11th March 2016


What a fantastic few nights at the Mermaid Arts Centre last week, when CCA students treaded the boards for this year’s annual school musical, ‘Crazy For You’.  A musical about a stage-struck New York playboy, Bobby Child who is sent to a small, poor town in Nevada to close down the local theatre but soon falls in love with the theatre owner’s daughter, the audience were treated to outstanding performances by all the cast, with sets, music and costumes which matched the top-class show.  The musical is a high energy comedy which includes mistaken identity, plot twists, fabulous dance numbers and classic Gershwin music.  Choreographer Ms Yvonne Prendergast and Musical Director Ms Siobhán Gallagher have worked hard with the cast over the last few months as have many staff, students and the Parents’ Council.  


Well done to Troy Scully in third year who won a bronze medal at the Leinster Indoor Championship in Athlone IT last week. 


A great win for the First Year Boys Soccer Team who won the Wicklow/Wexford Final last week.  The score at full- time was 1-1, with the goal coming from Jamie Murray, and the team went on to win 5-3 on penalties.  The penalties kicks were taken and scored by Jamie Dodd, Dylan Fitzsimons, Jordan Brady, Bobby Brady and Reece Scott.  Man of the Match was awarded to Dylan Fitzsimons.  Best of luck to the team in the Leinster Champions League Quarter Final. 


Massive congratulations to Róisín Belton, Lauryn Coughlan and Sinéad Conway who qualified for the National Finals of the ‘Junk Kouture’ competition last week.  It was a full day of judging and dress rehearsals in preparation for the fashion show that evening. They were up against 80 other dress designs and only 19 were selected after the show to go through to the national final in the 3 Arena in April.  Róisín did a great job of modelling the dress on the cat walk and we were all delighted when the judges announced that they had got through to the National Final.  Lots of their family attended the event and it was great to have their support.  We would love it if as many people as possible got tickets for the Final in the 3 Arena and we would like to thank everyone who voted for Solas on Facebook during voting week. 


Congratulations to all those who participated in the Emmanuel Concert in the Helix recently, particularly JJ Nickels who was a presenter on the night.  The school is so proud of you all and how well you represented the school. 


We really enjoyed this year’s Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations, which saw students and staff really making an extra effort to ‘bi ag caint as Gaeilge’.  Students did ceilí dancing, learned seanfhocail, and took part in in-class Trath na gCeist.  Ms Armstrong also organised a ceilí for Kilcoole primary school students.   One of the highlights of last week was the short play ‘as Gaeilge’ organised by our TY students with the students at Newtown Primary School.  There was also a ‘Club Gaeilge’ each lunchtime, where students came along and used their ‘cúpla focal’ in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.  Many thanks to the Irish and music departments and our TY students for their work in organising the events.  


Well done to everyone who took part in the Avondale 3km trail run last week.  Special mention goes to Stevie Stokes, Aoife Bradley and Amelia Wolk, who came first, second and third in the 1st year girls respectively, Seán Lacey and Adam Gallagher who came first and second in the 2nd year boys, Jack Doyle and Mikel Counihan who came second and third in the 3rd year boys, Ann Christian-Glass who came first in the 5th year girls, Troy Scully who was the first runner home overall in 9 minutes 53 seconds and also came first in the 3rd year boys. 


Many thanks to the Transition Year Development Education class and their teacher Mr. Healy for the recent Global Issues Fortnight in the school.  These two weeks highlighted the importance of sourcing Fair Trade items to help developing countries around the world.  Many thanks to Fyffes Bananas for donating 600 bananas and a suit to the school.  Alex Synnott was great in his role as the ‘Banana Guy’.  The students also visited the CSPE and SPHE classes in the school to do walking debates with the first and second year students.  Our gratitude also to Ms. Walshe and Ms. Cogavin for making banana bread and muffins for the staff.  Guest speakers also visited the school from Concern Worldwide and GOAL. 


Well done to our Junior Certificate students who participated in the State oral exams in French and Irish over the last two weeks.  The oral component of the Junior Certificate exam is an important way for students to build competence in the language they are studying and is excellent preparation for the Leaving Certificate. 


Our French exchange visitors have returned to France after enjoying a busy week at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann.  The students experienced school life at CCA, as well as taking part in activities such as Irish dancing, GAA, Metalwork and Home Economics.  A trip to Wicklow’s Historic Gaol, Glendalough, Dundrum Shopping Centre and sightseeing in Dublin were all part of the week’s activities.  It was a great opportunity for our students to hear French being spoken around CCA and to practice their own French. Many thanks to the French Department for organising the visit. 

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