11th December 2015


Well done to Maciej Goszczycki in sixth year who competed in the National Finals of the Call to Code competition at Google Headquarters in Dublin last week.  Having won 6th place in the senior category of the elimination round, Maciej achieved 2nd place at the finals.  


A massive thank you to all the students who took part in the Carol Service in Kilcoole church last week.  It was a fantastic evening and thoroughly enjoyed by all.  Well done to Holly Martin, Danny Bradley, Neil Greene, Conor Rubalcava and Megan Rea who read and performed on the night.


The TY Environmental Studies group have been working on the school community Christmas tree.  They have made simple white decorations in the shape of stars and angels to hang on the Christmas tree.  Staff and students are invited to write the name of the person they would like to remember and hang it on the tree.  The money collected will be donated to Wicklow Hospice and Childhood Cancer Foundation. 


Many thanks to all staff and students who participated in, and contributed to, the Christmas Jumper Day in the school last Friday.  The festive spirit was well and truly alive in the school!  The first year Peer Mentors also sold candy canes to raise some much needed funds at this time of year. 


Our students enjoyed a really festive series of musical events last week, as part of our celebrations of Christmas at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann. The festive spirit came out in full on Friday, when all First year students took part in a carol service; complete with lots Christmas jumpers and Santa hats out in force!  Ms Armstrong and the CCA choir brought students through a series of great Christmas songs and a lot of fun was had.  On Monday at break time, there were carols for everyone in the GP area, led by the junior and senior music classes.  Many thanks to Ms Armstrong and her singers, who have put a huge amount of preparation into ensuring that our school has been alive with music and Christmas singing this week. 


Third year students undertook a day of aptitude testing last Monday.  The tests, known as Differential Aptitude Tests (DATS), are a test of ability in the areas of verbal and numerical reasoning, different to the Junior Certificate exam in that they measure basic ability, where the exams measure performance and achievement.  The tests are run so that students can identify where their abilities and strengths are, and set career and educational goals to match.   


Annual house exams take place this week.  Best of luck to our students who have worked so hard this term, supported by parents and staff.

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