15th January 2016


Many thanks to the past pupils who visited the school recently to speak to the senior students about their college and course.  Trinity College`s Business faculty was ably represented by Anthony Harmon McDonald, while the very articulate Áine McCarthy was a great advocate for their Law faculty.  From UCD we temporarily borrowed Alannah Bellamy from her studies of English, French and Law.  The UCD contingent was also assisted by Kyle Flynn, Jesvin Joe Jimmy and Jarek Blacharski from the Department of Engineering.  Claire O`Toole was able to steer students in the direction of UCD`s nursing faculty and spoke eloquently about the rewards and challenges both with the course work and hospital placements.  Carrie Thorpe was a great attraction for those aspiring to the UCD medical faculty.  Aoife Corcoran, Daragh O`Toole Eglington and Conor Bradshaw were great representatives for DCU in the areas of Primary School Teaching, Mechatronics and Communication Studies respectively.  Creativity was brought to the proceedings by Orlaith DePaor studying in the National College of Art and Design.  The effervescent April Nyakudya single handedly, yet thoroughly, shared her experiences and insights into the life of a DIT Business and Spanish studies student.   Sincere thanks especially to Eoghan Marah for taking a train all the way from IT Tralee and the faculty of Health, Leisure and Physiology. Studying in close proximity to Eoghan, Emma Kavanagh lent her usual friendly demeanour to the day to talk about the Science Education programme for budding science teachers, wishing to study in the University of Limerick.  Jess Scott could not have done more to convince students to study in the dynamic and forward thinking campus of IT Carlow where she is enjoying herself and her course of choice, Social Studies.  We would like for all of our students to feel that they can access our ever expanding past pupils’ network, in addition to attending Open Days, College trips and conducting college course research.   Sincere thank you to you all again!  Your time, enthusiasm, kindness and energy is very valued and appreciated. 


Five Coláiste Chraobh Abhann students were honoured to be selected as recipients of A Wicklow Garda Award for their outstanding work in the community.  Transition Year students Jade Byrne, Brian Short, Áine Gammell, Aaron O'Brien and Kate Toner received the accolade at a recent awards ceremony in The Parkview Hotel.  The students were the managers of the CCA Pop Up shop and the Gardaí noted that through this initiative they made a valuable contribution to their local community.  We are very proud of them! 


As part of the Sky Sports for Living programme, Irish international Jenny Murphy visited the school last Thursday to work with our students in the areas of motivation, teamwork and confidence building. She shared her story with the students, having competed in the recent Women's Rugby World Cup and also took a training session with the Senior Girls Footballers. Jenny will return to the school next month to work with the target group 5CKY on aspirations and goal setting. 


Fifth year students are currently filling out their ‘Personal Plan’, which encourages them to reflect on their study routine and lifestyle, and to plan towards their CAO and Leaving Certificate goals.  All fifth year students will have a meeting with their mentor teacher to discuss their third level aspirations during the Parent-Teacher-Student meeting at the end of January. 


Many thanks to all the First year parents and guardians who attended last week’s parent-teacher-student meeting.  It was a busy night, and a great opportunity for teachers to meet our First year parents and to chat with students about the goals to be achieved in First year, and how each student has adapted to the changes of attending secondary school.  


The cast and crew of this year’s CCA musical are hard at work rehearsing for the show, which takes place in March. Please contact the Mermaid Arts Centre to enquire about tickets on (01) 272 4030 for the show, which will run from Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th March inclusive.

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