13th February 2015



We are delighted to announce that the CCA Players, Coláiste Chraobh Abhann’s student drama group, have been shortlisted in two categories for the prestigious national Student Theatre Awards.  CCA Players have been nominated in the category of ‘Best Costume’ for their production ‘Burke and Hare’ and ‘Best Overall School Play’ for their play ‘Shadow of a Gunman’.  The  short-listed entries in each category have been invited to attend an ‘Oscars’ style awards ceremony on 4th March in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin, where the winner of each category will be announced and presented with a trophy along with a bursary for their  school. A small number of entries will be given the opportunity to perform on the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre stage.  We wish the best of luck to the dramatists and to Mr Ó’Súilleabháin who has coordinated and mentored the drama group. 



Students and staff at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann enjoyed an activity-filled annual Healthy Eating Week last week.  Among the highlights were a demonstration on healthy eating for Transition Year students given by a representative of Bord Bia, a cookery demonstration by a local Wicklow chef and a talk from a dentist on the importance of healthy eating to keep teeth healthy.  Every morning, the Home Economics department ran a breakfast club featuring yogurt, fruit and healthy morning snacks.  Tubs of fruit salads and smoothies were available at lunchtime in the GP area and students took part in competitions and quizzes.  On Thursday, staff were treated to a range of healthy, sugar free snacks including bran muffins, bread and fruit, prepared by TY students. Many thanks to the Home Economics department for their huge work in organising this great week.



Last Friday, Dr Brendan Cuddihy, chairman of Wicklow Hospice, visited Coláiste Chraobh Abhann where he was presented with a cheque for more than €400 by our Transition Year students.  The money had been raised by students and a very generous donation from the Thrift Shop in Kilcoole.  Students, staff and Dr Cuddihy enjoyed refreshments and a presentation by students describing their fundraising activities.  Many thanks to Ms Cluskey for supporting the students in their fundraising work.



On Wednesday 14th January, our 5th Year LCVP students organized a special ‘colleges and careers’ event at the school.   As part of the event, students invited a number of past pupils of CCA who are attending different third level colleges to the school to visit our TY students and talk to them about their experiences of third level study in different disciplines. The event was a great success. Among the past pupils that attended were Conor Bradshaw and Gabrielle Kastriti who study Multimedia at DCU, Conor Short, also at DCU studying Business, Colm Layton, currently studying History and Politics at UCD and Eoin Codd, an Engineering student at UCD.  Kevin Cullinan and Eoghan Marah represented IT Tralee, where they both study Health and Physiology, Rebecca Davidson spoke about her Arts degree study at UCD, Laura Lynskey McWatt spoke about her experience of training to be a primary school teacher at St Patricks College, Drumcondra and Bryan Kennedy about his business degree course at National College of Ireland.  Many thanks to Ms McDonagh for helping the 5th year students organise what was a very informative day.



Many thanks to the parents and guardians of our Transition Year students who attended the Parent-Teacher-Student meeting on Thursday 12th February.  Our TY students are taking part in a very wide range of activities and have made a great contribution to school and local community this year. 



Well done to our school bank manager, Transition Year student Holly Martin and her colleague, school bank teller Ciara Kelly, whose outstanding work on the CCA school bank resulted in the two students spending a day in Bank of Ireland, Greystones, last week on work experience.  They got a chance to see the day-to-day operations of the bank in all areas including attending internal meetings where they contributed ideas and feedback.  Many thanks to the bank staff for supporting our students in their investigation of a potential career.



Coláiste Chraobh Abhann’s ninth annual musical production, ‘FOOTLOOSE’, will run from Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th March inclusive.  A musical about a teenager, Ren MacCormack, who gets a big dose of culture shock when he moves from big-city Boston to a small Southern town, it has really set our student rehearsals alight and we look forward to the show! Each year, Coláiste Chraobh Abhann’s musical provides our students with the opportunity to develop socially, personally and artistically by joining the cast of the chosen production.  Cast members always remember the show as one of the highlights of their school lives and I know they cherish the memories for many years to come. Please contact the Mermaid Arts Centre to enquire about tickets on (01) 272 4030 for the show.



Eight Transition Year students attended an Open Day at the Garda National Operational Support Unit in Westmanstown on Thursday, 12th February.  The unit, comprising Air, Dog, Mounted and Water support units, works as a specialist arm of the Gardaí.  Many thanks to Community Garda Alan Thompson who organised for students to attend the event.



A reminder that all girls’ football training takes place on Mondays from 4pm to 5pm.  It is important that all juniors in particular attend as there is a match coming up the first week after mid-term.

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