26th February 2016


Best wishes to Róisín Belton, Lauryn Coughlan and Sinéad Conway in Transition Year who have qualified for the Regional Finals in the Art/Fashion competition ‘Junk Kouture’.  Students in the school were busy voting for their dress ‘Solas’ last week and these votes will count for 10% of the overall result at the regional final, which takes place on March 7th in the Helix.  


Arts Week is taking place in the school this week, with each practical subject taking a day of the week to display their finest practical work – Monday is Music, Tuesday is Art, Wednesday is Woodwork, Thursday is Metalwork and Friday is Home Economics.  Each subject area had a display of best practice from both junior and leaving cert students.  Many thanks to all the students for all their hard work in relation to this event and the teachers who helped with the displays. 


Well done to all those who participated in Music Arts Day and for helping to make the day such a success.  Many of the students availed of the opportunity to perform in the GP area.  It was a fantastic experience for all singers, musicians, baton twirlers and dancers who got involved, especially the "students" who performed YMCA!


Final rehearsals are currently taking place for the school show ‘Crazy For You’, which takes place in the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray from Wednesday March 9th to Friday March 11th inclusive.  Each year, Coláiste Chraobh Abhann’s musical production provides the students with an opportunity to develop socially, personally and artistically by joining the cast of the chosen production.  Please contact the Mermaid Arts Centre to enquire about tickets on (01) 272 4030 for the show.  Tickets are also on sale in the school at lunchtime. 


The Transition Year Development Education class are running a Global Issues Fortnight (GIFT).  The main aim of this fortnight is to increase the awareness of global goals among the school community (www.globalgoal.org).  Many thanks to Fyffes who donated 600 Fairtrade bananas to the school.  The students involved have also been conducting walking debates with first and second year SPHE and CSPE classes.  GIFT is a grant aided event given to the school by Worldwise Global Schools, a subsidiary of Irish Aid. 


Bienvenue à Kilcoole!  This week we welcome staff and students from Lycée Thomas Corneille in France on the return leg of the French Exchange.  During their visit, the group will visit Dublin and do the Viking Splash tour; they will also visit Wicklow’s Historic Gaol and enjoy some bowling.  The students will experience school life in Ireland and will be treated to an Irish Dancing display and see some hurling and Gaelic football in action. 


Well done to Aoife Cullinan, Sinead Conway, Roisin Belton, Lauryn Coughlan and Alix Davis who organised a Lollipop Day in the school last Thursday and Friday, in aid of Oesophageal Cancer.  The girls raised much needed funds for this worthwhile charity. 


Congratulations to Transition Year students Cian Cullen, Laoise Cullen, Brian Short, Marc Brady and Kate Toner on reaching Stage 3 in the Certified Irish Angus Beef competition.  The group are now competing against the Top 20 schools in Ireland to win 5 Angus Beef calves.  All students are asked to like and share their Facebook group ‘CCA Angus Team’ to help the group promote the Irish Angus breed in order to win the competition. 


Many thanks to the parents and guardians who attended the Senior Cycle Options Information Night last Thursday.  The importance of making the correct choice for Senior Cycle makes this a key event in the school calendar.  Parents had the opportunity to ask questions about the different options available to students and inform themselves fully of the different programmes of Leaving Certificate preparation. 


Well done to the 5th year LCVP students who organised a very successful ‘Subject Options Afternoon’ for third year and Transition Year students to help them in making their subject choices for Senior Cycle.  Each subject was showcases by students who are studying it at Senior Cycle, with junior students encouraged to ask questions and probe the relevance of each subject to their areas of career interest. 


Next year’s first year students will spend this afternoon (Wednesday March 2nd) at CCA for interviews.  This forms part of their transition to first year in September.  The prospective students have the chance to talk about their extra-curricular interests and help staff get to know them better in advance of next year.

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