7th November 2014


Our budding scientists are having a great week this week as Coláiste Chraobh Abhann celebrates its annual ‘Science Week’ from 10th to 14th November.  This year, the theme of the week is ‘The Power of Science’.   Classroom quizzes, fun science facts, presentations and prizes are all part of the week’s activities.  Each day, there will be a ‘Science Question of the Day’.  First year students will be taking part in a workshop where their challenge will be to build the paper aeroplane with the longest flight path, TY students will be measuring their ‘Personal Power’ and more.  We are delighted to announce also the return of our weekly Science Club, on Tuesdays from 4 – 5pm.  Students with an interest in science can spend time exploring areas they are interested in with the help of our science teachers. All are welcome.


Many thanks to the parents and students who attended last week’s 6th year parent-teacher-student meeting, which was a very successful evening.  Our 6th year students are working very hard towards their Leaving Certificate goals and we hugely appreciate the support of parents at this time.  A huge thanks to our teachers who are working with students to achieve their target grades as part of their focus on their third level course choices.  Teachers also met parents and students on this evening as part of our ongoing mentoring programme, which allows each senior student to access the advice and support of teachers as they are making their college choices. 


Well done to the girls on the CCA senior camogie team, who played a great match but were unfortunately beaten by a strong Avondale side last week.  Great work by all the team and best of luck for the rest of the year.  Many thanks to Ms Doyle for her coaching.


Well done to everyone from Coláiste Chraobh Abhann who took part in the cross country event at Avondale Community College last week.  Cross country running is a very popular part of our extra-curricular sports at CCA.  Especially well done to Troy Scully who came first in the 2nd year boys race.  Congratulations also to Lucy McCabe who came in the top ten of the 1st year girls at the event, and to Elzbieta Blacharska, who was placed in the top ten of the senior girls.  A big well done also to Alan Gallagher, Oisin Cullen and Cian McHugh, who all came in the top ten of the first year boys.  Thanks to Ms Connolly for organising this outing.


Final applications are being taken for any student who is interested in taking part in this year’s Music lessons for piano, singing, cello, harp and guitar, as part of the Music Outreach programme.  Many students have gained hugely from these lessons at CCA.  Please contact Ms Mitchell for further information.  Students will be able to enrol again after Christmas for the second term of lessons in 2015.


Students worked hard last Friday morning with the help of tutors and their Year Heads to set their academic targets for this term.  Each student reviewed their Halloween assessment report and set their target grades for the Christmas exams.


A big well done to our junior boys, who played fantastically in last Wednesday's GAA blitz, playing three matches against Avondale, Blessington and St Brendan’s.  The CCA players won all three games, with an easy win in the second game but a closer call in the first and third.  A special mention must go to Leo Hanney from 2nd year for his excellent performance, and to all the members of the team who pulled together for a great performance from CCA on the day.  Many thanks to Mr Evoy for his hard work in training and mentoring the team.


Looking forward to the rest of November at CCA, we have a busy schedule of events lined up!  Our 5th year students will take part in a week’s placement in employment from 17th to 21st of November.  Students will be getting a chance to experience careers in sectors including healthcare, computing, accountancy, hair and beauty, business, teaching and childcare, among others.  Students will have the opportunity when they return to school to reflect on what they experienced in their work placement, and evaluate their interest in the career they have investigated.
As part of our ongoing Primary schools transition programme, on Wednesday 19th November students from Newtownmountkennedy Primary school, St Laurence O’Toole National School in Roundwood, St Francis National School in Newscastle and Kilcoole Primary school  will spend the day experiencing student life at CCA, including visits to classrooms and meeting the Principal and Deputy Principal.

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