February 6th


Students and staff at CCA are enjoying our annual Healthy Eating Week this week.  A wide range of activities are taking place including a visit by Bord Bia to Transition Year students, a breakfast club in the Home Economics kitchen every morning featuring a range of healthy foods, fruit salads and smoothies available at lunchtime in the GP area and competitions and quizzes.  Students will also have a talk from a local dentist about the importance of healthy eating to protect our teeth, and a chef will be demonstrating healthy cookery.  Many thanks to the Home Economics department for organising what is always an informative and enjoyable week of activities. 


This week our Transition year students have been raising awareness around our school for The Caroline Foundation. This foundation is in honour of the late Caroline Dwyer Hickey, who was diagnosed with cancer and after a long 9 year battle, passed away in 2013 aged 35.The foundation was created to support the work of Professor John Crown and employ a research scientist.  TY students raised a total of €300 to donate to the cause and we have also raised awareness about the work of the foundation and cancer research in general.  Special thanks to Mr. Dunne, Ms. Reilly, Ms. McCormack and Ms Clarke for their support and to Clodagh Bradshaw and Simone Meakin and TY students for their hard work on this worthy cause. 


Well done to our 3rd and 6th year exam students who are completing their second week of mock exams.  Students are looking forward to a well-earned break at mid-term.  


Congratulations to the 1st year boys’ soccer team who have progressed to the Wicklow/Wexford league semi-finals after beating Coláiste Bhríde Carnew on Friday by one goal to nil. Kilcoole took the lead after fifteen minutes from a corner kick. Daniel Testa took the corner kick with Adam Gallagher climbing highest in the box to powerfully head the ball into the net. A well-deserved lead after dominating the first half. Carnew came back into the match in the second half, but Kilcoole held on for a deserved victory. Stand out performances from Daniel Testa, Kacper Razniak, Adam Gallagher, Oisín Cullen and Kian Marah. 


Congratulations to Eoin Vines for his excellent performance at the recent Greystones Toastmasters Open Night.  Eoin was confident and poised in his delivery and is an excellent ambassador for young Toastmasters.  Well done Eoin and to all our TY toastmaster students. 


CCA welcomes the parents and guardians of our Transition Year students to the Parent-Teacher-Student meeting on Thursday 12th February.  Our TY students are taking part in a very wide range of activities and have made a great contribution to school and local community this year.  


The Science Department are currently organising this year’s CCA entrants to the annual ‘Sci-Fest’ competition.  Sci-Fest is a series of one-day science fairs for second-level schools, hosted by schools and Institutes of Technology. Sci-Fest operates locally, nationally and internationally and its aim is to promote enquiry and curiosity among science students. Each Friday lunchtime students interested in entering the competition can meet Ms O’Gara in F2 at 12.35pm.  All years are welcome! 


 Our 2nd year students are getting ready for their forthcoming school trip to Paris, which will take place from Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th March.  Students travelling to Paris will visit EuroDisney, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum and other important Parisian sights.  One of the highlights of the trip will be a tour of the Stade de France.  Many thanks to Mr Halpin for organising this year’s trip. 


Commiserations to our 1st year boys Gaelic footballers who lost to Coláiste Chill Mhantáin last week.  The team played in very challenging conditions: snow, hard rain, wind and sunshine.  The best performances were from Kamil Pawlak in goal, Cian McHugh and Luke O’Callaghan in defence, Daniel Testa and Oisin Cullen in midfield and Tom Fitzgerald Murray and Ciaran Keogh in attack. 

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