24th April 2015


Coláiste Chraobh Abhann has taken its first steps towards becoming a health-promoting school.  Monica Keane from Blackrock Education Centre came to CCA last week to facilitate the first meeting of the Health Promoting Schools (HPS) team, which comprises members from the whole school community including teaching and non-teaching staff, students and parents. The HPS aims to foster the healthy development of the whole school community so staff, students and parents’ emotional, psychological and physical well-being is promoted.  This is an initiative that has been developed between the HSE and the Department of Education.   Research shows that schools taking part in the programme can expect benefits including better learning outcomes for students, improved staff well-being, lower incidences of bullying and improved relationships within the school. CCA is the first school in the region to receive the HPS banner.  The next stage involves a survey of the whole school community to see which area the school will work on improving over the next two years out of three options: healthy eating, physical activity or mental health.   There are many teaching staff on the team, as well as parent Linda Murphy and students Holly Martin, Jade Byrne, Charley Delaney Byrne and Ciarán Crimes.


Congratulations to our 16 newly appointed peer mentors who were announced last week after a formal selection process. The students will be trained in leadership and personal development by Karen Carter from Arklow Springboard. We look forward to the positive impact our peer mentors will make to our school community, guiding and supporting our first years next August.  The team of peer mentors are: Conor Murphy Toole, Eoin Vines, Conor Rubalcava, Thomas Kearns, Holly Martin, Orla Bradshaw, Ella Neary, Shauna Murtagh, Clodagh Bradshaw, Jessie Kenny, Olivia Mackey, Aoife Meagher, Chloe Davidson, Eleanor Kenna, Jodie Byrne and Rachel Kennedy. 


Congratulations to CCA’s 1st year gaelic football team who beat Arklow CBS 10-5 to 5-5 in the Co Wicklow Post Primary Schools 1st Year Gaelic Football B semi-final last week. On a beautiful day for football at Pearses’ Park, Arklow, the boys from both schools served up a thrilling contest. The first half was nip and tuck with the play going from end to end.  Approaching half time CCA had a one point lead only to concede two goals just before the break to leave them trailing 1-4 to 3-3. Ciárán Crimes was the goal scorer.  The chips were down but with leaders like Luke O’Callaghan, Cian McHugh and Oisín Cullen the CCA team set about the task in earnest. Adam Gallagher was switched from the goal to full forward and he made a huge impact on the game. A goal fest transpired. Two each from Adam Gallagher and Oisín Cullen and four more from those listed below. Arklow replied with 2-2 to their credit and never gave up. Well done to both teams on an exciting contest.  The CCA team and scorers were: Adam Gallagher(2-0), Kalon Murdiff, Luke O’Callaghan, Marc Walsh, Oisín Cosgrave(1-0), Cian McHugh, Seán Leacy, Oisín Cullen(2-1), Ryan Murray(1-2), Diarmuid Murphy(0-1), Ciarán Keogh(1-0), Jack Elliot(1-1), Fionn Mansfield, Alec Green, Ciarán Crimes(1-0). Subs: Cormac Timmons, Kian Marah.


Congratulations to the TY debating team of Conor Rubalcava, Aoife Meagher, Jade Breen and Clodagh Bradshaw, who did themselves and the school proud last week in the semi-final against St Brendan’s in Bray.  They were narrowly defeated by the St Brendan’s team and the judges commended them for their wonderful performances.


Congratulations to Eimear Jordan and Rachel Kennedy from mini company ‘Exerdice’ who represented County Wicklow in the Irish Senior Student Enterprise Awards in Croke Park Conference Centre last Wednesday. All judges and members of the public were impressed with their innovative product, their enticing display and their energy and enthusiasm for their product. CCA are very proud of its young entrepreneurs.


Coláíste Chraobh Abhann Players are presenting the play Shadow of a Gunman by Seán O'Casey in the Newcastle Inn Theatre this week on Thursday 28th, Friday 29th and Saturday 30th 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


Best of luck to our Leaving and Junior Certificate students who are doing their practical exams at the moment in many subjects including art, music, home economics and more.  We wish them the best of luck, and say a special thank you to their teachers who have guided them through these exams with so much help and support.  

The CCA school website has an updated gallery of photos highlighting all the events and activities in which students have been involved this year: parents and anyone interested is invited to browse at https://colaisteca.ie/index.php/about-cca/media-gallery/photo-gallery-2014-2015/.  We have also launched a new school prospectus, which can be found on the school website at http://www.colaisteca.ie/index.php/about-cca/prospectus/ 


We are delighted to announce our 2015 LGBT ‘Stand Up’ week which is running this week.  Many thanks to the students and staff who got so involved in what was a really successful LGBT week at CCA.  As part of the week, our GP area hosted a colourful display outlining support services for LGBT students in the Wicklow area.  TY students spoke at junior assemblies, video clips from the ‘Stand Up’ support group were shown during tutor time, LGBT statistics were displayed on school monitors and there was a box placed at reception where students placed suggestions on how to prevent homophobic bullying and how to help further create LGBT awareness in the school. Many other activities took place and students felt the impact of reflecting on how important inclusion is in our school community.  Thanks to Ms Walsh and the SPHE team for organising the week.

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