9th May 2014


Hard luck to the Junior Camogie team who lost the A county final yesterday at Pearse Park Arklow to Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew.  The girls played with great spirit but were unable to stop a very strong Carnew panel.  CCA held the majority of possession at times but found it harder to convert scores than Carnew's experienced forward line.  The panel has done themselves very proud all year and special thanks must be given to all the girls for the effort and enthusiasm throughout the year.  The team was presented with the shield they secured earlier in the year by winning the B final so didn't come home empty handed!  Well done to the entire panel: Holly Martin, Sinéad Roche, Jade Byrne, Ava Condon, Rachel Crimes, Megan Byrne, Robyn Phipps Rooney, Ciara Kelly, Caitlin O Toole, Aisling Garland, Anneliese Dunne, Amy Byrne, Erika Bellamy, Lauryn Coughlan, Ella Neary, Sophia Smirnova, Sinéad Conway, Grace Bruton and Áine Molloy. 


Congratulations to Killian Carlin-Hannon in third year who won first place in the recent Taekwondo sparring competition in Derby.  Killian will now go on to represent Ireland in the Taekwondo World Championships in Rome in July.  Well done Killian and best of luck in Rome! 


Well done to Troy Scully who came 2nd in the 1500m Junior Boys at the recent East Leinster championships in Irishtown.  Also to Isobel O Grady who came 2nd in the Senior Girls Triple Jump and Eoghan Marah who came 2nd in Senior Boys Javelin and 4th in the Senior Boys Shotput.  All will now go on to represent the school in Leinster Athletics on May 14th. 


The TY Social Justice class recently held a Global Citizen Awareness Day in the school, which was funded by Irish Aid through its subsidiary WWGS, Worldwise Global Schools, an agency set up to promote development education in Irish post primary schools.  The aim of the day was to raise awareness about a number of global issues such as inequality, corporate corruption, Fairtrade, poverty and climate change.   Many thanks to John O'Reilly of signmakers.ie for printing the posters and the stickers. 


Maciej Goszczycki recently competed in the Google ‘Call to Code’ competition.  He came fourth overall though there were 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! 


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. 

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