22nd April 2016


Well done to Luke Byrne in Transition Year who won the top award at the Irish Student Enterprise Awards National Finals in Croke Park last week, having overcome competition from 22,000 other students from 620 different secondary schools around the country.  He took the overall National Senior Category prize for 'Headphone Helpers' at the Finals with a patent-pending silicone band to stop earphones from getting tangled.  He has designed the product, outsourced manufacturing and the product is now on sale in almost 20 retail outlets and through his website www.headphonehelpers.com.  Luke, along with twenty students with the highest marks in the Senior Category were also offered a place at the week-long ‘Winners Business Bootcamp’, which is running in University College Cork from May 30th to June 4th.  Luke had more success in recent weeks when he took home three prizes in the regional finals of the “Get Up and Go” competition run by the PDST.  He was runner up in both Presentation and Best Quality Product and overall winner in Innovation and New Inventive Ideas.  He will be competing in the National Finals of this competition on May 3rd.  Congratulations and best of luck Luke!  Watch this space! 


Coláiste Chraobh Abhann are working towards achieving a Health Promotion Schools (HPS) flag. The initiative between the HSE and the Department of Education and Skills recognize schools' ability to make a substantial contribution to the health and well-being of staff, students and parents. “A health promoting school can be characterised as a school that is constantly strengthening its capacity as a healthy setting for living, learning, and working” (WHO, 1997).  The HPS team established areas where CCA is already showing best practice in areas of Physical Health, Healthy Eating and Positive Mental Health.

After conducting surveys with the school community to establish areas of improvement, Mental Health was the chosen area to improve.  In conjunction with ‘Active Schools’ week which takes place this week, the school is rolling out a number of actions to improve the health of staff, students and parents.  Extra events, such as stretching, yoga, walks and dance are being held in the P.E. hall throughout the school day, prior to morning classes and during lunch breaks.  We are opening a meditation room for senior students as a calm space with access to art therapy and music to assist with stress and exam anxiety. During morning tutorials, time will be set aside for Mindfulness and Breathing exercises. Some of the benefits of HPS are better learning outcomes for students, improved staff well-being, increased student self-esteem, lowered incidence of bullying and more involvement of parents. 


Well done to the Transition Year Development Education class who were presented with a Global Citizens Award at a ceremony in Limerick last week, in recognition of the work done in raising awareness about global issues in our school.  Many thanks to the Development Education Committee, the TY Global Issues class and in particular Bronte Magee Baker, Aaron O Brien, Matthew Byrne, Tristan Grant and Megan Byrne who travelled to Limerick to collect the award. 


Rehearsals are in full swing for this year’s production of 'Sive'.  This Year the CCA players will take you back to a time when love was bought and sold.  'Sive' tells the story of a beautiful girl and her wicked step aunt - Mena, who is trying to force her niece into marriage.  Will Mena get her wish or will justice prevail?  Performances run from the May 10th to 12th at the Castle Inn Theatre in Newcastle.  Tickets are five Euro and are available from the school.  


Well done to Jakub Szynal in Transition Year who won the Art competition to design the poster for the upcoming drama ‘Sive’.  These posters are now on display around the school. 


On Wednesday May 11th, the Student Council will be attending the Hike for Life in Glendalough organized by about 20 schools in KWETB to promote awareness and raise money about mental health and positive mental health.  All money will go to charities involved in mental health awareness. 


There will be a school closure tomorrow Thursday April 28th to facilitate a Whole School Planning Day to support the new Junior Cycle Implementation in accordance with DES Circular Letter 0024/2016.  The school will also be closed on Friday April 29th and Monday May 2nd and will reopen on Tuesday May 3rd.

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