13th March 2015


Our French exchange visitors are enjoying a busy week at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann this week.  The students are staying with TY and 5th year students and experiencing school life at CCA, as well as taking part in activities such as Irish dancing and sport.  A trip to Bray Bowl, Glendalough, Dundrum Shopping Centre and sightseeing in Dublin are part of the week’s activities.  It is proving to be a great opportunity for our students to hear French being spoken around CCA and to practice their own French. Many thanks to Ms Downey and Ms Colgan for organising the visit. 


The Coláiste Chraobh Abhann Players are presenting the play Shadow of a Gunman by Seán O'Casey in the Newcastle Inn Theatre next month. The play was shortlisted from over 3000 plays across Ireland for the Bord Gáis National Theatre Awards and will be playing for three nights on the 28th, 29th and 30th of April. The play is under the direction of English teachers Seán Ó Súilleabháin and Sharon Hennessy and the cast are  drama students from both junior and senior classes of Coláiste Chraobh Abhann. The show promises to be a great success, with previous productions including One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Burke and Hare. Tickets cost €5 and are available from Coláiste Chraobh Abhann reception on (01) 2870198 or by emailing seanosuilleabhain@wicklowvec.ie 


What a fantastic few nights at the Mermaid Arts Centre last week, when CCA students treaded the boards for this year’s annual school musical, ‘Footloose’.  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, the audience were treated to outstanding performances by all the cast, with sets, music and costumes which matched the top-class show.  The school musical is a really memorable event for students, and gives participants the opportunity to develop socially, personally and artistically by joining the cast of the chosen production.  Choreographer Ms Yvonne Prendergast and Musical Director Ms Siobhán Gallagher have worked hard with the cast over the last few months as have many of CCA’s staff, students and the CCA Parents’ Council. 


Well done to our Junior Science students who took part in our local Sci-Fest@School event on Monday.  The Sci-Fest@School event is an ‘in-house’ science fair hosted by the school to showcase the work of our science students.  CCA students set up their projects and were judged by a visiting panel of Sci-Fest judges.   Junior students were encouraged to view the projects and understand the work and motivation behind them and prizes were awarded in several categories.  Many thanks to the Science department for organising this event, to promote the fun and discovery of science for our students. 


Well done to our Junior Certificate students who participated in the State oral exams in French and Irish over the last two weeks.  The oral component of the Junior Certificate exam is an important way for students to build competence in the language they are studying and is excellent preparation for the Leaving Certificate.


We really enjoyed this year’s Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations, which saw students and staff really making an extra effort to ‘bi ag caint as gaeilge’.  Students did ceilí dancing, learned seanfhocail, and took part in a Trath na gCeist. Ms Armstrong also organised a ceilí for Kilcoole primary school students.   One of the highlights of last week was the short play ‘as gaeilge’ organised by our TY students with the students at Newtown Primary School.  Many thanks to the Irish and music departments and our TY students for their work in organising the events. 


Congratulations to Alannah Melia of 1st year and Aoife Murtagh of 2nd year on winning their under 14 All Ireland football final against Longford, with a score of 7 – 1.  The final will be played in Donegal against Galway.  Best of luck to the girls.


Congratulations also to Laoise Cullen of 3rd year who was placed third in the Leinster Championships in the Shotputt and to Rebecca Molloy who was first place in the high jump.  A huge well done also to Ciara Kelly from Transition Year who came 14th in her category in the UK National Speed Lifesaving Championships in the London Aquatic Centre last week, against very tough competition in a large field of competitors. Well done to our students on these fantastic sporting achievements.

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