16th January 2015


We had a busy Health and Safety week at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann last week. Every morning there was an extended assembly for each year group, with guest speakers talking to students on the theme of health and safety.  Jim Callery, Environmental Officer with Wicklow County Council, Willie O’Connor, a St Johns Ambulance Senior Paramedic and Sinead Sweeney, Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer from Wicklow County Fire Service, spoke to students.  Accord, the counselling service, spoke to TY students about how to choose and maintain healthy relationships in life. Over the course of the week, all teachers placed an emphasis on health and safety in their classes this week and especially drew student awareness to their own health and safety when they are in and around the school building.


All students received their Christmas reports last week, and on Monday morning spent time reflecting on their progress with their class tutor.  Fifth year students began to fill out their ‘Personal Plan’, which encourages them to reflect on their study routine and lifestyle, and to plan towards their CAO and Leaving Certificate goals.  All fifth year students will have a meeting with their mentor teacher to discuss their third level aspirations during the Parent-Teacher-Student meeting at the end of January. 


Sixth year geography students are going to Kippure House estate on Friday, to complete their geography fieldwork investigation.  The Kippure estate covers 240 acres of wood and farmland.  Students will complete their outdoor investigation as part of their practical task for the Leaving Certificate.  They will then report on their investigation.  This is an important part of the geography syllabus and accounts for 20% of the overall Leaving Certificate mark for the subject.  


Congratulations to the Newtown Minor Gaelic footballers who won the Co. Wicklow Minor B championship just before Christmas.  We especially congratulate the CCA students on this team: Sean Carty, Kenneth Turner, Ciarán Daly, Ross Davis and Sean Gregory.

We wish the best of luck to our Sixth year student Rebekah Grant who is spending this week in Strasbourg, in the shoes of an MEP and visiting the European Parliament.  Rebekah was awarded the chance to travel by the Michael Sweetman Educational Trust, along with 24 other Leaving Certificate Applied students from around Ireland.  The award winners get to spend a day in the shoes of an MEP; learning about the workings of the European Institutions from the inside, discussing democracy and fundamental rights with other teenagers from all over the EU and expressing their personal opinions on Europe in the chamber of the European Parliament.


Many thanks to all the First year parents and guardians who attended last week’s parent-teacher-student meeting.  It was a busy night, and a great opportunity for teachers to meet our First year parents and to chat with students about the goals to be achieved in First year, and how each student has adapted to the changes of attending secondary school. 


Student entrepreneurship is nothing new at CCA and this year two of our TY students have come up with an ingenious and very practical mini-company product that can help us shake off our winter sluggishness!  Eimear Jordan and Rachel Kennedy of Transition Year have created a product called ‘Exerdice’.  It consists of two die, one with different exercises on it, such as push ups, sit ups and squats, and the other with numbers for the amount of repetitions you have to do of the exercise. The product is one of the many impressive mini-company ideas produced this year by our TY enterprise students.


The cast and crew of this year’s CCA musical are hard at work rehearsing for the show, which takes place in March. Please contact the Mermaid Arts Centre to enquire about tickets on (01) 272 4030 for the show, which will run from Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th March inclusive.

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