3rd October 2014


The annual sponsored 10K walk is taking place today, Wednesday October 8th.  All students and staff are participating in this event, along with many parents and members of the local community.  Senior and Junior students will follow two different routes.  Senior students will do the coastal walk to Greystones, while junior students will do the coastal walk towards Newcastle.  As part of the event, students are being asked to raise a minimum of €10 sponsorship from family and friends.  There will be a prize from the Parents Association for: (1) the largest individual sponsorship collected in each class in the school; (2) the largest individual sponsorship collected across the whole school and (3) the class that has collected the largest average sponsorship per student in the class. 


Our annual Maths Week is currently taking place.  There are plenty of activities taking place during the week to encourage our budding 'Einsteins' to put their Maths skills into practice. These include a problem of the day, a family quiz which students can bring home and the winner will be picked at the end of the week, a Maths eyes competition with first years, a design a clock face competition with Transition Year students, a Maths and global issues competition.  There will also be many visual displays around the school highlighting the important role which Maths plays in our lives. 


The Parent/Teacher/Student meeting for third year students will take place on Thursday October 9th from 4.15p.m. to 6.45p.m.  All students and their parents or guardians are encouraged to attend.  Classes for students will finish at 3.30p.m.  


Preparations are underway for this year’s annual ‘Open Night’ on Thursday October 23rd, where we welcome prospective and current parents and members of our community to visit our school.  Students and staff will be showcasing the range of academic, extra-curricular and sporting activities which take place in our school, as well as the work of our student council, our choir, dancing, drama and the many more roles our students play in their rich and diverse school life.  


There is a great sense of excitement around the school building this week as auditions are taking place for this year’s school musical ‘Footloose’.  Students are now anxiously waiting to see who will be given the lead and support roles.  Work will then begin in earnest as cast members get to grips with their scripts, their dance moves and their songs.  We wish them well in their hard work and look forward to seeing the final show early next year in the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray.  


Best wishes to all our Transition Year students who will be taking part in two weeks’ work experience from Monday October 13th.  We wish them well and hope they gain some insightful experience into the world of work.  


There will be an Information Night for all parents and guardians of sixth year students on Wednesday October 15th at 7.30p.m.  This meeting is being held to give parents information regarding careers and college placements, while also informing them about the CAO process.


On Wednesday September 24th, students from 4th, 5th and 6th year took part in the first leg of the school's internal GAA football blitz. In glorious weather conditions both teams, "Red" vs. "Yellow", played some excellent football. On the day the "Yellow" team won by 9 points. However, all is to play for in the second leg which takes place next Wednesday. Honourable mentions must go to Robin Keogh & Aaron Roche. 


The winner of the recent Diversity Week poster competition was Cillian Molloy from 6th year.  Well done Cillian! 


Astronomer / Artist Deirdre Kelleghan visited the Coláiste Chraobh Abhann TY Astronomy class on Tuesday September 16th and gave a fascinating talk on the ESA's (European Space Agency) current Rosetta mission to land a probe on a comet that orbits the sun once every 6.6 years between the orbits of Jupiter and Earth.  Launched in March 2004, it has taken the Rosetta mission 10 years to reach its destination, but on November 12th, the ESA hopes to land the first ever probe on a comet and to successfully conduct the most detailed study of a comet in the history of space exploration.  The probe which is named Philae is equipped with cameras and scientific equipment and it is hoped it will reveal some of the most dramatic images and scientific data, which will shed light on fundamental questions about our solar system and even our own planet.  Deirdre explained that comets are some of the oldest bodies in our solar system made up of ice and by revealing their makeup, we will learn a lot about how our early solar system formed, and may even help to answer if comets are responsible for bringing water and amino acids (the building blocks for life) to Earth.  Deirdre showed the students a model of the comet she made, which in reality is 3.5 km x 4km, and showed the proposed areas where the small probe Philae will land.  Students made their own models of the comet from plasticine, before getting a unique opportunity to observe incredible solar prominences and sun spots on the surface of the sun through a special solar telescope. 


The Music Outreach Programme will recommence this term with Ms Alison Doole.  Ms Mitchell is currently accepting enrolment forms and music fees from students.  The aim of the Music Outreach Programme is to make Music tuition available to all students at an affordable cost in the school setting.  Coláiste Chraobh Abhann facilitates Ms Alison Doole, a qualified music teacher in providing this opportunity to students during the school day.  Lessons take place on Wednesdays and each student will have their own individual rolling timetable.  The Music Outreach Programme may be used by students to learn a musical instrument or train their voice, prepare for the performing element of the Junior Certificate/Leaving Certificate Music examinations, prepare for ABRSM/RIAM Music examinations or to achieve a Gaisce award.  No previous experience is required to take part in the Music Outreach Programme.  Please contact Ms Mitchell for further details.

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