20th March 2015

The Coláiste Chraobh Abhann Players are presenting the play Shadow of a Gunman by Seán O'Casey in the Newcastle Inn Theatre on 28th, 29th and 30th April 2015.  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 at 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 .  The play has already received huge recognition after it was shortlisted from over 3000 plays across Ireland for the Bord Gáis National Theatre Awards last month.  The CCA Players were also 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’.  


Our French exchange visitors from Lycée Thomas Corneille in Barentin, north-west France, enjoyed a great week at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann last week.  The students stayed with TY and 5th year students and experienced 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 were part of the week’s activities.  It was 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.



Well done to Paul McKenna, Oisin Cosgrave, Sean Lacey, Adam Gallagher, Mark Curley, Fionn Mansfield, Jack Elliot and Kalon Murdiff who took part in a hurling blitz recently in Rathdrum. Also to Glenn Dunne, Joe McDonald, Conor Devlin and Adam Heffernan who played with the Combined Wicklow Schools Juvenile team in a Leinster competition on Thursday 12th March.  Congratulations to our under 15 girls’ soccer team, who had a 3 nil win over Adamstown Community College, Lucan last Thursday.  All three winning goals were scored by Ciara Dease.  Stand-out performances from Rachel Crawford, Ciara Dease and Lillian Molloy. We wish the girls best of luck in their next match, the Quarter Finals of the U15 Leinster Girls Soccer competition.



We wish the best of luck to Oscar Hancock of TY who is in Dubai for the world title weight-lifting challenge. Oscar is looking to earn points to get a qualification for the Irish Paralympic team for Rio 2016. 


Second year students are looking forward to a really enjoyable three days in Paris on the annual school trip, which will take place from Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th March.  Students will visit a host of famous Paris sights including the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysee, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre museum.  Highlights of the trip will be a tour of the Stade de France and, of course, a day at EuroDisney!  Many thanks to Mr Halpin for organising this year’s trip and Mr Evoy as Year Head who with his team of tutors will accompany the students.



Coláiste Chraobh Abhann TY students and Newtown Primary School are promoting the use of the Irish language in a fun and creative way.  The TY students have helped a 4th class group of students prepare for an all-Irish play which the primary students staged.  The last four months have seen Mr Keddy's 4th class work on the play,  ‘Balor na Súile Nimhe’,  under the guidance and direction of Mr Rice and Mr Ó Súilleabháin from CCA.  The play is based on the legend of ‘Balor of the Evil Eye’ which is set on Tory Island. It depicts the story of the Balor, a despotic giant who rules over the island and its people with his poisonous eye. When Balor's Grandson Lúgh learns of the prophecy that only he can kill the tyrant giant, he sets off on a dangerous journey to avenge his family's murder. The play was staged in Newtown Primary school during Seachtain na Gaeilge on Friday the 13th March, accompanied by wonderful music from the TY students Holly Martin and Neil Greene and an amazing acting performance from all the 4th class cast.  It was attended by teachers, parents and friends from both schools and was a great success.


A group of TY students attended a workshop at the office of the Ombudsman for Children, Emily Logan, last week. Accompanied by Ms Cowap, the students got a very interesting insight into the work carried out by the Ombudsman for Children and the importance of her role in Irish law and society.


Our Transition Year students are busy this week on their work experience, getting the chance to take a closer look at careers in areas like media, healthcare, retail, hotel management, accountancy and banking.  The week is a really valuable time for students to take a step away from school life and understand the importance of getting a sense of what kind of career they are suited to.  Many thanks to all the employers who have given our students this opportunity.



Ms Driver’s senior Agricultural Science students spent a fascinating research day at Grange Research Farm, in Dunsany, Co. Meath last Thursday.  The trip, organised by Teagasc, allowed students to take part in practical demonstrations of skills and aspects of farming and agricultural production in Ireland, as part of their course work for this Leaving Certificate subject.  Areas covered included farm machinery, grassland, calf rearing, understanding greenhouse gases, quality of meat, DNA extraction and the dairy industry. Many thanks to Ms Driver for her organisation of this valuable trip.

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