6th March 2015


Our TY choir experienced a wonderful evening of music at the annual ‘Emmanuel’ concert at the DCU Helix Theatre.  23 schools including Coláiste Chraobh Abhann performed at the concert, which is a project of the Dublin Diocesan Liturgical Resource Centre and promotes the use of Sacred Music in Secondary Schools. The concert involves over two thousand secondary school students from all over Dublin and Wicklow, over three days. Well done particularly to Holly Martin and Robyn Phipps Rooney who introduced two songs at the concert. 


Congratulations to the CCA junior girls’ football team who took part in the county blitz in Ballinakill recently. The girls got off to a great start beating Avondale CC and Arklow CC in their first two games before being narrowly defeated by St. Mary's. Next up was St. David’s, Greystones and both teams played put on great performances in what were very difficult conditions to battle it out for a spot in the final. St. David’s came out two point winners in the end despite a tireless and spirited effort from the CCA girls.  Well done to all involved.

The panel was: Captain Laoise Cullen, Caitlin O’Toole, Sophia Smirnova, Jade Byrne, Rachel Crimes, Molly Hayes, Erika Bellamy, Amy Byrne, Sinead Jordan, Aoife Murtagh, Amy Mc Manus, Lillian Molloy, Katie Murray, Hetty Messitt, Chloe Crean, Eleanor Short, Kaitlin-Synnott Daly, Megan Longmore and Kym Dempsey. 


Congratulations to our TY debating team Conor Rubalcava, Aoife Meagher, Jade Breen and Clodagh Bradshaw who have made it to the semi-final of the Bray Lions Debating Competition.  They did themselves and the school proud last week, winning against Loreto Bray.  Good luck in the next round of the competition. 


Last week marked Coláiste Chraobh Abhann’s inaugural ‘Arts Week’, five days of exhibits and demonstrations to showcase our practical and artistic subjects.  On Monday, the school was rockin’ to the sound of Ms Armstrong’s music students at break and lunch time in the GP area.  This was followed by demonstrations, exhibits, portrait sketching and more by students from Woodwork, Metalwork, Art and Home Economics for the rest of the week.  Many thanks to all the students and teachers who put in a lot of time and effort to prepare for the week.  


A lot of fun is being had ‘as gaeilge’ this week and next week as part of CCA’s annual Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations.  Students have been ceilí dancing, learning seanfhocail, and taking part in a Trath na gCeist. Ms Armstrong also organised a ceilí for Kilcoole primary school students.   Each morning during tutor time students have the chance to play a ‘guess the song’ game where the title of a well-known song is given in Irish and students have to guess the English title. We look forward to next week’s activities.  Many thanks to the Irish and music departments for their work in organising the events. 


Congratulations to Robert Clarkson in 6th year who was a member of the Newtown United team who beat League of Ireland side Shelbourne in the Leinster Senior Cup.  They will now go on to play Bohemians in the quarter final of the competition. 


The CCA Irish dancers are busy with several events this term: last Tuesday they put on a dancing display for staff and students as part of our annual Arts Week.  Last Friday they performed for staff and students at St Catherine’s Special School in Newcastle and at Newtown Primary School as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge.  On Monday 16th March they will dance the Siege of Ennis and the Walls of Limerick with the visiting French students from Barentin. 


Coláiste Chraobh Abhann’s ninth annual musical production, ‘FOOTLOOSE’ is running this week from Wednesday to Friday at the Mermaid Arts Centre. A musical about a teenager, Ren MacCormack, who gets a big dose of culture shock when he moves from big-city Boston to a small Southern town, it has really set our student rehearsals alight and we look forward to the show! Each year, Coláiste Chraobh Abhann’s musical provides our students with the opportunity to develop socially, personally and artistically by joining the cast of the chosen production.  Cast members always remember the show as one of the highlights of their school lives and cherish the memories for many years to come. Choreographer Ms Yvonne Prendergast and Musical Director Ms Siobhán Gallagher have worked hard with the cast over the last few months as have many of CCA’s staff, students and the CCA Parents’ Council. 


We wish the best of luck to our Junior Certificate language students who will be doing their oral exams in French and Irish over the next two weeks.  The oral component of the exam is an important way for students to build competence in the language they are studying and is excellent preparation for the Leaving Certificate.


We look forward to welcoming our French exchange visitors next week from Lycée Thomas Corneille in Barentin, north-west France.  The students and teachers will spend a week staying with host families and taking part in activities at school and around Dublin and Wicklow.  It is 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.

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