3rd YEAR STUDENT SELECTED FOR LEINSTER METRO UNDER 16s
Third year student Conor Dole has been selected for the 2015/2016 Leinster Metro under 16 rugby squad. Conor was selected by Greystones rugby club to attend a screening trial in September and has now been selected to progress to a summer training programme. A playing squad of 36 will be selected to enter the Shane Horgan challenge which will take place through next season. Greystones RFC have six players selected for this years Leinster Metro squad, the highest number from Greystones RFC on record. Congratulations to Conor on this fantastic achievement.
JUNIOR CAMOGIE TEAM
Congratulations also to the Junior Camogie team who made it to the Junior A camogie final for the second year running. Unfortunately Carnew were the eventual winners on the day but there were excellent individual performances from Jade Byrne and Rachel Crimes among others, as well as a tireless team effort throughout. The girls have had a very successful year again this year, coming through to win the B championships comprehensively and to build a solid reputation for themselves in schools’ camogie in Wicklow. Well done to all the girls involved: Caitlin O’Toole, Sophia Smirnova, Sinead Conway, Jade Byrne, Rachel Crimes, Erika Bellamy, Katie Murray, Chloe Crean, Hetty Messitt, Megan Longmore, Casey Walsh, Holly Bates, Rachel Dutton, Grace Bruton and Catherine Kennedy. A huge thank you to Ms Doyle for her mentoring and guidance of the team throughout the year.
TY TRIP TO DUBLIN ZOO
Transition Year students enjoyed a trip to Dublin Zoo last week, accompanied by their Science teachers. The students were split into two groups, one for a talk on environmental awareness, the other on conservation, with a specific focus on Asian elephants. Dublin Zoo, a 28 hectare site which has been open to the public since 1831, has been transformed in recent years to include several specially designed habitats for groups of animals including primates and elephants, and a soon-to-be unveiled salt water pool for sealions.
PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY
The next few weeks are a busy time of year at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, with many important end-of-year events taking place, including on Friday 15th May, our annual Junior and Senior Prizegiving ceremonies. Our whole school community and invited guests will take time to recognise the hard work and great efforts of our students. Senior and junior students are recognised for their contributions to the school and our community in a wide variety of prizes, including academic, sporting, leadership, entrepreneurship, civic, cultural, musical and artistic categories. Students will be awarded academic prizes in each subject area, with a number of Sixth year students receiving perpetual awards for subjects studied in their Leaving Certificate year. Sporting awards will cover many team and individual efforts from camogie, soccer and hurling to basketball and athletics. Awards will also be given to recognise students who had made significant achievements outside school.
A group of our TY students enjoyed a unique cultural experience last week as they travelled to Wurzburg, Germany, with two of their teachers, to visit our partner school, the Reimschneider Gymnasium. Students spent time with their German counterparts, attending school and also visiting Wurzburg and its surrounding area on this social and cultural exchange. The German teachers and students visited our school last term. Many thanks to Ms Hudson, Mr Kennedy and Ms Buckley for their work in coordinating the exchange.
PREPARATION FOR END OF YEAR EXAMINATIONS
Students are revising and preparing for the end of year house examinations, which will start on Monday 25th May. We wish all our 1st, 2nd, TY and 5th year students well in their exams. Thanks to them and their teachers for their hard work this term and throughout the year.
Congratulations to 2nd year student Troy Scully who won a silver medal in the finals of the South Leinster Mile recently. Troy will now run in the Leinster finals on May 13th. Well done and wishing Troy the best of luck.
LEAVING AND JUNIOR CERTIFICATE PRACTICALS AND COURSEWORK
It is a busy few weeks at school with coursework submissions and practical exams for many of our Junior and Leaving Certificate students, including Art, Metalwork, Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme and Construction studies. Thanks to all the teachers who have put in time to help students prepare for these important deadlines in their exam year, and well done to the students for all their hard work.
SCHOOL WEBSITE PHOTO GALLERY AND PROSPECTUS
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/