5th February 2016


Students and staff at CCA are enjoying Healthy Eating Week this week.  The theme this year is ‘Sugar’ and a wide range of activities are taking place including a cookery competition for all classes and fruit bowls at lunchtime in the GP area.  Students will also have a talk from a local dentist about the importance of healthy eating to protect our teeth, and staff and students will also be treated to healthy pancakes.  Student Council members will address all classes at assembly and ‘Bodywise’ are visiting the school to talk to students about eating disorders.  Many thanks to the Home Economics department for organising what is always an informative and enjoyable week of activities. 


Good luck to three Transition Year students, Róisín Belton, Lauryn Coughlan and Sinead Conway, who are entering an Art/Fashion competition called Junk Kouture.  This competition is open to all second level pupils in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  The brief for the competition is to use junk or recycled materials to create striking couture designs and impressive works of wearable art.  The girls came up with the idea to use light bulbs to make the dress.  They used old curtain lining to make the basic shape of the dress and decorated it with the light bulbs.  They made many visits to Bray recycling Centre to get a huge variety of light bulbs and applied the bulbs to the dress in many creative ways.  As well as using the bulbs as they were, they also smashed the bulbs and used the broken glass in sections, crushing the glass and applying it with glue for a frosted effect, while also using the metal ends of the bulbs in areas.  To complement the dress they designed and made a range of accessories such as a hat, earrings, a bouquet of flowers and shoes.  The dress is called Solas (Light) and it has the appearance of an Ice Queen wedding dress with a floral patterned theme running throughout.  It even lights up!!!

The girls have spent well over 100 hours working on the dress and have displayed enormous enthusiasm and creativity, not to mention hard work and they have the cuts and scars to prove it! 


Last week, Transition year students were raising awareness around the school for The Caroline Foundation.  This foundation is in honour of the late Caroline Dwyer Hickey, who was diagnosed with cancer and after a long 9 year battle, passed away in 2013 aged 35.  The foundation was created to support the work of Professor John Crown and employ a research scientist.  TY students raised almost €300 to donate to the cause and we have also raised awareness about the work of the foundation and cancer research in general.  Special thanks to the teachers for their support and to Sinéad Roche and Nikita Sannakki for their hard work.  


Well done to our 3rd and 6th year exam students who are completing their second week of mock exams.  Students are looking forward to a well-earned break at mid-term.   


A great win for the First Year Boys Soccer team who beat St. Kieran’s from Kilkenny 2-0 last week in the Leinster Cup.  Goals on the day came from Jamie Dodd and Jamie Murray, with Man of the Match going to Stephen Kearns.  Best of luck to the boys as they advance to the quarter final. 


Congratulations to all the students who took part in a production of ‘The Pied Piper’ in The Brockagh Centre in Laragh last weekend.  It was an excellent show! 


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. 


A reminder to parents and guardians that the school will close for midterm break from Monday February 15th to Friday February 19th inclusive.

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