13th November 2015


As part of our ongoing Primary Schools Transition Programme, on Wednesday, 18th November, pupils from Newtownmountkennedy Primary school, St Laurence O’Toole National School in Roundwood, St Francis National School in Newcastle and Kilcoole Primary school are spending the day experiencing student life at CCA, including visits to classrooms and meeting the Principal and Deputy Principal.  The students will enjoy a music recital courtesy of Ms Armstrong’s music students and get a chance to take part in activities in subjects such as Art, Metalwork, Science and PE.  


Thanks to all the staff and students who so generously contributed to our shoebox appeal in aid of children in Swaziland.  The contents of the shoeboxes will be the presents these children receive for Christmas, so every item donated is hugely appreciated.  Many thanks to the TY students who worked hard to organise and promote this appeal.  


Transition Year students are currently on their French exchange trip to Lycée Thomas Corneille in Barentin, near Rouen in France.  During their stay, the students will spend some time in class, experiencing what French school life is like.  They will also go on a day trip to both Paris and Rouen, seeing the many tourist sights in these beautiful cities.  A big thanks to Ms O Reilly and Ms Cluskey who have accompanied the students on the trip, which is both academically and culturally enriching.  


Thanks to the science teachers for all their work last week in organising the annual Science Week.  Students really enjoyed the opportunity to take a look at science from a more fun perspective.  Each day at lunchtime, there were physics, biology, chemistry and agricultural science demonstrations for students, while there was a question of the day every morning in tutor time. 


Many thanks to the parents, staff and members of our local community who attended the very moving remembrance service for family members and friends who have passed away, which was held at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann last Wednesday evening.  During the service, there was a special ritual of remembrance, where those in the congregation who had lost loved ones were invited to light a candle to remember them.  Many thanks to music students who provided the musical backdrop, supported by their teacher Ms Armstrong.  Many thanks also to Ms Madden for her organisation of the event.  


The first year boys’ soccer team had a great win last week against St. David’s, winning on a scoreline of 12-0.  The goals came from Dylan Fitzsimons (5), Jamie Dodd (3), Jamie Murray (2), Jordan Brady (1) and Bobby Brady (1).  Man of the match on the day was Jamie Dodd.  Well done boys!

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