13th May 2016


On Thursday May 5th 38 students accompanied by 5 teachers arrived from Sweden.  They shadowed our music students for the morning.  There was a performance in the GP area of some Swedish folk songs, a song with body percussion as well as "Will you go Lassie go".  We look forward to continuing our link with this school in Halsingborg. 


A group of Transition year students participated in a German Exchange with the Riemenschneider School in Wurzburg, Germany.  Students participated in many activities, including cycling along the Maine River for 30 km taking in some sights and canoeing.   They attended classes and prepared a presentation on the German Irish Exchange.  The group also went zip lining and did a tour of the city.  During their stay, the students visited the Unesco Heritage Site, The Residence.  Many thanks to Ms Buckley and Mr Kennedy for organising and accompanying the students on what was a most enjoyable trip. 


Well done to Ms Hennessy and the CCA Players on their very successful production of ‘Sive’.  The excellent acting skills and professionalism of the students was very much in evidence over the three nights’ performances.  The students involved were: Ruth Howell, Thomas Brady, Alanna Devlin Merriman, Orla Bradshaw, Marc Brady, Keegan Heffernan, Liam Lynskey-McWatt, Kevin Gillan and Conor Rubalcava. 


Well done to 5CKY who completed their HCT task recently.  As part of the Hotel Catering and Tourism programme in LCA, students had to research, bake, label and package a product.  They also had to carry out a research project on their product.  They all made different products which included flapjacks, brownies, cheesecakes, cookies, jam, caramel slices, rocky road and chocolate cake.  Students then had to carry out an interview and state how they would go about marketing this product for selling.  The examiner was very impressed with the students’ interview skills and the level of work they had put into their products and research.


Well done to the following CCA Science students who took part in the recent SciFest@College event in DCU last week: Casey Walshe, Coady McMahon, Hyrum Scott, Osereme Atiyota, Odhran Wall, Jamie Lee Cummins, Ciarán Crimes, Eleanor Short, Jenitta Jimmy, Amy McManus, Kellianne Coughlan, Róisín O Neill, Alex Brady, Jack Brady, Kayla Devlin, Lucy Cooney, Amelia Wolk, Luke Nolan, Adam Podeva and Jamie Bateson.  A special well done to Kellianne Coughlan and Róisín O'Neill won the Sustainable Energy award from SEAI, which now means that they are eligible for the All-Ireland Final; Jenitta Jimmy who won the Intel award for the Best Physical Science or Technology project; Hyrum Scott and Reme Atiyota who won the Newstalk Best Communicator award and Maciej Goszczycki who won the DCU Best Individual Award.  SciFest was a fantastic experience for all of the students who took part this year.    The Science Department are proud of how all students represented themselves, the school and their work.  Many of them are already looking forward to next year’s endeavours!


Well done to Conor Clack in fifth year who organised a recent soccer match between the teachers and students in the school, raising an amazing €1100 for Wicklow Cancer Support.  The students emerged victorious on the day, with the final score being 7-4 in their favour.  Well done to all involved and many thanks to the students who gave so generously to this very worthy cause.


Prize Day takes place this Friday May 20th.  The whole school community and invited guests will take time to recognise the hard work and great efforts of our students over the past academic year in many categories including academic, sporting, leadership, entrepreneurship, civic, cultural, musical and artistic.  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 covering team and individual efforts from camogie, soccer and hurling to basketball and athletics will also be presented. 


Next Thursday evening, 26th May, sixth year students will bid an emotional farewell to Coláiste Chraobh Abhann at their final graduation ceremony. There will be speeches from students and staff and a series of songs sung by the students.  Ms Smith, year head, will give the ‘Rogha na Bliana’ award to the most outstanding boy and girl of the year, along with other prizes.  Staff, parents and local clergy will be in attendance for what promises to be a memorable evening.


Staff, students and parents look forward to an exciting and varied evening on Tuesday 31st May at the TY exhibition evening.  This is an evening where parents can really appreciate the personal development and teamwork that marks out TY as such an important year for many students.  There will be exhibits covering entrepreneurship, music, drama, art and many more.  Many thanks to all the staff who are helping prepare students for this important evening.

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