20th November 2015


Local residents in Kilcoole may have noticed that in recent days a vacant premises on the main street has been transformed by hardworking transition year students who have turned it into their own enterprise.  We were delighted to launch the ‘Coláiste Chraobh Abhann Young Entrepreneur Pop-up Shop’ last Thursday.  It is open from a retail premises next to Centra in Kilcoole until this Saturday November 28th.  The shop will be open from 9am to 5pm daily, with late night opening on Thursday until 8pm.  The pop up shop is an innovative idea where Transition Year students will be responsible for the operation of a retail premises including the day to day activities of sales, marketing, production and finance. We are only in a position to launch this venture due to the support and generous sponsorship from businesses in our local community.  The pop up shop will be open every day for a 10 day period and the students will sell the products they have designed and developed over the past number of months.  Products that the students have established include home blended teas, children’s books, headphone devices, candles and board games to promote the use of Irish, to name a few.  Please support our young entrepreneurs and pop in and do some early Christmas shopping! 


Carrie Thorpe, a Leaving Certificate student from the class of 2015, has been awarded the JP McManus All Ireland Scholarship, in recognition of her excellent Leaving Certificate results, in which she obtained five A1s and one A2, resulting in a total of 615 points.  This award provides Carrie with a bursary of €6,750 per annum for the duration of her undergraduate course.  Carrie is currently studying medicine at University College Dublin.  The award ceremony took place on Saturday last, November 21st in the University of Limerick, and was attended by JP McManus, Ms Jan O Sullivan (Minister for Education and Skills) among many other dignitaries.  Carrie was also be accompanied by her family and Mr Eivers.   


Last week saw the annual LGBT week taking place in the school.  The main aims of the week were to make students aware of the local LGBT support groups and online services available to students, while being mindful of the effect homophobic comments can have on an LGBT student in the school.  The Student Council encouraged all students, both male and female, to paint their nails in different colours during the week, culminating in all students in the school being encouraged to wear something bright and colourful on Friday. 


The school has recently registered for Google’s computer science competition, ‘Call to Code’.  The first round of the competition takes place today, Wednesday, with the potential prize being a Chromebook computer for the school, valued at approximately €25,000.  Best wishes to the students involved! 


Well done to the winners of the recent Science Week question of the day competition: Jamie Bateson, Odhran Wall, Josh Kennedy, Kiana Merriman and Alex Sheehan.  The science departments also held a ‘Design a Paper Plane’ challenge for first year students.  First prize went to Dylan Radzius, in second place was Jack Brady and third place went to Luke King.  Many thanks to staff and students who got involved and to the students who helped out with the lunchtime demonstrations.


We had a great day last Wednesday when we hosted our annual visit from students at Newtownmountkennedy Primary school, St Laurence O’Toole National School in Roundwood, St Francis National School in Newcastle and Kilcoole Primary school.  The pupils spent the day at CCA experiencing student life at the school.  They visited Metalwork, Woodwork, Art, Home Economics, PE, French, Spanish, and Science and were also given a tour of the school. 


Best wishes to the Leaving Certificate Applied Year 1 class who are currently on two weeks’ work experience.

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