21st November 2014


CCA students are always to the fore when it comes to business and enterprise, and this week marks the highlight of the business studies calendar.  The theme this year is ‘Inspiring Careers in Business’ and the week is packed with activities, outings, talks and information to encourage students to investigate business-related careers.  TY mini companies will be selling their products to staff and students at break and lunch time, and four lucky companies will be chosen to sell their products in Bank of Ireland, Greystones, on Wednesday.  Speakers for the week who will visit CCA to talk to students and inspire our future entrepreneurs include Elaine Harding of Storm recruitment, who will talk to students about how to create a ‘winning’ CV and make a good impression at interview, Margaret Hoctor of Kilmullen Farm on setting up a business, Dr Therese Moylan from IADT on careers in business, Clodagh O’Brien of Druids Glen Resort, who will talk about the role of a HR manager in a 5 star hotel, among others.  Students will visit DIT business school for a taste of life as a business student as well as AIB Bank, Greystones and Greystones and District Credit Union. 


We had a great day last Wednesday when we hosted our annual visit from students at Newtownmountkennedy Primary school, St Laurence O’Toole National School in Roundwood, St Francis National School in Newcastle and Kilcoole Primary school.  269 students from the four schools spent the day at CCA experiencing student life at CCA.  One of the highlights of the day was a beautiful music recital courtesy of Ms Armstrong’s music students, including a very special solo performance by Shauna O’Connor. 


As part of the Leaving Certificate Biology and Agricultural Science courses, 6th year students of these subjects visited Dublin Zoo last Tuesday.  The students examined ecology habitats at the zoo, and completed an activity report book on the day, which they will then use for exam revision.  Many thanks to the Science department for organising this outing, which was also an enjoyable day of learning for students.


Congratulations to Cia Walsh, Megan Walsh, Laila Phelan and Teegan Grant who were very well placed in the IBTA International Baton Twirling Championships which were held in Dublin recently.  Well done to all the girls for performing so well in a tough competition.


CCA students enjoyed their annual ‘Geography Week’ last week. The highlight of the week was a visit from Mary Killen, a retired geography teacher from Dublin, who is now a team leader with Global Schoolroom.net, an Irish educational charity that works with and helps to train teachers in remote parts of north east India. She has travelled to India many times, and gave the students a fascinating talk and a photo slideshow on many aspects of the Junior Cert curriculum, anchored in the very interesting story of her work in India.  Thanks to Ms Egan for organising this event and to the Geography Department for a great week of interesting activities.


Congratulations to the boys under 15 CCA soccer team who had a fantastic 4 – 0 win against Coláiste Chill Mhantáin last Friday.  It was an excellent team performance with the whole panel playing really well.  Goals were scored by Shane Keenan, Mikel Counihan and Glenn Dunne.  Man of the match was Mikel Counihan who scored two of the four winning goals.  Many thanks to Mr Rice for mentoring this great team.


Well done to Calum Rooney and Ciara Kelly, who won the Under 16 piano duet at the Kilcoole Feis last week.  A very impressive performance by both students.


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. 


The rain failed to dampen the spirits of the under 14 Gaelic footballers of CCA who narrowly missed out on qualification for the South Leinster semi-final last Wednesday.  CCA beat Avondale in the first of two games by a score of 1-8 to 2 points.  Ross Carthy, Leo Hanney and Jason Synnott deserve special mention for their excellent performances.  In the second game, CCA were narrowly beaten by a strong Hackettstown team.  Leo Hanney soldiered on despite receiving a knock – player of the tournament goes to Conor ‘Bomber’ Odlum for a superb performance at full forward.  Thanks to Mr Evoy as team coach for his support of the team.


Transition Year students heard a fascinating account of the life of Tommi Reichental, a survivor of the Holocaust, during a very special talk last week. Mr Reichental visited CCA and spoke to TY students about his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi camps during World War II, about his spirit of survival, and his reflection on his life as a whole.  He spoke to students about the importance of respecting diversity, and standing strong against any form of racism or bullying based on someone’s religion or background.

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