14th November 2014


We are very proud of our CCA graduate Jarek Blacharski, who has won a prestigious All-Ireland Scholarship award towards his Engineering studies at UCD, in recognition of his outstanding Leaving Certificate results.  Jarek was also enrolled as an Entrance Scholar by UCD, an award which is given to first year UCD undergraduates based on their Leaving Certificate results.  We wish Jarek all the best in his studies. 


CCA Sixth year students took part in a very important personal development workshop last week, when AWARE, the mental health organisation, visited the school to get students involved in discussing and reflecting on positive mental health.  Stephen Dargan, a facilitator from AWARE, brought each 6th year tutor group together for a workshop on mental health, including showing students how to develop coping mechanisms to deal with the stress of everyday life, illustrating possible situations which may bring on stress or depression, and take part in a question and answer ‘debrief’ time where students had the opportunity to discuss issues and gain advice.  Many thanks to Ms Madden for organising this very valuable activity to support our 6th year students. 


Many thanks to the parents, staff and members of our local community who attended the very moving remembrance service for family members and friends who have passed away, which was held at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann last Wednesday evening.  Fr Liam Belton celebrated the service, with beautiful music and reflections, and a special ritual of remembrance, where those in the congregation who had lost loved ones were invited to light a candle to remember them.  Many thanks to the 1st and 2nd year music students who provided the musical backdrop, supported by their teacher Ms Armstrong.  Many thanks also to Ms Madden for her organisation of the event. 


As part of our ongoing Primary schools transition programme, on Wednesday, 19th November, 269 students from Newtownmountkennedy Primary school, St Laurence O’Toole National School in Roundwood, St Francis National School in Newcastle and Kilcoole Primary school are spending the day experiencing student life at CCA, including visits to classrooms and meeting the Principal and Deputy Principal.  The students will enjoy a music recital courtesy of Ms Armstrong’s music students and get a chance to take part in activities in subjects such as Art, Metalwork, Science and PE.  


Our TY students have had another busy week.  They took part in a specially organised series of walking tours of Dublin, with different focuses of literature, art and Dublin history.  Students visited the National Gallery’s Yeats exhibition, the Garden of Remembrance and Christchurch, among other monuments.  TY students have also enjoyed another week of Krav Maga classes with Andrew Maher of Greystones.  Krav Maga, also known as ‘barefoot fitness’ is a specially designed physical system of self-defence and fitness, used by the Israeli army as part of training.  Many thanks to Andrew for his work with our students on this exhilarating part of their TY programme! 


Thanks to all the staff and students who so generously contributed to our shoebox appeal in aid of children in Swaziland.  The contents of the shoeboxes will be the presents these children receive for Christmas, so every item donated is hugely appreciated.  Many thanks to the TY students who worked hard to organise and promote this appeal. 


A big well done to Chloe Davidson who, on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th November, competed in the CAID Celtic National Championships of Irish dancing.  She achieved the incredible accolade of 6th in the under 17's Open Championship, which is the highest grade in which she can compete. She also won First place in a team dance with three other young dancers, called the Four Hand Reel. 


The cast of this year’s CCA musical, an incredibly popular annual event, is now decided!  Congratulations to all involved.  Rehearsals have started for what will be, as always, a great example of school spirit and a great night out at the Mermaid theatre next March.  


Congratulations to Caitlin O’Toole, Holly Bates and Ellen Devlin, winners of the business section of our ongoing ‘Global Issues’ competition at CCA.   Well done also to Vladimir Ribakov and Senan Drew, who won the maths prize. The competition will run throughout the school year, with prizes in categories including languages, art, metalwork and woodwork, science, home economics and others.  A special mention also to Holly and Ellen who succeeded in getting a full page write up of their project, investigating how much Irish consumers understand about where familiar brands are produced, in last week’s Irish Independent newspaper.  


The CCA Under-17 boys’ football team started their league campaign in strong fashion with a 4-0 defeat of St. David's, Greystones last week.  Goals from Oscar Del Barrio, Ryan Heffernan, Kenneth Turner and Kevin Gillan and a man of the match display from Oscar Perez Hurtado got the team off to a great start. Injuries to star players Turner and Perez didn't help as they succumbed to Presentation College, Bray 2-0 last Monday, but still leaves the team with a chance of group qualification if they can win their final game against St. Brendan's in two weeks’ time. Good luck to all the boys and a big thanks to Mr Lynch for his management and mentoring of the team. 


The CCA School Bank, run by Transition Year students Holly Martin (Manager), Calma Rooney (Audit), Aoife Meagher and Ciara Kelly (Tellers) and Clodagh Bradshaw (Commercial Officer) launched on Tuesday 4th November. The first day was a great success as many students opened up bank accounts during lunch time. The School Bank’s theme this year is 'Mario and Luigi', and there are lots of surprises in store! The second opening of the bank was Thursday 13th November. Students who had already opened accounts received their bank cards in the post and were given the option of lodging money. Other students were also given the opportunity to open an account with us.  Many thanks to Holly Martin for contributing this item to our school news this week.


Our TY students had a fantastic time on their exchange trip to Lycée Thomas Corneille in Barentin, near Rouen in France.  After arrival at the school on Monday, the TY students and their teachers were greeted by their French hosts and enjoyed a ‘Pot de Bienvenue’ lunch and afternoon classes in the lycée.  The following day was Armistice Day so students stayed with their families and did various outings.  On Wednesday everyone spent the day in Paris seeing the sights including the Eiffel Tower, the ‘Bâteaux Mouches’ on the river Seine and of course Les Champs Élysée.  Students spent the rest of the week in classes with their French hosts and taking part in activities.  They visited the historic city of Rouen also as part of the trip.  A big thanks to Ms Downey and Ms Colgan for their work in organising the trip and bringing the students to France, for a trip that was academically and culturally enriching.


Thanks to the science teachers for all their work last week in organising our annual Science Week.  Our school was decorated with many fascinating posters detailing science facts and figures, jokes and activities.  Students really enjoyed the opportunity to take a look at science from a more fun perspective.  The Science club is up and running now in F1 from 4pm to 4.45pm every Tuesday.  Come and sign up with Ms Walshe – everyone welcome!

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