12th December 2014


Our students enjoyed a really festive series of musical events last week, as part of our celebrations of Christmas at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann. The festive spirit came out in full on Thursday, when all First year students took part in a carol service, complete with lots Christmas jumpers and Santa hats out in force!  Ms Armstrong and the CCA choir brought students through a series of great Christmas songs and a lot of fun was had.  On Friday at break time, there were carols for everyone in the GP area, led by the junior and senior music classes.  Many thanks to Ms Armstrong and her singers, who have put a huge amount of preparation into ensuring that our school has been alive with music and Christmas singing this week.


Congratulations to our junior Camogie team who retained their Junior B Wicklow title, beating Scoil Chonglais, Baltinglass last Wednesday by 14 - 4 to 1 point.  The team played brilliantly together, well done to all and many thanks to Ms Doyle for mentoring the team.


Many thanks to all the students from Transition Year, 5th and 6th year who participated in the joint carol service with Kilcoole Primary School last week. Particular thanks are due to the soloists who performed a series of beautiful pieces for the assembled parents, students, staff, friends and members of the local community.  They were: Tom Brady, April Nyakudya, Cillian Molloy, Amy Cowan Hedges and Shauna O’Connor. Our talented student musicians were Saoirse Yuan, Andrew Connaughton, Tom Brady and Kalvin Townsend-Smyth.  Many thanks to Ms Armstrong for her tireless commitment to the many musical events we have enjoyed this term.


The Christmas cookery club returned last Wednesday in the Home Economics kitchen with Ms Walsh, where students made their own ‘stained glass’ cookies, and created lovely home-made gifts for friends and family.   


Our 3rd year students undertook a day of aptitude testing last Friday.  The tests, known as Differential Aptitude Tests (DATS), are a test of ability in the areas of verbal and numerical reasoning, different to the Junior Certificate exam in that they measure basic ability, where the exams measure performance and achievement.  The tests are run so that students can identify where their abilities and strengths are, and set career and educational goals to match.   


Our annual house exams take place this week.  Best of luck to our students who have worked so hard this term, supported by parents and staff. 


Several groups of students took part in Christmas outings this week.   The Student Council - Rachel Dutton Merriman, Ciaran Crimes, Aoife Murtagh, Charley Delaney Byrne, Jade Byrne, Cameron Cosgrave, Holly Martin, Conor Toole, Conor Eivers and Rowena Gahan – went on a day trip with Mr Ó’Súilleabháin.   The CCA homework club also took part in an outing with Ms Cluskey, and the peer mentors enjoyed a day trip accompanied by Mr Farrell.  Thanks to these students for all their hard work and commitment to our school this term.


The 5th year Higher level history class took part in a visit to the National Library on Kildare Street last week, as part of their Leaving Certificate history course.  Students got the chance to appreciate and gain an understanding of the very extensive historical, genealogical and literary resources available at the library.


The music outreach programme will be taking enrolments for term 2 at present.  The new term will start in January.  Students can access piano, singing and guitar lessons.  Please contact Ms Mitchell for further information – annemitchell@wicklowvec.ie 


Coláiste Chraobh Abhann will close from next Friday 19th December to Monday 5th January for our Christmas holidays. 


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