching.  This very memorable trip will take place at the beginning of the Easter holidays. The trip will take in such sights as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, a boat trip on the river Seine and of course the highlight of the trip, a day at Euro Disney.  Many thanks to Mr Halpin, Mr Farrell, and the Second year tutor team, for their work in preparing for this trip. 


Many thanks to the incoming first year students and their parents who attended our interviews at the school on Wednesday 5th March.  The interviews were very successful, and are a crucial early step in our integration of First years into the school.  The students were asked about their extra-curricular interests and any questions or concerns they had were raised.  It was a great opportunity for parents and prospective students to take in the school atmosphere and become comfortable in what will be their new school environment. 


Best wishes to all students taking part in the school 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.  There are a limited number of tickets available from the Mermaid box office, on (01) 2723040 and at www.mermaidartscentre.ie.  We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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